As we enter this federal election, it is important for Asian Canadian communities to be informed about each political party’s positions and strategies to combat anti-Asian racism. The rise of anti-Asian racism in Canada during the pandemic reveals deep-seated systemic racism and structural discrimination against Asian Canadians. This has existed since the arrival of settlers from Asia in the 1700s (view Press Release).
“Anti-Asian racism is not the flavour of the month. Political leaders have condemned the rise of anti-Asian racism during the pandemic, so Asian Canadian communities need to be assured that dedicated and ongoing attention and efforts will be paid to addressing anti-Asian racism at all times.”
– Amy Go, President of CCNC-SJ.
Together with Asian Canadian community organizations, the Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice asked federal political party leaders to answer the following questions, with a focus on racism against Asian Canadians, and their understanding, position, and proposed action.
- The root causes of anti-Asian racism.
- 3 most effective strategies to combat systemic anti-Asian racism.
- Combating online hate.
- The pandemic’s differential impacts on Asian Canadian communities.
- Accountability, monitoring, and reporting on the progress of their commitments.
- Working with Asian Canadian communities to combat anti-Asian racism.
READ WHAT FEDERAL PARTY LEADERS HAD TO SAY ABOUT ANTI-ASIAN RACISM
Click the images below to read the full statement from the NDP and Liberal Party.
Supported by: Asian Canadian Women’s Alliance (ACWA), Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop (ACWW), Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic (CSALC), Chinese Canadian National Council, Toronto Chapter (CCNCTO), Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA), Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers Ontario (FACL), National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC), National Association of Japanese Canadians, Toronto Chapter (NAJC-TO), Korean Canadian Scholarship Foundation (KCSF), Project 1907, Project PROTECH, REEL Asian International Film Festival, South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALC), and Elimin8Hate (a VAFF organization)
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