The pandemic has led to a sharp rise in anti-Asian racism in Canada, but it’s not a new issue

Protestors rally against anti-Asian racism. A sign is held up that reads “Stop Asian Hate.”
Protestors rally against anti-Asian racism. A sign is held up that reads “Stop Asian Hate.”
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Sometimes my mother comes home exasperated from running errands — not because of long lines at the store or the stress of trying to shop safely during the Covid-19 pandemic but rather from the experience of being harassed as an Asian woman. She’ll mask her frustration as she unloads her shopping bags and tells a story of being pestered by yet another stranger who mocked her in a pseudo-Mandarin language and demanded to know if she’s Chinese. The most recent antagonist was a non-Asian man who followed her around Costco. …

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