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Federal Minister of Public Safety Marco Mendicino said a registry of foreign agents would protect Canadians and bolster efforts to address foreign interference. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Concerned about foreign interference in Canada? An ‘enemy agent’ registry is not the answer

Political pressure is mounting on the federal government to launch a registry of foreign agents. But a history of racial discrimination is reason to be cautious.
In 1907, a large anti-Asian riot took place in Vancouver. Here is a colourized photo of 245 Powell St., a stop on a walking tour that retraces the steps of the angry mob. (360 Riot Walk, Henry Tsang)

A white riot in Vancouver: Tracing the steps of the 1907 anti-Asian mob

A virtual walking tour traces the route of a white mob that attacked Asian communities of Vancouver in 1907. Learning about past contexts may shed light on the recent surge in anti-Asian violence.
Dating apps like 2RedBeans and Tantan, that specifically cater to Chinese people, have become increasingly popular. (Joshua Chun/Unsplash)

Chinese immigrants look to digital Chinatowns to find love online

Chinese-oriented online dating platforms create “Chinatowns” in cyberspace, where Chinese daters gather in hopes of finding true love.
Asian migrant massage workers and allies rally against Newmarket’s discriminatory licensing crackdown on their workplaces in front of Newmarket Municipal Offices. (Friends of Chinatown Toronto)

An Ontario crackdown on massage parlours continues Canada’s legacy of anti-Asian racism

Newmarket’s draconian use of bylaws and licensing to target and displace Asian massage workers risks taking us back to a racist past in Canadian history, where Asians were seen as moral threats.
International students living abroad who face unpredictable pandemic travel restrictions during holidays may be feeling vulnerable, and reaching out is important. (Shutterstock)

Amid COVID-19 stressors, international students and their university communities should prioritize mental health supports

Peer support, opportunities to engage in responses to combat racism and bias and culturally responsive counselling are important for the mental health and well-being of international students.
Within a month of its release, South Korea’s ‘Squid Game’ has become Netflix’s most-watched original, breaking the record previously held by ‘Bridgerton’. (Shutterstock)

Asian pop culture may be trending, but so is anti-Asian racism and discrimination

Just because Asian content is currently trending, doesn’t mean anti-Asian racism and discrimination aren’t. Let’s support Asian people in accessing mental health services.
People wearing masks attend a rally opposing discrimination against Asian communities in Toronto in March 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Why Alberta must rethink its ban on Canada-China university collaborations

Banning research ties with China, as Alberta just did, should be vetoed not only by the academic community but also the general public for its recklessness in fanning the flames of anti-Asian racism.
Although we would like to think there is a big difference between racialized curiosity and physical violence, there is not. Rather, it is a spectrum of violence that hinges on the very assumptions behind a seemingly innocent question. (Shutterstock)

History of Asian activism tells us to share the burden of responsibility in fighting racism

To remove the burden of responsibility, everyone must take over some of the work that diverse communities have been doing to combat prejudice and fear for decades.

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