The immigrant services group ‘SUCCESS’ is offering counselling to fearful newcomers following the distribution of racist flyers in communities across Vancouver.
Residents in Richmond were shocked to find flyers targeting Chinese people in their mailboxes earlier this month, promoting far right racist propaganda.
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SUCCESS CEO Queenie Choo says their group are now offering counselling to immigrants who feel vulnerable as a result.
“The sentiment in divisive flyers, as well as some other racial remarks, are totally inappropriate. SUCCESS is willing to extend the help to those people who need help through our counselling services or our Chinese helpline,” she says.
SUCCESS will hold a forum next year addressing anti-immigrant activity in Metro Vancouver, where they plan to facilitate dialogue between newcomers and long-term residents.
“We want to make sure that there is support to people or newcomers who are coming to Canada who might be exposed to any undue stress.”
Silent demonstration planned
Residents in Richmond will also hold a silent demonstration Sunday to stand up against racism in reaction to the anti-Chinese flyers.
Members of the ‘We are One Community’ will hold the demonstration at Richmond Brighouse Skytrain station.
Organizer Edward Liu says all ethnicities are welcome.
“We are no different from anyone else living in the community. We have a mortgage to pay every month, we pay taxes to fund the services that we receive. So this demonstration is just trying to tell people that our community is one of the most culturally diverse communities in the country,” he says.
Liu says the flyers were meant to provoke, and added he feels sorry for those who issued them.