Despite the continuation of systemic racism and the rise in hate-crimes, Canada’s diverse communities remain resilient. In 2017 I submitted a report from youth in Vancouver East documenting their experience with systemic racism and religious discrimination and their recommendations to the government. In 2021, the government passed my motion that calls on the government to include anti-Asian racism in Canada's anti-racism strategy and in all anti-racism policies and programs. At the same time, I stressed the importance of dedicated, stable funding to ensure that NGOs have the resources they need to help fight against hate and provide support to victims.

In addition to investigating and fighting rising hate crimes, I will continue to use my voice as the Member of Parliament for Vancouver East to speak against hate in all form, and continue to fight for government funding and support for communities to strengthen and grow their language, culture and heritage. It is our diverse and rich cultural heritage and the commitment to fighting racism and the desire for justice and dignity for all people that truly make Canada strong.

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But the NDP's immigration critic, Jenny Kwan, threw water on the idea, saying in a statement that the Harper government cut settlement services for newcomers and made family reunifications more difficult.
Liberal Immigration Minister Sean Fraser didn't wade into the Tories' past, but in a statement said speaking to newcomers is the job of any political leader.
"Newcomers are not a voting block to pander to. They are Canadians, and soon-to-be Canadians."

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IN THE NEWS: CBC - Cultural sites ‘under constant attack,’ director says, as graffiti and vandalism blight Vancouver’s Chinatown

MP Jenny Kwan, who represents the riding of Vancouver East that straddles both neighbourhoods, said she's been advocating for more financial grants for the community at the federal level.

She's also among those lobbying for the neighbourhood to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which would deem it an international landmark with legal protection and could help secure the funding to preserve and maintain its streets.

"We need to do it, and work together to recreate Chinatown with its history and to value its character," she said. "But we need capital investment."

IN THE NEWS: Georgia Straight - MP Jenny Kwan pays homage to the lifetime contributions of artist Johnson Su-Sing Chow

IN THE NEWS: Georgia Straight - MP Jenny Kwan pays homage to the lifetime contributions of artist Johnson Su-Sing Chow

“Professor Chow was a kind, compassionate elder and educator whose depth of knowledge and learning is truly immense," Vancouver MP Jenny Kwan said in a statement. "He moved to Vancouver when he was 58 years old and fostered the robust development of Vancouver’s Chinese-Canadian artist community through his work in education, writing, and community organizing leading to the establishment of the Chinese Canadian Artists Federation.
"Professor Chow’s paintings and drawing, particularly his beautiful Chinese ink paintings of North American scenery, have deeply enriched Canada’s art and cultural landscape.”

IN THE NEWS: Make anti-racism part of COVID-19 response, opposition MP tells Ottawa

Anti-racism should be part of Canada’s response to COVID-19 in light of the surge of hate crimes across the country during the pandemic, says an opposition MP.

NDP immigration critic Jenny Kwan is calling on the Liberal government to show leadership by hosting a federal-provincial-territorial meeting to discuss the rise in hate incidents and come up with ways to flatten that curve.

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In recent weeks cities across the country have seen an increase in hate crimes and racism related to COVID-19, particularly towards those of Asian-descent. In a Vancouver convenience store last month, a man hurled racist remarks related to COVID-19 at a 92- year-old man of Asian descent, before shoving him to the ground. Another assault was reported to the police where a visible minority woman was punched, grabbed by her hair, her face was slammed into the seats of skytrain and pushed out of the train. Similar disturbing incidents took place in Toronto where an Asian woman was hit by an umbrella, told to go back to where she came from and spat at. Most recently, a good samaritan intervened when an individual began to harassed two Asian women wearing protective masks on a bus by telling them to: "Go back to your own country; that's where it all started." The bystander was kicked, punched and wrestled to the ground by the suspect. Her hair was pulled so hard that a clump of hair was ripped from her scalp. Now, Dakota, an indigenous woman out walking her dog was punched in the face repeatedly and told to "go back to Asia".
Aside from such violent individual attacks, the Greater Vancouver Chinese Cultural Centre also saw hate messages written on their windows. The Millennium Gate in Vancouver's historic Chinatown was defaced with racist comments . These are just a few examples of the disturbing trends in the midst of COVID-19.

IN THE NEWS: Vancouver's Chinese Cultural Centre defaced with 'hateful' graffiti: police

Vancouver police are asking for help in identifying a male suspect after someone defaced several large windows of the Chinese Cultural Centre with what officers called "hateful" graffiti.

The suspect walked into the courtyard of the centre on Columbia Street on April 2 and wrote "disturbing, racist remarks toward the Asian community on four large glass windows," according to a release Friday.

Const. Tania Visintin said incidents like this are happening more often in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. She described them as "disheartening."

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