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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).

Want to report an incident? Please click here and fill out a quick questionnaire in English, French, or Chinese.

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