Chinese Canadian National Council applauds Bank of Canada's apology
Today, Carney said "the Bank's handling of this issue did not meet the standards Canadians justifiably expect of us".
This came after the bank made a female scientist appear less Asian-looking following complaints from members of a focus group.
Carney also said that in light of the controversy, the bank will review its design process.
The CCNC's executive director, Victor Wong, called this a "win-win" in a statement distributed to the media.
"I had a brief and cordial telephone conversation with Governor Carney (at 11:30am EST) and CCNC has offered to give input to the BoC review process," Wong stated.
Prior to the apology, Vancouver cultural activist Todd Wong, organizer of the annual Gung Haggis Fat Choy dinner, sent the Straight a revealing note from Hilda Ching, a former Ruth Wynn Woodward chair in SFU's women's studies department. It concerned the Bank of Canada's design of its note (and it was emailed to Wong after he included a link to her report on his site).
"This is Hilda Ching responding from Hawaii. Thanks Todd for your comments. I am amazed that the Woodward report is available. Since 6 of us founded SCWIST (Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology) in 1983, the profile of women scientists has changed considerably. The women are young professionals with Asian, Indo-Asian and European origins. We value their diversity, complexity of backgrounds and images. The change of the woman's complexion to 'white' on the banknote reinforces the image that science as a white male and female's elitist community. The white guy in a lab coat is history; so it would have been appropriate to have kept that image on the bank note as a 'typical' Canadian woman in science. In other words, 'white' is not 'typical' in the science community anymore."
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