Oct 03, 2021
By Jeremy Logan
An Asian-Canadian senator says some recent personal experiences have him concerned about what he describes as a rising tide of anti-Chinese racism in this country.
Senator Yuen Pau Woo, leader of the Independent Senators Group, was one of 33 senators who voted to defeat a motion decrying China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims as a genocide last June.
While they all faced criticism from some quarters, Woo was the only one who seems to have been singled out as an alleged stooge of China’s communist regime or told to resign and “go home.”
Last week, Woo was labelled a “mouthpiece” for China’s communist regime after he retweeted an article that cited a former U.S. ambassador saying that Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou was taken hostage by the United States, assisted by Canada, as part of its trade and technology war with China.
Others have voiced similar opinions without being denounced as mouthpieces or stooges of China.
Woo believes that’s a specific kind of criticism reserved for people of Chinese descent, meant to stigmatize and type-cast them.
He fears that recent immigrants from China, who still have connections to family there, may be even more susceptible to what he says is growing anti-Asian sentiment.