Anti-Asian Racism: History and the Present in Canada

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In this roundtable, we will join our community to learn more about the discrimination targeted towards the Asian community .

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Quite recently, several Asian-American individuals were killed during a shooting motivated by anti-Asian racism. This event underscores that racism exists on a continuum, starting with specific stereotypical believes on the one hand and outright violence on the other. In the context of the COVID pandemic, we have seen a disturbing increase in anti-Asian racism, but deep-seated and longstanding anti-Asian racism has always been prevalent in Canadian society. While there is overlap between types of racism (such as anti-Black racism or anti-Indigenous racism) each population also experiences discreet and specific forms of discrimination.

In conversation with our panelists:

Sharon Yeo (program manager at Catholic Social Services)

Vivian Kwan (coordinator, planning and engagement, Homeward Trust Edmonton)

Samantha Louie-Poon (doctoral student)

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