Dave Fong, whose family has been in Newfoundland since the 1890’s, and a visiting Chinese student have both experienced racist assaults amid the pandemic in St. John’s. “I think the pandemic just became [an] impetus for the racism here to be thriving and rise up, and that really saddens my heart,” Ting-ting Chan told CBC
What Does Racism Feel Like?
Amid fear and panic of the COVID-19 pandemic, anti-Asian racism among Canadians wrote itself into our common history. Chinese Canadians, many of whom have deep, multi-generational roots in this country, experienced racism along with other Asian communities and Indigenous peoples, anyone seen as “Chinese”.
These are some of the many reported incidents of micro-aggressions, hate incidents and hate crimes told from the point of view of victims of racism in Canada. This list is representative of the Asian Canadian experience during the pandemic, and it is not a complete list of incidents. Many types of racially motivated aggression often go unreported, or they do not make it into the news.
Through the pandemic, Chinese and Asian Canadians began reporting hate incidents to CCNC-SJ’s community allies, including Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter’s “Fight Covid-19 Racism” website, and Vancouver-based Project 1907’s Racism Incident Reporting Centre. Other witness accounts can be found at Montreal-based Groupe d’entraide contre le racisme envers les asiatiques au Quebec (GECREAQ).
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“It’s shocking that a town that marches for Black Lives Matter still breeds hate toward people of colour. As one of the only Asian families in Pembroke –growing up we were looked down upon. I specifically remember an incident regarding a friend’s parent, they had said, ‘Cindy has nothing, look at her family, if she
Edmonton mom and media consultant Serena Mah has an in-depth discussion with CBC Edmonton’s Radio Active with Adrienne Pan about her 12-year-old son’s experience at a local skate park in August, 2020. She relates how her family and broader community are dealing with racism during COVID-19. “To the young man who spat at my son,
Toronto activist Justine Abigail Yu, founder and editor at @livinghyphen magazine, gives a detailed account in a July 26, 2020, Instagram post of her experience being the target of one teacher’s racist rant, while she was reading a book in a local park. “The shock and fury I feel in my body right now is
Calgarian Jessica Lau was spat on by a passing cyclist, identified as Justin Williams, a former University of Calgary men’s basketball manager, while she was skateboarding along a popular city pathway with her boyfriend. Watch the video of the assault here. “I’m 27. I’ve never experienced any form of racism in my life, and that
Asian Canadians living in Vancouver speak about their personal experiences living through COVID-19 and the additional social and mental health burden of racism, in this CBC News report on June 4, 2020. “Every incident has a ripple effect. Even if you’re not the victim this time, it can leave an impression.” — Lien Yeung, CBC