TERESA Wat, MLA for Richmond North Centre and BC Critic for Tourism, Arts, and Culture, released the following statement in honour of Asian Heritage Month:
“May is a special month in British Columbia, where we celebrate Asian Heritage Month and recognize the rich and diverse cultures, histories, and contributions of Asian Canadians to our province and country.
“Asian Canadians have made immense contributions to our economy, society, and culture, from building railways to shaping our arts, food, sports, and even serving in all levels of government.
“While we celebrate the achievements and resilience of our vibrant and dynamic Asian communities, we must also acknowledge the challenges they face. The rise in anti-Asian racism and hate crimes has caused fear, trauma, and harm to many Asian Canadians, particularly women and elders. The BC United Caucus stands with them in solidarity and commitment to fighting all forms of racism and discrimination in our province.
“Together, we can build a more inclusive and equitable British Columbia, where everyone can live, work, and thrive without fear or prejudice. This month, I encourage all British Columbians to learn more about Asian history and heritage, support Asian-owned businesses and organizations, and engage in meaningful conversations about diversity, inclusion, and belonging.
“Let us celebrate the strength, resilience, and diversity of our Asian communities, and work towards a brighter and more inclusive future for all British Columbians.”