Sunday, May 22, 2022
Thank you to the NFB, for sharing this film with us. I recall during my early days of community engagement and outreach work that the goal of Asian Heritage Month was to "celebrate" the successes of Asians in Canada. The complicated history of Canadians of Asian heritage or mixed-race heritage has often been obsfucated by the model minority myth and problems of anti-Asian racism covered and blurred. Since the pandemic, anti-Asian racism has skyrocketed and with one city called the anti-Asian hate crime capital of the world. The 1907 riots in Vancouver is but one unfortunate historical incident among countless ones during the formation of the colonial settler society of North America. This video is an excellent reminder that the history that we forget continues to haunt us in the present day.