With Vancouver's large and ever-growing Asian Canadian population, racism against Asian people isn't always seen in overt ways, and often manifests through passive-aggressive means to skirt around political correctness.
Then again, in my own life, I've been called a "chink" more than a "Jap", and a ranting woman walking by me in Yaletown once called me a "fucking child of geisha". I covered by mouth giggling and gave her the peace sign. Which I turned into the finger.
Anyhow, two episodes from the ABC News series What Would You Do?, which takes a look at how bystanders would react to witnessing examples of discrimination, focus on racism against Asian Americans.
The show stages provocative scenarios in various settings, with actors playing roles in front of unsuspecting people. The reactions are recorded by hidden cameras.
Here's what happens when a female patron getting a foot massage in New Jersey says racist things about Asians on her cellphone in front of a Korean staff member.
At a nail salon in Dallas, Texas, a woman, and later a man (both actors), insult the Asian nail technician in front of other customers.
The witnesses in this video are much more vocal and confrontational than in the previous one.
It'd be interesting to see what would happen if this were staged in Vancouver.
Would Vancouverites stand up and speak out? Or would they be too inhibited by Canadian politeness?