Campaign #1: End Normalized Racism Against Asian Canadians —
Its time to bring attention to the misidentification of racism against minority groups, particularly Asian Canadians, who become victims to discriminatory remarks and actions that are often unrecognized and thus undervalued. Asian Canadians are forced to endure prejudicial remarks concealed from society’s awareness as it contrasts the stereotypical model of racism. First, the beliefs and actions native to a specific Asian descent does not characterize the entire distinction or continent. China is not the only country in Asia, and their cultural traditions should not be automatically imposed on surrounding countries. Second, Asian Canadians are not defined by a single characteristic linguistic style. The word “chink” is a negative representation of Asian dialect in the west that does not reflect the diverse range of languages in the continent. It is an insult on the thousands of years of linguistic development that have manufactured modern day communicative conventions in Asia. Third, we are not bounded to a single profession but our upbringing, environmental influence and personal drive contribute to the Asian dominance in particular high-income and higher education jobs. However, that does not mean that we must partake in these careers, but rather possess the freedom to pursue our personal aspirations. The youth should not be pressured out of pursuing a career path of choice by external influence who reject professions of supposed low wages and lack of employment opportunities. In this campaign, we will highlight Asian Canadian excellence while bridging the distinction between racism against differing ethnic groups. We will be expanded more on each of these points and more in the next posts.