Chinatown performance aims to bring healing after racist incidents

In Vancouver's Chinatown Monday, a group of dancers, performers and artists gathered together — while still respecting physical distancing guidelines — in an act of solidarity and healing after an increase in racist attacks against those of Asian descent in the city.

The Vancouver Police Department said 20 anti-Asian hate crimes have been reported to police as of last week. In comparison, there were 12 anti-Asian hate crimes reported in all of 2019.

The Chinese Cultural Centre, where the demonstration took place, had been defaced with racist graffiti at the beginning of April.

Ziyian Kwan, a dancer and the organizer behind the demonstration, said she wanted to hold the performance as a "way to counteract the negative things that had been happening, with a peaceful action." Read more

Ziyian Kwan performs in the courtyard near the Chinese Cultural Centre in Vancouver on May 11 as part of a peaceful anti-racism performance. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

Source: CBC News

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