Statistics Canada data shows that over 17% of the approximately 2.5 million people living in the metropolitan area are ethnic Chinese. Vancouver has one of the most diverse Chinese-speaking communities (from several regions of China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Hainan, Malaysia/Singapore, etc.) made available to consumers in Vancouver and adjacent communities such as Richmond and Burnaby.
HONG KONG — Remember “Hongcouver?” You don’t hear that word much anymore in the polite society of Vancouver, a city that has grown into Canada’s — and North America’s — most effortlessly Asian metropolis.
But a decade or so, ago you could hear the term “Hongcouver” everywhere.
It was an era’s impolitic catch-phrase for the xenophobia and palpable occidental unease in Vancouver at the prospect of a profound upheaval in society. A sleepy city had suddenly found itself a magnet for one of the most significant — and wealthiest — immigration waves to ever hit Canada: the Hong Kong Chinese, who sought out Vancouver as a safe haven after the British colony returned to Chinese rule on July 1, 1997. Continue reading →
While observing 41st anniversary of the formation of the Punjab, radical political party Dal Khalsa sounded the alarm bells on the issue of demographic change in Punjab due to heavy influx of the migrant population into the state.