Recent rise of anti-Chinese racism in Canada
So I'm a CBC from the GTA. Canadian born Chinese for those who dont know the lingo.
Growing up, the racism was childish and hurtful. The pulling eyes back, being mocked with ching chong, called dog eater and being told on the regular to go back to China or that I'm not "really" Canadian, despite having been born and raised in Canada.
Fast forward to adulthood. Now I'm hearing, "fucking chink, making the housing prices go up, invading our universities, Chinese are trying to spy on us, they are stealing our resources, jailing our citizens."
How would you guys recommend I handle this spike in racist hatred I'm getting? I usually ignore it, especially when it's from a random on the street, but I'm starting to hear colleagues bring this up in my presence and put me in a corner to denounce my own heritage.
No, saying I'm not from the mainland doesnt help. Like one person hold me, "Hong Kong, Taiwan, mainland, doesnt matter, you are still a chink."
No I'm not a .50 cent communist shill (which by the way is a racist label, bc you are generalizing and trying to shout someone's concerns down by calling them a paid communist troll)
I'm a patriotic Canadian. I grew up watching CBC, loved Heritage Minutes, (I smell burnt toast)
Log Driver's Waltz still brings a tear to my eye.
But lately, I and many other Chinese-Canadians feel we are being unfairly targeted and ridiculed by global political trends out of our control.
And with the rise of Trump, what was usually off limit phrases and talking points is now popular discourse. If you think Canada doesnt have Trump supporters, you are gravely mistaken.
I feel like I have to prove my "Canadianess" to people, which is really troubling.
Thanks to everyone giving me support. You are the type of people that makes me feel I'm part of a great team.
To the doubters and trolls. It's troubling that you have some deep seated anger against people who speak out against racism. Just wish you would be more constructive.
Not all canadians are racist and instead go beyond global standards of inclusiveness. That's why we are loved abroad.
But there is a racist vocal minority, as evidenced by some of the comments in this thread, that is hurting that image.
Luckily they are a minority.