The celebration of May as Asian Heritage Month begins this week. Officially recognized in Canada since 2002, this is a time to prayerfully reflect on the contributions of Asian Canadians to Canadian society.
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As we celebrate Asian Heritage Month, the time is now to collectively make a stand against anti-Asian racism which is on an unacceptable rise in this country.
While some of the highest-profile recent attacks occurred south of the border, Canada has also seen a massive increase in violence here at home with Vancouver police documenting a significant jump in anti-Asian hate crimes in the past year. This is Canada - how is this happening today? The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a spike in hate crimes and violence against people of Asian descent around the world, with a recent outpouring of grief and outrage over the assault of an elderly Asian woman in New York City while a security guard stood by, as well as a mass shooting in Atlanta.
Teaching Tolerance recommends a four-step process for speaking up against bias: Interrupt, Question, Educate and Echo. Read How to Respond to Coronavirus Racism an article from Learning for Justice.
Make a choice, speak up, and make a difference.