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Most Chinese and South Asians in B.C. report discrimination

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A quarter of British Columbians with ethnic Chinese or South Asian origins say they have experienced moderate or significant amounts of those types of discrimination in B.C. as a result of their ethnicity. In total, four in five report experiencing at least a small amount of such discrimination.

“The good news is that the majority have experienced only small amounts (of discrimination), but still to have a quarter of this segment of the population experience a moderate or significant amount is not something that our society should be proud of,” said Steve Mossop, president of Insights West.

An Insights West poll of 658 ethnic Chinese and South Asian British Columbians in August and September found more than half reported experiencing a “small amount” of discrimination in B.C., 19 per cent said discrimination has been “moderate” and six per cent said it’s been “significant.” Sixteen per cent said they have felt no discrimination because of their ethnicity.

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Source: BY DOUGLAS TODD, Vancouver Sun, October 16 2014

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