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.”