Asian Canadian Montrealers talk about the experience of being racially targeted by other Quebeckers, in a roundup of incidents reported by Le Tele Journal host Pascale Nadeau, on April 11, 2020. “… nous sortir et porte une masque, en plus d’etre asiatique, c’est comme ca qu’on met un cible en effet sur notre front.” /
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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Toronto ER nurse Katherine Cheung was downtown with a colleague getting something to eat at a restaurant that was offering take-out specials for health care workers when she was targeted by an older white woman and assaulted. “She told me to go back to wherever I came from, and called me racial slurs. Then she
Actor Russell Yuen, a fourth-generation Chinese Canadian, took a break from filming Swan, while in North Bay, Ontario, where a man accosted him and blamed Yuen for COVID-19. “He said, ‘Why are you not wearing a f*****g mask?’ and ‘Get the f*** away from me’.” “The gentleman said, ‘Oh it’s nice out here,’ and I
Queen’s University students held a COVID-19 themed party in early February 2020, prompting Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhang to consider the pain of social isolation in his short film Wuhan–Toronto, 2020.02.14. It explores the hurt and emotional trauma of the Chinese Canadian community. Right now people feel scared to show that I’m a Chinese (person) on