Chinese in Canada a target of increased hate during pandemic

first_imgEllen, who asked to be identified by first name only, said the database will guide advocacy to combat racism.”Very lewd, inappropriate and derogatory remarks and gestures, I’ve experienced quite a bit of that, mostly referencing characteristics of being Asian,” she said.”The anticipation of what might happen to me is quite stressful, scary and disturbing.” Vancouver resident Trixie Ling recalls her disgust and anger after a passing stranger taunted her with racial and sexual slurs in early May. Then he spat on her face.”I was feeling a mixture of shock, disgust and sadness that it happened to me,” Ling said in an interview with AFP near the scene. “But I knew I’m not the only one this has happened to.” Hate-mongeringA stone lion statue on the historic gate of Vancouver’s 125-year-old Chinatown was vandalized last week with “China” and “Covid” graffiti.A nearby Chinese cultural center’s windows were also recently vandalized. A mobile police surveillance camera trailer now monitors the area.Canadian singer Bryan Adams, who recorded his biggest hits in Vancouver, inflamed tensions with a tweet blaming COVID-19 on “bat eating, wet animal market selling, virus making greedy bastards.”Wet markets sell fresh food and produce, including farmed animals and wildlife. One such market in Wuhan, China has been identified by the World Health Organization as a possible source or “amplifying setting” of the outbreak.The “Cuts Like a Knife” singer later apologized for the “racist” post.Vancouver church pastor Daniel Louie, who co-organized an online anti-racism town hall in mid-May, said criticism of China’s government must be distinguished from stereotypes about Chinese people.The hate-mongering has also spilled out against people who were mistaken for Chinese or through association, including of Japanese, Korean or Vietnamese descent. ‘Shockingly high’ The ResearchCo poll also found that 24 percent of South Asians reported racist insults. Even Indigenous people reported being targeted.”It’s so shockingly high, I had to go back to the calculations to make sure there was nothing wrong with the numbers,” said pollster Mario Canseco. The survey is considered accurate within 2.5 percent.”There’s this element that comes out blaming an entire ethnicity for what is going on. It should be cause for great concern,” he said.Vancouver resident Dakota Holmes, who is Indigenous, said a man told her to “go back to China” before punching her in the head, leaving Holmes on the ground with bruises after she sneezed from seasonal allergies.”He said all these racial slurs,” Holmes recalled. “I’m Indigenous, not from Asia; he didn’t care.”British Columbia Premier John Horgan condemned the rising acts of hate as “unacceptable,” saying that “racism is a virus” and “hate has no place in our province.”But while political leaders, police and community advocates alike condemned the incidents, others want to see more aggressive preventive action by authorities, such as financial support for organizations serving the Chinese-Canadian community, offering victims mental health services, and backing initiatives to educate witnesses on how best to respond.”I would focus the attention, if someone is being verbally abused, on the victim — not the person harassing them,” Louie advised.Some advocates suggested that the racist incidents are not simply a short-term fad, but that the pandemic is bringing long-standing societal prejudices to the surface.Recalling her assault, Ling said it “lit a fire” in her to speak out.”People are afraid of going outside not because of COVID but because of their skin color,” she said. “It’s important for all of us to do something when you see it happening — to not be ashamed or silent, because if many people speak out, that’s how we fight against racism.”center_img Ling is indeed not alone. From spitting and violent attacks, to verbal assaults and vandalism of Chinese cultural sites, Chinese residents of Canada’s third largest city — who make up 26 percent of its population, according to the last census in 2016 — say they feel increasingly unsafe and unwelcome.A new survey obtained by AFP suggests the problem is deeply rooted: one in four British Columbians of Asian descent (70 percent of whom are Chinese) said someone in their household had been targeted with “racial slurs or insults” since March, according to the ResearchCo poll of 1,600 adults.Vancouver police are also investigating 29 anti-Asian incidents over the past two months, seven times more than the same period last year, the police chief revealed.Another Vancouverite who experienced racism during the pandemic helped launch an online reporting form for others to share their experiences anonymously.  Topics :last_img read more

Cricket News CAB Invites Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina And Narendra Modi For India Vs Bangladesh Test

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Bangladesh are embarking on their second tour of India in the last three years. In 2017, the team had broken new ground as they played their first-ever Test in India during the match in Hyderabad. In 2019, Bangladesh will embark on their first full tour of India by playing three Twenty20 Internationals and two Tests which will be part of the ICC World Test Championships. The first Test will be played in Indore while the second match will be played at the historic Eden Gardens from November 22 to 26. However, according to sources, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has sent an invitation to Bangladesh Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina to watch the game. The sources revealed that CAB has also sent invitation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi but it couldn’t be confirmed. An unnamed senior CAB official said, “I can confirm that an invitation has been sent to Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina’s office some time back. However in case of our Honourable PM, BCCI president-elect Sourav Ganguly is looking into it. I cannot confirm or deny the development,” the official added. The potential cricket diplomacy could be part of a larger diplomatic relations between India and Bangladesh, which have ebbed and flowed in the past couple of months. Recently, a Border Security Force (BSF) jawan was killed, while another injured on Thursday in firing “apparently” by the Border Guards Bangladesh (BJP) troops of Bangladesh along the international border of the two countries in West Bengal. Prior to that, three Indian fishermen went for fishing in River Padma in the border area and one of them was apprehended by a BGB patrol party.Also Read | Tamim Iqbal Back In Bangladesh Squad For Twenty20 Internationals Against IndiaBangladesh and India’s Prime Ministers met recently during the start of October where they decided to set up a joint coastal surveillance system and launched an LPG supply project. Prime Minister  Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina held “comprehensive” talks, signalling further expansion of already close strategic ties. The two sides signed seven agreements and launched three projects including import of LPG by India from Bangladesh besides resolving to expeditiously prepare a draft framework for sharing of waters of six rivers. In the discussions, PM Hasina also raised her concerns over roll out of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, an exercise carried out to identify genuine Indian citizens living in Assam and weed out illegal Bangladeshis.last_img read more