There has been some grumblings around Chinese-only signs in Richmond, BC. Having worked on VERY similar issues in Monterey Park, CA, I’m curious how city leaders will balance the discussion of “community harmony” and feelings of “exclusion.” Like Monterey Park, the recent wave of immigrants has changed the demographics of the city drastically and is now the city in North America that has the largest proportion of Asians.
Here is an article with some background from CBC.
The City of Richmond is hosting a community workshop tonight at the UBC Boathouse at 6:30pm. I think it might be “sold out” but if you’re interested in attending email email@example.com to RSVP. For more information, check out the City’s webpage on the matter.
I’d also recommend reading up a bit on the City’s Social Development Strategy and Intercultural Strategic Plan.
I’ll be there making observations and tweeting, so look for me! Things I’ll be looking for: language translation, interactive exercises that get people talking to each other, room arrangement, establishment of discussion guidelines, and, of course, FOOD!
Happy planning folks,