Anti-Asian racism in Vancouver's Chinatown
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.