Prior to the release of the Hollywood romcom-drama Crazy Rich Asians, a poster for the movie in Vancouver has been found defaced with racist graffiti.
Photos have been circulating on social media of a bus stop near Cornwall Avenue and Maple Street in Kitsilano that has derogatory comments scrawled across it.
The word "pathetic" was written across British-Malaysian actor Henry Golding's face. Meanwhile "stupid chinx" [sic] was written on the face of Taiwanese-American star Constance Wu (who also stars on the TV sitcom Fresh Off the Boat), and "money laundering thiefs" [sic] on her arm.
According to CTV News, the graffiti was removed but not reported to police.
The film's director, Jon M. Chu, responded to photos of the vandalism on social media by stating "Nothing will shake us" and "We are still here".
Anti-Asian sentiment has been heightened in Metro Vancouver amid concerns and heated debates about the local real-estate market.
In April 2017, the Georgia Straight filed a freedom-of-information request about emails from citizens to the B.C. government about real estate. Analysis revealed that 109 of those 526 emails (21 percent) were overtly racist.
According to a 2017 Statistics Canada report, hate crimes against East and Southeast Canadians increased in Canada from 49 to 61 cases from 2015 to 2016, with B.C. reporting an increase of 17 cases.
Crazy Rich Asians is based on the 2013 novel by Kevin Kwan, and is being heralded as the first Hollywood studio film featuring a lead Asian-American cast since 1993's Joy Luck Club. The movie is set for release on August 15.