Toronto becomes third city to condemn Maclean's "Too Asian" article

Toronto city council has passed a motion calling on Maclean’s magazine to apologize for its “Too Asian?” article, becoming the third Canadian municipality to wade in on the story.

Vancouver city council passed a similar motion earlier this week, while Victoria was the first city to condemn the piece, resolving to write a letter to Maclean’s expressing concern over the title of the article.

The Toronto motion, introduced by councillors Mike Layton and Kristyn Wong-Tam and passed by a vote of 27-14 Thursday evening, called on the city to “request that Maclean’s apologize unreservedly for the negative stereotyping of the Asian-Canadian community”.

The Chinese Canadian National Council, which has called the article offensive and “full of stereotypes”, commended the action.

“We appreciate this boost of support from Toronto City Council in our national campaign to hold Maclean’s to account,” said Victor Wong, the executive director of the CCNC, in a news release Thursday.

Since the article ran on November 10, the magazine published a commentary defending the piece.

The statement read: “Although the phrase “Too Asian?” was a question and, again, a quotation from an authoritative source, it upset many people. We expected that it would be provocative, but we did not intend to cause offence.”

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GOT
Perhaps we could now hear from citizens' councils of the many cities in Canada that don't have a large Asian-Canadian population? Better yet, seeing as how Maclean's is a national magazine, perhaps they could run a poll on their website to see how many Canadians think an apology is required. By the way, those 'stereotypes' weren't just about Asians. I took great offense to the portrayal of white students as the piss-it-up-party-'til-you-puke crowd. I hardly EVER puked! But the ridiculous reaction to this article is getting me pretty close...I mean, c'mon people! Lighten UP! Or at least pass the Gravol.
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Bruno15
One need not do any research to find out where there are significant concentrations of Asian Canadians in Canada. One need just find out which city councils have condemned the MacLean's article.

This doesn't mean that councils outside of these condemning city's are racist, but only means that they don't have any significant amount of ethnic Asian voters to pander to.

Weak.
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fratboy
What if the article was called "Too Jewish" or "Too Black" or "Too White"? Now do you see why its offensive to Asians?
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Bamboocanuck
@GOT I would love to "lighten up", but for some reason I remain incontrovertibly yellow.
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GOT
@bamboocanuck.Good shot! I've often considered, within the context of being 'too white', how could I be less white? You know what? My families met on the prairies, and I'm glad to consider myself within the metis nation. I'm not 'white'. I'm Canadian.
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Taxpayers R Us
I sincerely hope that Maclean's stands by the article. There should be nothing wrong with a publication discussing a matter such as this.

Disappointing, though, to see how transparent and spineless our politicians continue to be.
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Ken Lawson
Do not listen to Victor Wong he is a party of one. The fact remains that there are far to many Foreign Students in Canada from Hong Kong and China period, When many of our own Asian and Caucasian students cannot get in. Im a biracially married Canadian that agrees with MacLeans. The real problem we have Minister James Moore, a senator Vivian Poy in a place that should be abolished, Poy never gets her facts straight at the best of times. and how many of you know how Vivian Poy got into Canada in the first place.
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Dugy Stiel
Concentrated of Asians can be found on the city' motions? Victoria is hardly an Asian concentrated city.

Too many foreign students from Hong Kong and China? That's because firstly, they have enough academic achievements to pass the entrance requirements, while many of the locals do not. I'm sure they would not be allowed if they don't. Secondly, the paid the full academic fees, and such, not subsidized by our government. Thirdly, having foreign students in student population and academic environment enrich the academic community by ways of cultural exchange and cross cultural understanding, so institutions see it as a positive program.

I see, so you are not a racist, but you are just a "nationalist".
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Ken Lawson
I would say Senator Vivian Poy is not worthy of being in the Senate and James Moore is not MP or Minister that Im a fan of, due to his bad attitude before and during the winter olympics. But that is for residents of riding to decide but should not be a Minister. Conservative - Reformer, Now you ask what is a Conservative - Reformer, A Conservative - Reformer is a Reform member who did not join the Conservative Party of Canada because of their total dislike for the Progressives of Mulroney being in the Party, but there are thousands and thousands in BC whom have not decided where to place their hat. I would like to Reform members in our City Halls of BC, not just at the Provincial or Federal level.
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Ken Lawson
Look who is speaking:
CNNC (no members) organization with one member Victor Wong former Vancouver resident and a career with Stats Canada.
Mike Layton son of Oliva Chow and Jack Layton, what choice did he have Oliva would spank him if he did not speak in her favour.
Who the hell is Kristy Wong - Tam
What is needed on our Council (Vancouver) is a member of the Indo Canadian community 2nd largest,and the third largest visible minority the Filipino to replace the current Chinese that do not put Canada first. This would clearly show the diversity of the city.
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swanson
my only beef is with wealthy pricks who have no intention of contributing to canada, but love to invest in the real estate, thus pushing the price up for people that actually need a place to sleep and stay warm.

regardless of your ethnicity you can certainly go fuck yourselves.
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Bruno15
@Dugy Stiel - Victoria is over 7% of Asian origin (not counting East Indians which would add another 1.2%).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria,_British_Columbia#Ethnic_origins
Compare this to only 4% in Montreal.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montreal#Demographics
Victoria City council found this demographic large enough to pander to.
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Who is CCNC?
Why do we always hear about CCNC? It was once a good organization but since 2006 it has done nothing and most of it's claimed 27 chapters are already defunct or they do not support CCNC National, which is based in Toronto and nowhere near BC. Apart from the occasional press release I get in my email when CCNC claims responsibility for many events and things it had no role in, what does it do now? I can't recall anything that CCNC has done in the Lower Mainland recently. It has become a shadow of its former self.
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Ken Lawson
Who is the CCNC the CCNC has no members it is Victor Wong himself, yes the chinese media and our media suckers always run to him, but never anyone else, he is employee of Stats Canada and used to live in Vancouver, he is like George Chow a organization of one member himself.
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claire hurley
Many high schools and some post-secondary institutions allow the use of cell phones in class. Now, let's figure out how to get those high marks...have taught at both levels so I know whereof I speak. Politicians pander to the visible minorities....taxes keep rising...how come we've so many people using Food Banks this year & one has to prove need before getting any food. Something is seriously amiss. Too bad we don't have WikiLeaks here.
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Bobby Peru
Well, "Swanson" before you start getting xenophobic over "wealthy pricks' you ought to remember that much of downtown Vancouver's malls and office buildings are owned by offshore, European real estate investment funds who also have no interest in Canadian and Vancouver culture beyond making a return.

If you are referring to the rising home prices due to foreign investors you ought to be condemning the Canadian "pricks" who are selling their property to foreigners. Don't forget that for every buyer there is a seller. Maybe you'd feel happier if there was a law that fixed all property prices so no one could ever profit - like in Cuba.
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Who is CCNC?
I heard this weekend that under its current leadership CCNC National has abandoned the accepted practice of having its board govern the group. Apparently, it is now in existence only for "advisory" purposes and that it is run for the most part by its executive director, Victor Wong. Furthermore, I cannot remember the last time when a CCNC annual general meeting was held or even advertised.
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PT Barnum
Too Asian? Perhaps what is really meant here is: Too many non-whites with better education, stronger work ethic and possibly more intelligent? The founding peoples of this country feel threatened, not be race but by character. The white man is discovering how it feels to be aboriginal.
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Chris S
Free media should never have to apologize to governments for printing facts and/or bringing forward opinions of others for the sake of discussion. Maclean's saw an issue that some people found needed discussing, and went out and got cold hard statistics, and spoke to those people involved in the issue. Nowhere in the article was there a statement that could not be backed up with numbers or that was stated as someone else's opinion.
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Maclean's deconstructed 1
Here is the quality of Maclean's journalism:


1. Catherine Costigan, Ph.D. writes: We regret that overall, however, our research were misrepresented or simply not represented, in this article. Our research has no bearing on issues related to Asian university students or university student life in general. Instead, our Intercultural Family Study is an investigation of cultural adaptation, family relationships, and psychological adjustment among immigrant Chinese families who have children in high school. http://thinknotfear.wordpress.com/2010/11/30/a-statement-from-uvic-psych...

2. Nikki Best is quoted in the Maclean’s article: “We had a problem getting students out of their bedrooms,” says Nikki Best, a former residence don who sits on Waterloo’s student government, who explains they “didn’t want to get behind in their grades because of coming out to social events”. Nikki Best said her quote was taken out of context, she was referring to students in general not just Asian students.

3. Luyang Yan, the international student carrying the Chinese flag in the feature photo has asked why Maclean's would publish a picture of two international students with the PRC flag against the headline "Too Asian"? when according to the U of T Student Union, some 6,000 students participated at Clubs Day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnO20zANWfw&feature=fvwk.

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