Stop Asian Hate
May 19 to July 3, 2021
Open Gallery
In response to the recent rise in anti-Asian racism the Kamloops Art Gallery is using the Open Gallery as a space to create awareness and generate dialogue. People of Asian descent are the largest racialized community in Canada. The Canadian government has a long history of anti-Asian policies, including the Chinese Head tax, the Chinese Immigration Act, the Komagata Maru incident, and Japanese Internment. The past year has seen an alarming rise in Anti-Asian racism in Canada, most noticeably in British Columbia.

Bloomberg media recently released an article condemning Vancouver, BC, as the “Anti-Asian Hate Capital of North America” and included data from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism out of California State University at San Bernardino. Anti-Asian hate incidents in Vancouver have increased 717% compared with 2019, with nearly 1 in every 2 Asian British Columbians reporting a hate incident in the past year alone.

As British Columbians and as community members in general, we each have an urgent responsibility to educate ourselves and actively work towards a better future.

Come see our text on the Open Gallery and take a resource bookmark to help educate and contribute to the stand against racism.



Curated by Craig Willms, Assistant Curator, Kamloops Art Gallery
View images of the exhibition here.

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