Anti-Chinese racism is Canada’s ‘shadow pandemic,’ say researchers
June 25, 2020
By Vancouver Sun |
Many Chinese Canadians fear that Asian children will be bullied when they return to school due to racial tension arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
A survey of more than 500 Canadians of Chinese ethnicity by the Angus Reid Institute and the University of Alberta has found that anti-Chinese racism is rife in our society, what the researchers call a “shadow pandemic.”
That parents are afraid to send their children to school is “heartbreaking,” said ARI executive director Shachi Kurl. “Racism is the secondary virus that has had an outbreak since the pandemic was declared.
“We have this notion of Canada as an endlessly accepting, embracing country because we are multicultural,” she said. “It’s not the case and it’s never been the case.”
Half of respondents say they have been insulted or called names because of their ethnicity since the health crisis began and 43 per cent say they have been threatened or intimidated.