Front Burner

Anti-Asian racism in Vancouver's Chinatown

In the last year, there has been a tremendous uptick in reports of anti-Asian hate crimes across North America. In Vancouver, police in February reported a 717 per cent increase in anti-Asian hate crimes over the past year. Today on Front Burner, producer Elaine Chau’s documentary shows how these incidents have changed one neighbourhood in the city: Chinatown.
An elderly woman wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 shops for dried goods at a store in Chinatown in Vancouver on January 27, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

There has been a tremendous uptick in reports of anti-Asian hate crimes across North America since the COVID-19 pandemic began last year. In Canada, surveys have found more than 1,000 self-reported incidents across the country, while Vancouver police in February reported a 717 per cent increase in anti-Asian hate crimes over the past year.

On this episode of Front Burner, we head to Vancouver's Chinatown to hear about the impact of these incidents.

Producer Elaine Chau speaks to Chinese Canadian seniors who said they experienced this violence first-hand. Chau also hears from stakeholders in the neighbourhood who want systemic issues of racism addressed in addition to confronting the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes.

 

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