‘You’re in Canada now’: BC man reprimands women for not speaking English – BC IG News

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An incident caught on camera in Richmond, BC has garnered over 300,000 views on TikTok.

Alberta resident Donna Damaso said she was on her way to Vancouver airport on August 11 when she met two women trying to buy tickets for the Skytrain.

He said that they were talking to each other in Chinese and a man was standing nearby, looking at them.

After this he started asking them where they were from.

“At first I was really excited. I saw a lot of people walking and saying nothing and that’s when I decided to confront them,” Damaso told Global News.

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In the video, the man can be heard saying, “You are in Canada now.” Damso can then be heard calling him a “racist”.

The man identifies himself as a lawyer and says to Damso, “Why do we have to bend backwards? If you go to Japan you learn Japanese because you live in Japan.”

Damaso said that women are only concentrating on their work and men need not put themselves in this position.

“I called him a racist. Maybe he doesn’t like Asians?” She said, she was shocked to see such incident in Canada.

Damaso said both women thanked him for coming in and saying something, but asked to be careful next time.

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Doris Wai Kee Month, co-founder of Stand With Asians Coalition, said she was furious when she first saw the video.

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“I kept thinking it could be my mom,” she said. “She takes public transportation by herself all the time.”

Mah said that Damaso was brave enough to step up and say something to the man in the video.

“All Canadians have to realize that we all have to consider our prejudices,” she said.

“When this white man was yelling at these women, I think the first question he asked was, ‘Where are you from?’ Which may be a friendly question but in this incident I think absolutely unacceptable and inappropriate. He asked where are you from, the reason is that you can see from the video what he was saying that ‘why are you in English’ Not speaking because we are in Canada’.

Maah said Canada is supposed to be a multicultural and inclusive society and that we need to accept and celebrate different ethnicities.

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A local lawmaker called the incident a sign of a rise in hate crimes in Canada.

New Westminster-Burnby MP Peter Julian said in a statement that “according to the latest Statistics Canada report, there has been a 72 percent increase in the number of hate crimes reported by police over the past two years since 2019.

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“What was most worrying was that a 67 percent increase in hate crimes was driven by religion, a 64 percent increase in cases motivated by sexual orientation, and a six percent increase in cases targeting race or ethnicity,” the statement said. ” ,

Julian said that such incidents prompted him to support measures such as Bill C-229 to amend the Criminal Code, a resolution to oppose all forms of hate and all forms of discrimination, hate crimes and hate incidents. inspired to. hate.

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