Vancouver councillor Kerry Jang criticizes New Brunswick professor’s anti-Chinese screed
A University of New Brunswick professor’s anti-Chinese polemics that have invited white supremacist feedback are drawing a response from Vancouver.
Councillor Kerry Jang has written university president H.E.A. Campbell about blog posts and emails by social science professor Ricardo Duchesne.
“The nature of the blog postings and e-mails received are troublesome in that they go beyond fair comment and abuse the privilege of academic freedom by their pejorative nature that is based on poor scholarship,” Jang wrote.
According to Jang, a second-term councillor whose family came from China during the late 1890s, Duchesne’s online articles and e-mails promoting them are attracting some unwelcome reactions.
“These postings have prompted ‘white suprem[ac]ist’ e-mails in support of his postings,” the UBC psychiatry professor also wrote to Campbell. “Dr. Duchesne sends the links to his blog postings using his university affiliation and I felt it important to bring them to you[r] attention.”
Duchesne writes on the online site of the Council of European Canadians. The council describes itself as a “group of public-minded individuals who believe the European heritage and character of Canada should be maintained and enhanced”.
“We are against an establishment that is determined to destroy European Canada through fanatical immigration, race-mixing campaigns, imposition of a diversity curriculum, affirmative action in favor of non-Europeans, and promotion of white guilt,” the council states on its site’s homepage.
‘White guilt’ is among phrases used by Duchesne in a May 26 post titled “Chinese Head Tax, White Apologies, and ‘Inclusive Redress’”.
The piece was in reaction to a motion filed by Vancouver councillor Raymond Louie that called for research into city laws, regulations, and policies that discriminated against the Chinese between 1886 and 1947. The measure passed unanimously the next day.
“The Chinese understand ‘white guilt’,” Duchesne wrote.
The University of New Brunswick professor also stated that Chinese are “not always straightforward” in their goals on securing apology and redress for historical discriminatory measures such as the head tax.
“The insanity of all this apologizing and redressing is that no one has cared to conduct a proper historical study of the events leading to the implementation of the head tax,” Duchesne wrote.
For that, the social science professor relies on Dan Murray of the anti-immigration group Immigration Watch Canada. Last April, Murray’s group circulated flyers denouncing South Asian immigration in Brampton, Ontario.
Duchesne quoted Murray’s argument that the “conventional wisdom that the Chinese were victims of persecution by the B.C. government or Canada’s federal government is incorrect”.
According to Duchesne, the concept of inclusive redress is nothing more than a “White-created cultural Marxist term employed by Chinese cultural nationalists to promote their ethnic interests in Canada”.
For Duchesne, redress is aimed at the “goal of taking Canada away from the Europeans and transforming the nation into a multicultural and multiracial society”.
In an email dated May 30, Duchesne promoted his articles as works “challenging Chinese efforts to exploit and profit from White Guilt”.
In another email on June 2, he stated that most of the articles on the Council of European Canadian site are about “efforts of Chinese migrants to profit from White guilt and extract apologies from emasculated White males”.