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Debates in Canada about China are toxic — a reply to Derek Burney

Derek Burney’s blistering attack on my recent speech in the Senate reveals more about the toxic nature of debates on China, than it does about what I said. He is entitled to disagree with my vote against the motion labelling the treatment of Uighurs in Xinjiang a genocide and moving the Olympics away from China. What is unacceptable is his distortion of my speech and the use of a xenophobic trope. Burney is right that I compared Canada’s history of residential…
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The basic income study that wasn't

When the British Columbia government announced in 2018 that it had appointed an expert panel to “test the feasibility of a basic income in B.C.”, there were high expectations among advocates that the results would be definitive. As it turned out, the report released in early 2021 did land on a definitive conclusion, just not the one that advocates were hoping for. To the question of whether B.C. should move to a basic income as the central element in its system of transfer p…
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Let's embrace Canadians living abroad as assets, not liabilities

There are upwards of 2.8 million Canadians living outside Canada — yet, as a country, we tend to ignore them unless they are celebrities. Even worse, we disparage immigrants to Canada who then return to their home countries for professional or personal reasons. Pioneering research entitled Canadians Abroad, conducted over a decade ago by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, found that Canadians abroad should not be seen as contingent liabilities on our national balance sheet,…
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Anti-China sentiment is becoming anti-Chinese prejudice in Canada

Paul Evans is HSBC Chair in Asian Research at the University of British Columbia. Yuen Pau Woo is a senator for British Columbia. Emotions about China are raw in Canada, with no sign that the diplomatic crisis stemming from the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou and detention in China of Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor will end anytime soon. Ottawa is wrestling with how to respond to a more assertive and repressive China as it reformulates the engagement policy…
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Why the recent spike in anti-Asian hate in Metro Vancouver?

Originally Published May 16, 2021 in the Vancouver Sun  There is a Chinese saying about the month of May, when we celebrate Asian Heritage Month. It is that the coming of spring brings sunshine and warmth but is also a time for sudden reversals of weather, such as a cold snap. Such is the climate for this year’s AHM celebrations, which have been tinged by the recent rise in racist acts against Canadians of Asian descent. There is now widespread recognition of the spike in physi…
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