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为什么BC比须反省恶待华人的历史

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匿名  发表于 2010-4-1 17:57:41 |阅读模式

   加和会 加拿大亚洲二战史维会主席      
                朱伟光(Bill Chu)。

Why B.C. must acknowledge its horrific treatment of Chinese
By Bill Chu

Why reconciliation? There are voices saying, ”Forget it and moveon”; “Why rock the boat when we are doing well?”; and “What good wouldacknowledging our history do?”

Someone else has said, “Peace is not a lack of war.”

Peace is also not a subservient coexistence with another group thathas expressed no acknowledgement or remorse for discriminating againstthe Chinese for a century.


Reconciliation is about bringing back such groups to hear the truthin history, to express appropriate remorse, and to undertake to treateach other with respect.

Secondly there is the issue of our identity. For the Chinese in thediaspora, they lack an appropriate historical frame of reference.If they orient themselves only toward China’s history, then they soon will find themselves and be seen as being irrelevant in their new countries.

If they orient themselves toward their new country’s history, theproblem is most new countries they end up with—like Canada, the USA,Australia, New Zealand, etc.—have a hidden but long history ofdiscrimination against the Chinese.

Here in B.C., without the current culture and curriculum paintingChinese as cofounders and builders of the province, non-Chinese willsee themselves as the hosts and the Chinese as guests. This will likelyresult in inequities from school playgrounds to work.

Since discrimination dies hard as we happen to live near the formerepicentre of racism against the Chinese, we have little choice but toseek reconciliation.

For older Chinese-Canadians, they might know some history of the Chinese pioneers. But since that is not acknowledged by the bigger society, it often becomes a deep and heavy secret in their hearts.

A World War II veteran once lamented to me that in a few years, allthe veterans will be gone and so would be the stories and history of their era.

Still others, because of their unacknowledged history, continue to subconsciously behave as second-class citizens.

Without a history to position and guide them, the more affluent, newer Chinese immigrants settle down into a laid-back living.

They become part of a massive consumer society, but have little ifany engagement in sharing the pains of this country—e.g. the plight ofthe Native people.

Ironically, we also fell into such a role in the former colony [HongKong] where the given freedom is to make money. Will being a “consumer”be our identity and destiny? What if we become poor?

For the less affluent, they will likely encounter more discrimination as the competition for white- and blue-collar work increases in a poor economy.

Such encounters do not generally inspire one to good citizenship or setting roots in Canada

Finally we have to seek true reconciliation because we are seeing false reconciliation marked by the following signs:

1. False reconciliation trivializes the oppression. During BC150celebrations, there were banquets and celebration in Victoria’sChinatown. We heard lots of political rhetoric about the contributionsof the Chinese. However the province did not and still has notacknowledged its horrific history against tens and thousands ofChinese, nor has it considered incorporating that into B.C.’s schoolcurriculum.

2. False reconciliation bypasses the victims. This year NewWestminster is planning its 150th birthday celebration. On April 4, wecontacted the mayor and council and asked them to considerincorporating redemptive actions toward Chinese Canadians.

On April 21 they sent back a simple acknowledgement of our e-mail,while on April 9, they quietly called the president and VP of CBA [Chinese Benevolent Association] of Vancouver to go to New Westminster.

These two had been informed by me of the historical wrongs by NewWestminster towards the Chinese, yet they chose to agree withoutconditions to participate in the New Westminster 150th anniversaryparade.

In so doing, New Westminster bypasses the victims: all Chinese Canadians except two.

In fact, the city even bypassed CBA of Canada, which is the grouphistorically connected with the former CBA of New Westminster. Insteadthey chose to contact CBA of Vancouver, which was formed only in the1970s!

I suggest the bigger Chinese public should decide whether it is appropriate for any Chinese group to celebrate the history of a city that has shown no remorse over its terrible treatment of our forefathers.

3. There is no apology. The province as well as New Westminster sofar has expressed no apology for being the epicentre of racism againstthe Chinese. Without a sincere feeling of remorse, would any societyturn fromits discrimination toward the Chinese?

Amid a rising China, B.C.’s white elites and politicians areflocking to China. Would Chinese both here and there be fooled intothinking that this province had always been good to the Chinese?

Bill Chu is president of Canadians for Reconciliation.
匿名  发表于 2010-4-1 18:07:42
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