racism

Backlash to Jamie Foxx's racist comments during SNL monologue

"I kill all the white people in my movie, how great is that?" said Jamie Foxx in his recent SNL monolouge. Is 'reverse racism' acceptable comic fodder in North America?

One Day, Terri, Fright Night, Spy Kids 4, The Help upgraded, a flashy car racer and one of the funniest films ever

Jim Sturgess and Anne Hathaway play the almost lovers in One Day. Popular novel, but what of the movie?

The Help, The Whistleblower, 30 Minutes or Less, Final Destination 5 and a catch-up look at the new Planet of the Apes movie

Racial segregation in Mississippi is the subject. Light and easy-to-take is the tone. Does that work in The Help? (read more)

Thor, Even the Rain, some hot documentaries and two tepid history lessons

Thor wants the summer blockbuster crown. Fast Five beat him to it last week. But does he bring any fun along with that giant hammer?

Ethnic segregation a reality for Vancouver high school students

“Birds of a feather flock together,” says a senior at St. George's, the city's all-boys private school, when asked why his peers segregate along ethnic lines during school assemblies. He could...

Ethnicity, immigration, and becoming Canadian in Vancouver's high schools

"FOB? What's that?" Fred Lin* says that he doesn’t know the difference between “FOB” and “Honger.” He asks his friends if there’s a difference. Someone cracks a joke in Mandarin, causing the two...

Tetsuro Shigematsu responds to "Asians in the Library" video

Here on the west coast, our university populations are racialized as Asian, similar to those at the University of Los Angeles.  It’s no wonder that the now-viral video, posted last week, of a...

City and feds fight racism with funds

Calling on the city to "build a safer and more inclusive city where discrimination, where racism, and bullying no longer exist," Mayor Gregor Robertson announced that Citizenship and Immigration...

Denied entry to Surrey Christmas party for being East Indian, Herar speaks out

Two weeks ago, diversity columnist for the Abbotsford-Mission Times, Ken Herar,  was denied invitation to a Surrey Christmas party, because he was East Indian, he said. Herar reports that just...

UBC symposium on anti-Asian racism finds Maclean's "Too Asian?" too insensitive

Two weeks ago, I wrote a commentary in response to Maclean’s “Too Asian?” Since then, many voices have chimed in from left, right, and centre to offer their two cents. Aside from a brief non-apology...