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17 March, 2006 I Vol.LXXXVII  N°43
Hey, no eating the cover since 1918
The Chinese head tax: Canada's dark history remembered...6
A land divided: Arguments from both sides of the Israeli barrier.
Exploring Vancouver's multicultural television alternatives...5
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From your
friendly Ubyssey
The idea behind having an issue
of The Ubyssey devoted to cultural diversity is not to disconnect
the discourse of diversity and
multiculturalism from the mainstream discussion at UBC. Rather
,our intention was to provide a
forum through which we could
expand on a fundamental cultural conversation with a particular
relevance here at the University
and across Canada.
However, the idea of an issue
about colour seemed self-defeating to what we hoped to promote
in this issue. 'Colour' implies
identifying a person by their race
or colour of their skin, which
does not adequately represent a
person's cultural or ethnic identity and experiences.
As we are a part of Canadian
society, we believe our cultural
and ethnic origins add to the
nation's identity. UBC is fortunate to have a culturally and ethnically diverse student body and
this diversity needs to be
addressed and celebrated. To
ignore what makes us different
would limit what can collectively
contribute to the benefit of society, the University and our individual lives.
Our goal for the Colours Issue
was to provide a balanced
approach to issues of ethnicity
and culture that affect students.
We chose to do this through discussing issues that are socially
relevant to us. This includes arti-
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course, bubble tea.
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Ultimately, this issue could not
have happened without help from
volunteers and the Ubyssey's editorial staff. We would like to thank
those who contributed to this
issue; who volunteered their time
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Building barriers, walls, or fences?
The barrier hetween Israel and Palestine continues to he controversial
by Carolynne Burkholder
Depending on who you are talking
to, the 'barrier built between Israel
and Palestine could be referred to as
a  "anti-terrorist fence,"  "security
fence,* "apartheid wall,* or even a
"racial segregation wall.* The names
reflect the controversial nature of
the Israeli-built barrier—currently a
third of the way completed.
When finished, the barrier will
span the entire Israeli-Palestinian
border. Five per cent of the barrier
is concrete wall—in places up to
eight metres high—and the remaining 95 per cent is fence surrounded
by   vehicle   trenches.   Although
Dallaire recounts Rwanda
An outspoken leader, Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire spoke at the Chan Centre on
March 12, tackling issues of racism and his experience during Rwandan genocide.
Israelis and Palestinians can cross
into the other's jurisdiction, they
are required to go through checkpoints—often a long process.
The Israeli government began
construction of the barrier in June
2002, after a rash of suicide bombings during the previous nine
Supporters of the barrier note
the 90 per cent reduction in terrorist attacks from 2002 until 2005.
But opponents cite the annexation
of Palestinian land, the limitations
on the mobility of Palestinians—
particularly those who work on the
other side of the barrier—and the
lack of consultation with the
Palestinian Authority as negative
ramifications of the barrier.
Rabbi Michael Melchior, a representative in the Israeli
Parliament, said that although he
doesn't like the barrier, he agrees
with most Israelis that it is necessary right now.
"It's nasty, ugly, dividing...I'd
like to see it gone," said Melchior.
"But right now it's necessary for
both sides. It's showed we can stop
the terror."
Melchior is a left-wing Israeli,
meaning he believes in the creation
of two states—one for Israelis and
one for Palestinians.
"I believe we have to have a
Jewish state between these borders,
and also a Palestinian state within
these borders," he said.
Greg Khalil, legal advisor to the
Palestinian Authority, agrees with
Melchior that the two states
should be able to exist in the
region. But he also believes that
Israelis have infringed on the
rights of Palestinians since the
country was created.
He pointed out that 78 per cent
of the land Israel was created on
was historic Palestine.
"We've made our historic compromise and recognised Israel's
right to exist," he said.
The barrier, according to Khalil,
is just another way Palestinians are
being oppressed.
"The Israeli strategy is to take as
"i wish the world
would stop talking
in measures of
pro-Israel and pro-
Palestinian, we CAN
be both pro-Israel
and Palestine."
—Rabbi Michael Melchoir
Member of Israeli parliament
much Palestinian land and as
much Palestinian resources as possible," he. said. ,.,
Khalil described the barrier construction as "a land grab...taking
arable land, trapping cities in an
embryonic state."
He added that the building of
the barrier is not a viable way to
create a historic and lasting piece,
which he called *the real goal here."
Melchoir agreed that peace is
the ultimate goal. "I wish the
world would stop talking in measures of pro-Israel and pro-
Palestinian, we can be both pro-
Israel and pro- Palestine,* he said
describing his stance as "pro-
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Premiere showing of "Building the Boulevard," a documentary film by a UBC film
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Succeeding with WUSC
Refugee students attend Canadian
universities through sponsorship
by Megan Smyth
Bakumba Gorle, a fourth-year UBC
student, just became a Canadian citizen last week. The political science
and economics student was able to
make the move from Africa to
Canada in order to pursue post-
secondary education all due to the
World University Services of Canada
(WUSC) program that operates
at UBC.
According to their website, WUSC
is a national organisation "of individuals and post-secondary institutions who believe that all peoples are
entitled to the knowledge and skills
necessary to contribute to a more
equitable world.*
The WUSC website says that their
mandate is "to foster human development and global understanding
through education and training.* For
Gorle, WUSC provided exactly that
After leaving Sudan in 1992,
Gorle moved with his family to
Nairobi, Kenya, when he was nine
years old. After the completion of
high school in Kenya, Gorle acknowledged that the prospect of a refugee
continuing on to university is
"almost impossible unless you get
Gorle heard about the WUSC program, and the opportunities the
organisation provided, through
some friends who were still living in
Glen Peterson, the faculty advisor
for WUSC-UBC, clarified that the program on the UBC campus operates as
a club and works in conjunction with
other student-based committees at
universities and colleges across
Canada. The WUSC committee has a
long history on the UBC campus
since its establishment in 1947.
Sponsorship of refugee students
became a goal for WUSC-UBC
in 1981.
Alma Mater Society (AMS) VP
Finance Sophia Haque explained
that, "a referendum in 1985 authorised a levy of $0.50 per student to
support two refugee students at UBC
for one year.* During another referendum in 1996 the student fee-
included within the larger general
AMS fees—was doubled and remains
at this level today. The AMS budget
revealed that there was a $35,200
budget for the WUSC refugee fund in
For Gorle, the opportunity to be
one of three refugee students annually sponsored by UBC and receive aw
portion of WUSC-UBC funding has"
been amazing. The student is financially supported for one year, with
housing — usually in the on campus
Fairview residence complex — an
allowance for food and a budget for
some clothing and other expenses.
Peterson was careful to note that,
'the AMS fund never covered tuition
fees.* After the second referendum it
was the University administration
that "agreed to pay the tuition of up
to three refugee students per year
and to cover the tuition and book
expenses for the duration of their
degree program," or to a maximum
of five years.
With these resources and the support network that WUSC-UBC provides, Gorle was able to attend UBC
and achieve success in his studies.
"[WUSC-UBC] really makes life very
easy because they are so organised,*
said Gorle. "The transition was pretty
challenging academically because I
didn't know what I wanted to study,
but I was able to adjust well.*
From welcoming and picking up
the new refugee students at the
airport, to providing tutoring and
ESL classes, Rose Higgins, the
Coordinator of UBCs Student
Refugee Program—a group that
works in conjunction with WUSC-
UBC—suggested that the program
basically create "a new family* for
—Bakumba Gorle
Fourth-year UBC Student
both the incoming refugee students
and those who are helping with the
transition process.
The majority of the refugee students accepted to UBC in recent
years are from Africa, although students from the former Yugoslavia,
Burma and other regions have also
been accepted. No matter where the
refugee student is from, "all of the
individuals have to be recognised
refugees under the terms and criteria set by the UN," said Peterson.
Additionally, all WUSC refugee
student applicants nation-wide must
meet all criteria set up by the
Canadian government's department
of immigration.
"It's a very long process; it takes
at least a year and usually considerably longer than that for the entire
application process," said Peterson.
As "they only have 25 places for
all of Kenya and it's open to all
refugees," Gorle acknowledged that
he was lucky to be one of the selected
few who went through the interview.
More and more WUSC committees are popping up on campuses all
over the country and Higgins feels
that it would be ideal if more students were able to come to Canadian
universities because "there are still
plenty of qualified students in
refugee camps that don't have the
opportunity to come."
However, Peterson cautioned
against moving too quickly with
increasing the number of refugee
students accepted, especially here at
UBC. Even though WUSC-UBC has
become a model for other WUSC
associations across Canada due to its
superior organisation and high levels of funding, "we do need to make
sure that when students come that
we give them all of the attention,
guidance and nurturing that they
need," said Peterson.
For now Gorle hopes that WUSC-
UBC can focus on improving the
techniques already in place to provide refugee students with resume
writing and job building skills.
"Because the housing and living
allowance isn't covered after the first
year they always encourage students
to find jobs,* said Gorle. "The main
challenge is to find jobs after the
sponsorship deal is over.*
Gorle will be completing the last
two courses of his degree in the near
future and said that his intention is
to go back home and try to help others build Kenya, o THE UBYSSEY   Friday, 17 March, 2006
Multicultural channels help to cultivate local culture
by Alia Dharssi
In the world of television, multicultural channels present a unique
reflection of Vancouver's diverse
ethnic and cultural communities.
"As much as people of other ethnicities are a part of Canadian society, we still beheve that there has to
be a connection to where they've
come from originally and who they
are," explained Norman Wong, programming supervisor for the Shaw
Multicultural Channel (SMC) that
has been in existence since 1979.
"We beheve that this is a vehicle
that will at least make some small
contribution, so that they can cultivate and maintain their culture
because if they don't, Vancouver
won't be what it is. We won't be celebrating Chinese New Year. We
won't be celebrating Armenian
New Year. We won't be celebrating
Vaisakhi," said Wong.
Multicultural channels in
Vancouver base their programming on the cultural composition
of the population, allowing them to
focus in on the city in a distinct
way. SMC, for example, bases its
programming decisions on the
most recent immigration statistics.
Similarly, Channel M Multivision
Television, which started up in
2002, bases its programming on
ethnic predominance, as well as
regulations such as the fact that
there must be ethnic programming
between 8pm and 10pm daily.
Chinese speakers receive the
largest focus, followed by the South
Asian community.
Both SMC and Channel M have
XIN WEN: Channel M broadcasts the news in five different languages, photo courtesy of channel m
surmounted the challenge of providing high quality programming
in more than 20 languages. Art
Reitmayer, president and CEO of
Channel M, explained that starting
up a multicultural channel is not
that different from starting up any
other TV channel. Both types need
good-quality people willing to come
to a start-up business and the ability to produce high-quality programming. However, with a multicultural channel comes the added dimension of serving the needs and meeting the expectations of specific
Both Channel M and SMC are
involved injhe Vancouver community in a culturally-focused manner.
For instance, since 2000, SMC has
partnered with the local South
Asian community to hold "A World-
of-Smiles Telethon" to raise money
for the BC Children's Hospital.
Both channels also try to engage
English-speaking viewers.
"For example, our Korean
dramas, though spoken in Korean,
have English subtitles, creating
a cross-cultural result," Wong
Reitmayer stressed that, "(Channel M is] not a visible minority or
ethnic station, don't make a mistake
about that It's a multicultural station.
Don't confuse multiculturalism with
visible ethnicity."
Channel M produces much of its
own programming and has the challenge of finding capable journalists
who are fluent in a given language
and tied to that ethnic community.
For instance, Diane Collins, the News
Editor of Channel M, manages broadcast teams in five different languages: Cantonese, Mandarin,
Punjabi, Korean and Tagalog.
"I consider that all the other stations in Vancouver are our competition," Collins stated, adding that
this is because people don't necessarily watch the news in their own
language. Thus, Channel M provides unique news with a cultural
perspective that focuses on the
issues that are important to a given
community. For instance, in the
Chinese community, head taxes
have been a big issue, so the broadcasting team interviewed head tax
payers and told their stories.
SMC, on the other hand, is
unique because it produces none of
its own programming. "We actually
work with about 50 different, independent producers. They provide
us with their own ethnic programming in 26 languages to date,"
Wong said. This creates a unique
environment where producers of
different ethnicities bring their
ideas and diverse perspectives to
the channel. SMC typically broadcasts news that is more international than Channel M because it is
produced overseas and concentrates on the region it comes from.
For example, Taiwanese people can
listen to the same news that is
being broadcast in their homeland.
Within the industry, there doesn't seem to be much competition,
as there are only two multicultural
TV stations in Vancouver.
"We view ourselves as different
multicultural channels, but we're not
in competition at all. We do what we
can do to satisfy our viewers. They're
our partners because we welcome
more channels such as this," Wong
said of Channel M. "It helps the
Lower Mainland to have choices out
there and a lot of variety for multicultural programming. I don't think you
can ever get enough."
Collins echoed Wong's emphasis on multicultural television as a
vehicle for enhancing Vancouver's
diverse identity, stating that, "we
[Canadians] encourage people to
hold onto their culture. We're not
like the US, which is a melting pot.
We really respect everybody's culture and diversity." O
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An unforgotten chapter in Canadian history
After thousands of Chinese immigrants huilt the railway, the Canadian government
imposed a malicious head tax to stem further immigration. Now, Chinese-Canadians
want an apology. A look at the where the redress movement stands in Canada's modern
political landscape. by colleen tang
Canada when he was only 19 years old.
Arriving in 1919, Chow Gim (Norman)
Tan made a living working as a cooking assistant on a track steamer.
"He made his home in Canada," said Tan
of his grandfather. "He believed enough in
Tan's grandfather, like all Chinese immi-
grants at the time, was forced to pay a $500
head tax upon his arrival in the country. For
nearly half a century, though, Tan's grandfather
could not be reunited with his whole family.
"The government of Canada separated [my
grandma] from her husband for 25 years by a
racist law," said Tan.
It wasn't until 1964 that Norman Tan was
granted Canadian citizenship, along with his
young grandson.
Tan indicated that his family's history in
North America went as far back as the San
Francisco gold rush of 1849.
"In our family, after over 150 years of Tan
men coming to Canada, it's only in my generation—that [Tan children! were born in North
The Chinese Immigration Act
About 17,000 Chinese labourers were
employed working on the Canadian Pacific
Railway. They were referred to as 'cheap
labour'—paid one dollar per day, less than
half of what their white colleagues made. The
jobs that were offered to the Chinese workers
included laying track and tunneling. They
were also saddled with the most dangerous
tasks, such as handling explosives. Of the
17,000 workers, approximately 700 died on
the job.
But after the railway was completed in
1885 it was made clear that neither they nor
their services were needed anymore. Almost
immediately, a head tax payment of $500 was
imposed on all Chinese people wishing to
enter the country.
The head tax did not stop Chinese immigrants from crossing the Pacific. It did, however, result in many families being separated.
Husbands left behind wives and children to
come work in Canada; the head tax made it
too costly for more than one member of a
family to go.
For decades, there have been numerous
organisations lobbying the government to
redress the head tax issue with survivors,
spouses and descendents. During the recent
federal election, this issue garnered tremendous attention from the media.
"It's very important to recognise this issue for
what it is," said Bill Chu, head tax descendent
and spokesperson for the BC Coalition of Head
Tax Payers, Spouses and Descendents.
"Any country that had committed that sort of
crime against a portion of its own citizens
should really reflect on [itself] and do the right
thing by apologising and compensating those
harmed," said Chu.
"I think the main thing is that the people
—Sid Tan
National Director
Chinese Canadian
National Council
who physically paid for the head tax [are] dying
off altogether. Another ten years, probably
everybody will die off."
One of the reasons why this issue has yet to
be resolved is because of a lack of political com
mitment on the part of Parliament.
Chu feels strongly that a collective Canadian
effort is needed in order for this issue to be
properly addressed.
"There's a big need for Canadians to
realise that we're not simply talking about
$500 paid way back when and [asking] for
that $500," he said. "What we're really talking
about is when discrimination against a particular culture has been legalised and authorised by the state itself."
"It requires a serious apology on the part of
the country to respond to the parties and to
apologise and compensate in an honourable
way," Chu continued.
Like Chu, Thekla Li, president of BC
Association for Learning and Preserving the
History of WWII in Asia (BC ALPHA) believes
that it is a matter of honour to apologise and
redress the racism of the head tax.
"It has a great impact on the Chinese community...That's why we find it very important
to have the government redress on this racist
chapter of history in Canada," said Li. "If any of
the MPs have any sense of justice they should
support it."
Victor Wong, executive director of Chinese
Canadian National Council (CCNC) and head
tax payer descendant, noted that this historical
injustice has had a great impact on the
Chinese community. When looking at the
number of Chinese Canadians holding positions in the provincial and federal governments, Wong observed that there might be a
dozen but certainly less than two-dozen MP's
and MLAs.
"In comparison to our population of over a
million people that is not proportional. You
can see the legacy of the exclusion...[after] the
legislation was removed. There were still
racial barriers to participation and we're still
living with that today."
BC ALPHA has estimated that the $23 million collected in head taxes has a present value
of $ 1.2 billion. Japanese-Canadian internment
survivors, who were victims of similar racist
treatments—including not being allowed to eat
at certain restaurants and segregated education—were compensated for. But it took the
government 40 years to redress those issues.
Each living internment survivor was given
$21,000; additionally, the government invested another $36 million towards cultural, educational and social programs. Whether or not
Chinese-Canadian head tax payer survivors
will receive a similar arrangement is
BC ALPHA'S plan of compensation involves
two stages. The first stage demands that the
federal government pass a parliamentary resolution on the first of July to formally apologise for 62 years of "racial enactments* and
"directly consult the surviving head tax payers" in the form of an individual compensation and education fund "to make sure this
chapter of history is learned...and won't happen again in Canada," said Li.
The individual compensation is "a partial
refund...a symbolic refund to each of the families who paid and who have the [head tax]
certificate," said Li.
"The imposition of the head
tax has galvanised a lot of
activists, who are saying,
quite rightfully, why
can't the government just
respond in an appropriate
way to a long-standing
historical injustice?"'
—Peter Julian
NDP Member of Parliament
Burnaby-New Westminster
Wong agreed that some form of symbolic
redress and a formal apology is necessary.
"They want people to know that human dignity is not negotiable and that racism is
wrong," said Wong.
For now, CCNC and BC ALPHA have petitioned for a meeting with the current
Conservative government and are awaiting a
response from them.
"The government must take the initiative,*
said Wong. "They have some good will. I think
most Canadians, no matter how they voted, they
wanted to at least give them a chance so we also
want to give them a chance."
While CCNC, BC ALPHA and the BC Coalition of
Head Tax Payers, Spouses and Descendants
wait for their chance to negotiate with the current government, members of the New
Democratic Party (NDP) continue to press the
issue in parliament.
The NDP has been dnimmiag the issue
since the 1984. The party believes that this is an
issue that can easily be resolved if addressed
"The head tax issue is just one of a number
of issues that with the government stepping forward and taking action, sitting down with the
groups, finding out what would be an appropriate package to offer, it can be resolved in very
short order," said Peter Juilan, an NDP MP for
Burnaby-New Westminster. "They do not have
the political will to resolve an issue that is relatively simple to address."
A crucial mistake the Liberals made with
this issue was to try to finesse it, commented
"They didn't deal with the issue of individual
compensation. They tried to basically thin the
issue," he said. "The imposition of the head tax
has galvanised a lot of activists, who are saying
quite rightfully, 'Why can't the government just
respond in an appropriate way to a long-standing historical injustice?'"
"With the Liberals and Conservatives, they
are capable to give away billions of dollars in
corporate tax cuts at the bat of an eye," continued Julian, "But they're not willing to spend
some millions of dollars to negotiate with all the
groups concerned."
Both Julian and Libby Davies, NDP House
leader and MP for Vancouver East, agreed that
the head tax bears on Canadian identity.
"It's a Canadian issue. It's how Canadians
work to right historical wrongs and I believe
most Canadians feel very strongly that no
government is perfect and no individual is
perfect but if we're...trying to restore historical grievances, that is the Canadian way,"
said Julian.
Davies commented on the inequality in government itself, saying, "I think that Parliament
is not representative of Canadian society and
it's reflected in the decisions that are made."
Davies saw Martin's attempt to redress the
issue as too little, too late.
"Paul Martin's apology I think came too late
even for votes," said Davies. "I mean the
Liberals have held us up for more than a
decade. They had ample opportunity to do the
right thing."
The Conservative Party made a campaign
promise to reopen the issue, but according to
Davies, who was a member of the Parliament
committee created to enquire into the matter
under the Liberal government, the Tories
deserve blame for forestalling as well. t
"The Conservatives themselves... basically
made a deal with Liberals to drop the idea of
an apology."
Libbies said her party will continue to
push the for compensation and hold the current government accountable to their election
promises, said Davies.
"We'll make sure that this issue will be dealt
with early on in Parliament," stated Davies.
"Will we continue to press it? Will we continue
to hold him to account? Yes. Will [Harper] keep
his promise? I hope so, but I don't know."
According to Sana Shahram, president of the
Federal Young Liberals at UBC, her group does
feel that an apology is necessary and the Liberal
party will hold the Conservatives accountable to
their word.
"My personal view is that we definitely do
owe them an apology and the party's view on
the issue is that they also think there should be
an apology given, just the same that they expect
to give to any Canadian who has been wronged
according to their race or religion or anything,"
said Shahram.
Shahram also said the apology Martin gave
was done in the best way possible, given that
the implications of a formal apology were not
yet understood.
"I think it was actually very responsible on
his part because opening up the government
to lawsuits is not something that a responsible leadership would do without having
known all of his options and knowing what
would happen."
Money should not be a main factor in this
issue, said Shahram.
"An apology would be much more meaningful," she insisted.
The main motive for those still fighting for
redress is to get a formal apology from
Canada. An apology, however, is not as sim-
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pie as saying sorry explained UBC history
Professor Henry Yu.
"The Prime Minister could go around saying sorry all he wants but that's meaningless," said Yu.
An apology provides the chance for Canada,
as a nation, to say that they are a better country
now than they were then, he added.
"An apology is not just saying, 'sorry we're
bad people,' [but rather], Took, we're saying
sorry because we're better people now and we
wouldn't do this again.'"
"the one thing that the
head tax people have on
their side is their
stories...and to be able to
demonstrate that vividly
with frailer older people
helps. When you lose
—Gerald Baier
UBC Political
Science Professor
Yu made a comparison with the Japanese-
American and Japanese-Canadian internment
redress issues and commented on its unlikely
"It's quite a remarkable redress issue. If
[Japanese-American internment] were to happen in the U.S. again, there's no way in hell [that
it would be redressed]," said Yu. "It went
through there because there was a large scale
effort that went not just to Japanese-Americans
but also nonJapanese-Americans who always
felt this was wrong."
"It succeeded because they were able to
prove [Japanese internment] was un-
American," continued Yu. "This was something
that never should have been done."
Yu pointed out that the U.S. governement
has never apologised for slavery, and suggested
one of the main reasons why there hasn't been
a formal apology to victims of the Chinese head
tax is on account of liability.
"An apology isn't just symbolic...An apology
says, 'I'm responsible."
Yu said that the federal election helped to
bring this issue to the foreground.
"I think one of the amazing things that happened in the lead up to the election was that it
became a big issue in Chinese language press,"
said Yu. "A lot of people who wouldn't have
known about the issue or who didn't
care...came to realise that this is an issue at the
heart of all of Chinese Canada, in all its diversity. This is an issue of how a country recognises
history. The symbolism therefore is important*
This massive interest from the Chinese-
Canadian community became a problem, however, said Yu.
"I think the main problem in some sense is
that once it became an issue the Liberal government thought would get them votes from
Chinese Canadians...It's just the half-assed,
way, to use that term, that they handled it
because they just thought it would get them
votes," he said. "They just did what they
thought would work and they never bothered
to talk or listen to people who have been advocating for this for awhile.*
"That's where the NDP and the
Conservative Party [pointed out the Liberals]
fell short of what they ought to do. Even the
Martin government had to backtrack and say,
'We didn't do enough'.*
According to UBC political science
Professor Gerald Baier, it is not the refusal of
an apology, but rather the assumptions that go
along with a formal apology that has dragged
the issue out.
"I think anything like this is potentially going
to cost money. The potential for lawsuits and
arrests are high [because] an apology admits culpability and...anytime [the government] accepts
responsibility, that might mean that some
groups might be able to make financial claim
against the government," said Baier.
This rings true with the $2.5 million education fund signed in principle by the federal government with various Chinese organisations—
an amount far short of the $1.2 billion collected
in head taxes.
This money doesn't mean the issue will
just go away. This issue will continue to be
pursued as long as survivors are around,
predicted Baier.
"The one thing that the head tax people have
on their side is their stories...and to be able to
demonstrate that vividly with frailer older people helps. When you lose those people, it's harder to make that claim," said Baier.
There is no question as to whether or not
this was historically wrong on the part of the
government, he added,
"[This issue is] almost impossible to
ignore...It certainly was racially motivated—There's no question what the policy was
intended to do and how it sought to do it and
how unjust it was," said Baier.
"The history of [the head tax] is that in fact it
benefited the province of British Columbia
immensely...They were paying for the government and the services," said Yu. "It is the
exact opposite of what democracy is supposed
to be...The people who [were] paying [weren't]
allowed to have any say in the society."
"No one would make a historical argument that this was not discriminatory," continued Yu. "One group had to pay it and no
one else did."
Whether or not this issue gets resolved is
up to the current federal government. They
have the chance now to right this historical
wrong or choose not to. It took 40 years for
the persecution and discrimination of
Japanese-Canadians to be redressed. Chinese-
Canadians have waited almost 50 years since
the exclusion act was repealed. This is an
issue that is not going to simply die down. In
fact, with the stories of survivors coming
being told to the community, in some ways,
the issue seems to be at its peak. O
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by Boris Korby
Next week, students will notice a change when
the SUB and other areas across the University
are transformed for UBCs International
Week—the student organised, week-long festival
celebrating unity and diversity on campus.
This year the student coordinators chose the
theme of 'AkSents' to represent communication across cultures, according to International
Week coordinator, Enzula Taborrnina.
"It's based on the notion that everybody in
the world has an accent, even Canadians have
accents, so it's kind of a unifying theme across
all cultures," said Taborrnina. "The goal of
International Week is not so much about celebrating international students on campus, but
to celebrate international topics that would be
of interest to both Canadian students as well as
international students."
This year's International Week, which runs
through March 20, will host a charity pancake
breakfast, fashion show, international career
fair, cultural dance exposition, and international
music gala, culminating with Festiva,
International House's annual multicultural celebration with more than a dozen distinct cultural
performances and the opportunity to sample a
variety of foods from around the globe.
This will also be the first year that
International Week will.extend beyond cultural
performances and address international political issues through the Global Chats speaker
series, organised by the International Relations
Student Association.
"International week now has a socio-political [theme] as well as the cultural performances," said Irene Sattarzadeh, core planning team
coordinator for International Week.
"At the beginning, it was just a performance
based activity. Now we have a European Union
forum, we have global speakers, we have Oscar
winning documentary makers, as well as the
multicultural fashion show and food and performances. It's become a good mix of events
this year,* said Sattarzadeh.
Among those coming to speak at UBC
next week are Marc Kielburger, executive
director of Free the Children, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) focused on the
empowerment of children through education, and Ross Kauffman, director, producer, and cinematographer of Born Into
Brothels, the 2001 Academy Award winner
for best documentary feature.
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that as well," said Taborrnina. "We're trying
to have a mix of activities."
UBC International Week—which for eight
years was a one day festival—is entering its
second year as a week-long event. Yet,
according to Taborrnina, it is doubling in
size from the year before, in part thanks to
a Teaching and Learning Enhancement
Fund grant from the AMS.
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Imploding stereotypes, one race at a time
by Michael Kenacan
Rice king. The term brings to mind
some nerdy white guy with glasses
and/or acne, wearing a shirt with a
phrase like "long life" scrawled out
in kanji across the front. He fetishis-
es Asian girls specifically, due to
their supposedly submissive nature
and 'exoticness.'
This type of character is not as
common as Gloria Kim, the director
of the upcoming film Rice Kings
would have you beheve. Kim casts
her net far broader than just the
above stereotype. To Kim, if you are a
male, usually Caucasian, and like
Asian girls, Asian culture, speak an
Asian language, or know a preponderance of Asian women, you are a
rice king. This pigeonholes a far
greater number of men into this negative stereotype than the small
minority of men who actually belong.
The rice king idea is predicated
on two falsehoods. First, that Asian
women are meek, submissive, indecisive "lotus flowers* that are subservient to their partners.
The second is based on the
notion that white is the ideal in
terms of beauty and any deviation
from the appreciation of this principle is blasphemous and open to
criticism. Under this system men
should be attracted to white
women rather than Africans,
Asians and others.
A corollary to the rice king is the
wonderbread queen, or an Asian girl
that fetishises white men; with the
same extension as a rice king, this
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the bubble tea bandwagon
term includes Asian girls who prefer
Caucasian men or are culturally
This label falls apart on closer
analysis again. The first is that wonderbread queens seek out Caucasian
men because Asian men are,
amongst other negative traits, weak,
wimpy, feminine, and geeky.
To those talked to, whether it was
complete coincidence, or cultural
westernisation, Asian women liking
Caucasian men due to their race just
wasn't an issue.
Over half the Asian girls talked
to, all of whom were westernised,
did not see themselves as wonder-
bread queens. "Maybe it's where I
was born,* says Fong, "Asians, are
almost a non-minority here [in
Vancouver], and I don't see Asians
as being very different at all. There
are plenty of Asians who are high
maintenance, and tons of white girls
who are sweet and shy."
UBC biology student Yumi Aiga
thinks "it has to do with who you surround yourself with."
"I had no Asian friends when I
was elementary [school] until maybe
grade seven. So I just like white guys
in general."
Interracial relationships between
Asians and Caucasians has nothing
to do with fetishisation and race,
with weak Asians and dominant
whites. The rice king and wonder-
bread queen don't really exist;
rather we as a society build them up.
Perhaps the focus should not be on
creating such stereotypes, but rather
on deconstructing them. O
by Champagne Choquer
Bubble tea has taken Vancouver by
storm—it's hard to walk down the
street in this city without seeing
someone sipping from a drink
filled with speckled black dots. The
drink itself is a mixture of fruit
and tea and black tapioca balls
called "pearls."
Bubble tea began in Taiwan in
the early 1980s. Online sources say
that a particular tea vendor attempted to attract younger customers by
combining fruit juices with chilled
teas. Elementary schools acted as a
breeding ground for the new drink
as competing tea stands would set
up shop right in front of schools and
vie for the business of the notoriously thirsty student customers.
Because of its sweetness and
refreshing taste, children fell in love
with the new drink.
In 1983, Liu Han-Chieh, a
Taiwanese businessman, introduced his country to tapioca pearls.
These pearls were added to many
of the country's favourite drinks
but they found a home with the cool
flavoured teas. The drink soon
proved to be a great success and
quickly spread from elementary
schools to the rest of Taiwan.
Taiwanese Night Markets were
the next phase in the drink's evolution. 1'liere, tea vendors thought
their customers would prefer to
have an even cooler drink for the
hot, humid summer nights. The
vendors decided to combine these
flavoured teas with shredded ice,
making a sort of fruit smoothie.
The look of bubble tea is very distinct. The cups are always clear
although the lids may either come in
a dome or seal tops. They also come
with these almost cartoon-like looking straws big enough to suck up the
bubbles of tapioca inside.
The drink itself also has slight
variations. Some bubble tea's are
made with fresh fruits, milk, and
crushed ice to create a more
healthy type of milk shake. Other
teas, however, are made using powdered flavouring or pudding,
creamer, water, and crushed ice.
The best bubble tea shops offer a
variety of choices.
At UBC, the SUB's The Little Tea
Shop and its employees have been
single handedly supplying students
their bubble tea fix since 2002.
The most popular flavour of
bubble tea at UBC is strawberry
slush with pearls, hands down,
according to Little Tea Shop
employees Sharon Tsang and
When asked the weirdest flavour of
bubble that people commonly order,
Tsang said; "people sometimes mix
flavours—I think the weirdest I have
ever seen is watermelon mixed with
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Party up
Dave Chappelle tackles
lighter side of stereotypes
by Eric Szeto
"How many white people does it
take to screw in a lightbulb?"
asked Dave Chappelle during his
documentary Block Party. "None,
they get the black people to do it
for them.*
In his triumphant return to the
big screen, Dave Chappelle wants
to put on a concert. But he also
wants to engage his audience with
messages of race in a subtle Dave
Chappelle-esque type way, using a
combination of comedy and music.
The entire movie is laced-with
underlying messages of race relations and that's where Dave
Chappelle's brilliance manifests
itself—his uncanny ability to poke
fun at racy or taboo issues while
simultaneously opening up honest
dialogue between cultures about
issues of racism that exist today.
The film also introduces the
intelligent side of hip-hop that
isn't commonly shown by mainstream media.
Common, Talib Kweli, Dead
Prez, the reunited Fugees, the
Roots, Kanye West and Mos Def—
who all appear in the film—are
some of the more of the socially
conscious MCs out there. They all
share the common goal of refuting
the brazen bullshit that exists in
music today. They remind the audience that real hip-hop doesn't have
to follow that played-out G-Unit,
Eminem, Jay-Z formula or propagate that negative stereotype they
tend to portray.
One of the greatest moments of
the movie was when one of my
favourite artists, Mos Def, sang
Umi Says—a song about his greatest
inspiration, his mother.
"Umi sang "shine your light on
the world/ Shine your light for the
world to see/ My abi said shine
your light on the world/ Shine your
light for the world to see."
This Mos Def masterpiece deals
with not only his personal struggles
but the struggles humanity faces in
■ attempting to free themselves from
doubt and uncertainty.
It's the unique blend of music
and comedy that this movie brings,
the kind of mix that shows issues of
race, be part of the conventional
discourse in a light hearted way. It
also provides a good introduction
for those unacquainted with the
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Isaac and Ishmael on the big screen
Emergence of Israeli-Palestinian conflict
on film aims to provoke discussion
by Jesse Ferreras
With films such as Crash, Brokeback
Mountain, and Syriana lapping up
all the attention at the Academy
Awards, 2005 was hailed as the year
of liberal cinema/ a year in which
blockbusters and epics took a back
seat to socially conscious films that
addressed topics such as racism,
homophobia and corporate corruption. It is perfectly fitting that it is
also the year that saw the emergence
of Steven Spielberg's Munich and
Hany Abu-Assad's Paradise Now,
films that, along with Eytan Fox's
2004 thriller Walk on Water, have
succeeded in bringing awareness of
the IsraeH-Palestinian conflict to the
big screen.
Controversy has surrounded all
three of these films, particularly the
2005 releases: a petition was mounted against Paradise Now, the story of
two Palestinian garage mechanics
who are recruited into a terrorist
plot. The petition garnered over
36,000 signatures to revoke its nomination as Best Foreign Language
Film at the 2006 Academy Awards
ceremony. Munich also emerged as
one of the most controversial films of
the year for its attempt to represent
both sides of the conflict, as evidenced particularly in a scene in
which the protagonist, Avner (Eric
Bana), engages in a peaceful dialogue with an Arabic soldier about
the rights of their respective peoples
to lay claim to their homes in the
Middle East Despite his claim to represent both sides, Spielberg's film
has nevertheless angered both Israeli
and Palestinian groups.
What is unfortunately obscured
in the controversy stirred up by
these films is the fact that they
don't argue for the superiority or
the moral rectitude of one side
over another, but rather attempt to
generate discussion.
There are arguments maintaining
that these films are partial in their
representations; the directors are
and criticised for "humanising" their
characters, as in Paradise Now. But
critics fail to realise that they function
less to present political arguments
than to stimulate discussion.
Take, for instance, Eytan Fox's
Walk on Water. The film concerns
Mossad agent, Eyal (Lior Ashkenazi)
who is assigned by his commander,
Menachem (Gideon Shemer)—a man
a generation older than him—to pose
as a chauffeur for the grandson of a
Nazi war criminal whom he wants to
see dead "before God gets him.* Eyal
clearly has less attachment to the
mission than his superior and is thus
made a pawn to satisfy his commander's personal vendetta.
Particularly enlightening scenes
in the film include those in which sad
music plays on Israeli radio the
morning after a suicide bombing.
The reduction of soldiers to the
status of pawns is a motif common to
all three films. In Paradise Now, this
theme is represented in scenes such
as those where the mechanics record
videos declaring their intention to
commit terrorist acts while their
commanders sit back complacently
eating falafel sandwiches. In Munich,
Avner is forced by Mossad, against
his own reservations, to seek out and
kill by any means necessary the perpetrators of the massacre at the 19 72
Olympics, his team of assassins often
resorting to terrorist tactics themselves. In the film, Israeli Prime
Minister Golda Meir (Lynn Cohen)
justifies the mission when she says,
"Every civilisation must make compromises with its own values.
One of the effective illustrations of
Spielberg's agenda to provoke discussion occurs towards the end of
Munich, during a shot where Avner
walks home against the background
of a New York skyline. The camera
comes to rest on the World Trade
Centre. The message of this shot is
ambiguous, but functions to link the
questionable methods employed by
Avner and his team of assassins to
track down the Munich terrorists
with tactics and rhetoric similar to
that employed by the United States in
the War on Terror. His film thus questions the authority military ofificals
wield over their soldiers, who are
made pawns in the personal vendet
tas of the authorities behind the violence, authorities who keep the conflict moving despite the fact that it
only provokes more violence.
These films make no pretensions
to provide a solution to the conflict
Rather, they attempt to stimulate a
discussion leading to action and the
achievement of peace. As Spielberg
told Richard Schickel .of Time
Magazine in the December 12 issue,
"We don't demonise our targets.
They're individuals. They have families. Although what happened in
Munich, I condemn...! don't think
any movie or any book or any work of
art can solve the stalemate in the
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Friday, 17 March, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
New club reaches out to mixed students on campus
by Sean Lee and Claudia Li
The emergence of cross-cultural diversity in
the last century has facilitated the need to
accept multi-ethnic identities; Jason Born,
president of the newly-founded Mixed Club,
hopes the club can address such issues
on campus. Unlike existing clubs that mainly appeal to one cultural or ethnic group.
Born felt there wasn't one that spoke to
mixed people.
"There's a lot of mixed people all of us
have come across and we have a lot in common, but there's no safe place to get together to talk about these issues, so we thought
there was a need and desire for this kind of
club," said Born.
Despite organisations like Colour
Connected and the Equity Office that seek to
create dialogue about race issues and discrimination, the executives of the Mixed
Club still felt a void with regards to issues
pertaining to mixed people.
"Even though mixed people might come
from a variety of different backgrounds,
they all feel the same way—growing up with
many different cultures, different identities,
racial stereotypes, [these are] the kinds of
issue that mixed people think about quite
often," Born said.
Born asserted that it would be a misconception to view the Mixed Club as merely a
race-based organisation. Rather, it is one
that is based on mixed experiences and
mixed identities. Because of this, the Mixed
Club tries to present itself in a way that is
not racially exclusive.
"The Mixed Club is open to everyone and
by virtue of the name, it's pretty ambiguous
because it's open to anyone who wants
to identify as mixed, whether you're a cross-
cultural adoptee, a second-generation
Canadian from an immigrant family, or if
you come from two different cultures,"
explained Born.
The club hopes to increase dialogue and
awareness of mixed issues by screening
documentaries and movies related to mixed
identity issues as well as set up lectures by
experts and create panels for discussion.
Two weeks ago, the club had its first free
movie screening of Chasing Daybreak, a
film that chronicles five people who travel
across America to explore the implications
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of the nation's multiracial baby boom.
So far, the club has been well-received
and has garnered a lot of attention from
people who have stopped at the club booth
to find out what the "Mixed* in Mixed
Club means.
"A lot of people approached our booth
and asked, 'what's mixed?' and that validated to me that these issues really aren't being
discussed on campus, and people don't even
know what it means to identify as mixed,"
Born said. "We're a club that allows people to
...express all their different characteristics
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