‘In Vancouver, there are lots of kids of corrupt Chinese officials. Here, they can flaunt their money’

Andy Guo, center, and his twin brother, Anky Guo, with the red Huracan Lamborghini they co-own, at a dealership reception in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, March 19, 2016. Vancouver is home to many wealthy Chinese, whose presence some say has caused an affordable housing crisis. (Ruth Fremson/The New York Times)

‘In Vancouver, there are lots of kids of corrupt Chinese officials. Here, they can flaunt their money’

Andy Guo, an 18-year-old Chinese immigrant, loves driving his red Lamborghini Huracán. He does not love having to share the car with his twin brother, Anky.

“There’s a lot of conflict,” Andy Guo said, as a crowd of admirers gazed at the vehicle and its vanity licence plate, “CTGRY 5,” short for the most catastrophic type of hurricane.

The $360,000 car was a gift last year from their father, who travels back and forth between Vancouver and China’s northern Shanxi province and made his fortune in coal, said Andy Guo, an economics major at the University of British Columbia.

Vancouver real estate website gives Chinese-language speakers an advantage

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Chinese-speaking real estate investors are getting a bit of a jump on buyers using the public Multiple Listing Service (MLS) website thanks to a Shanghai-based website posting Vancouver listings from the realtor MLS up to a few days before they’re publicly available.

In Canada, licensed realtors get the opportunity to see new listings 48 hours before they hit the public MLS site. But Dan Morrison of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver told Global Newsthat the Chinese-language Vanfun.com skirts that process.

“It’s pretty frustrating. It’s taking our copyrighted information and using it against our rules,” Morrison told the news outlet. “If they are getting access to our information on our system, if someone is giving them those numbers…that’s clearly against our rules.”

Although the website, owned by Shanghai Ruiying Internet Technology, doesn’t seem to have ties to any Vancouver real estate agencies, it offers tours, splits commissions with local realtors, and claims to be working with major banks.

Chinese-Canadian community honours Vancouver’s Modernize Tailors, pioneer family

Chinese-Canadian community honours Vancouver’s Modernize Tailors, pioneer family

Tailor shop opened in 1913 by Wong Kung Lai and has supplied suits to people like Sean Connery

By Gavin Fisher, Elaine Chau, CBC News Posted: Apr 09, 2016 4:42 PM PT Last Updated: Apr 10, 2016 10:46 AM PT

A 1946 photograph of Wong Kung Lai (bottom, second from right) with his children, and brother-in-law Chu (bottom, in uniform) who introduced him to his wife.

A 1946 photograph of Wong Kung Lai (bottom, second from right) with his children, and brother-in-law Chu (bottom, in uniform) who introduced him to his wife. (Courtesy Maurice Wong)

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In 1911 Wong Kung Lai was chosen by his small village in China to go and settle in Canada, with the village paying for his passage across the Pacific as well as the $500 head tax at the time.

“They probably saw him as the boy most likely to succeed,” said his son Maurice Wong, who added that as a young child his father used to walk for hours to bring to market the bok choy his family had grown.

VANCOUVER: Chinese national Yue Hui Wang accused of going five times the speed limit in a crash that seriously hurt a teen

Man accused of going over 250km/h in Vancouver crash

by SONIA ASLAM

Posted Mar 30, 2016 11:19 am PDT

Last Updated Mar 31, 2016 at 7:58 am PDT

A Mercedes that was involved in a single-vehicle crash on SW Marine Drive in Vancouver on April 12, 2015. The driver is accused of going 250km/h (Courtesy Vancouver Police)
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Chinese national Yue Wang accused of going five times the speed limit in a crash that seriously hurt a teen

‘Nothing short of insanity,’ says VPD of crash at 250km/h that left a teen with head trauma, broken bones

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A driver accused of going of 250 kilometres an hour before crashing in a residential Vancouver neighbourhood nearly a year ago has been charged.

The accused was driving his 17-year-old passenger, an acquaintance, from Richmond back home to Vancouver, when at 57th Avenue and Southwest Marine Drive, he lost control and crashed onto the property of a home.

Vancouver Police Constable Brian Montague says it took an hour before the pair was found.

“This is a fairly remote part of Vancouver. The houses are very large and the properties are very large. ”

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Montague has been an officer for more than two decades and is amazed no one else was hurt.

“We are very lucky, I think, that we didn’t pull two dead bodies out of this vehicle. Clearly he’s not thinking. We have someone behind the wheel of a car who has total disregard for others using the road and for his passenger. There’s nothing other than stupidity that I can use to explain his driving at that time.”

 

(…)The passenger suffered serious injuries including several fractured facial bones, brain swelling and possible eye damage.

The 19-year-old driver, a Chinese national, left the country after the crash but returned to Vancouver for a citizenship ceremony last week.

“Whether or not he knew there was a warrant out for his arrest, I’m not sure,” adds Montague, who points out the accused missed the ceremony.

Yue Hui Wang has been charged with criminal negligence causing bodily harm. He has been released from custody until his next court appearance.

He has had his passport revoked and isn’t allowed to drive.

Chinese cemetery remains a cornerstone of Kamloops history

The main gate to the Chinese Cemetery in Kamloops.
(JENNIFER STAHN /InfoTel Multimedia)
March 26, 2016 – 11:30 AM

KAMLOOPS – When Chinese Consul-General Liu Fei encouraged Kamloops’s Chinese community to explore and preserve their heritage in the city in 2013, Elsie Cheung went right to work on the most egregious omission — searching for the records from the Chinese Cemetery, the final resting place for many of the community’s earliest settlers.

The cemetery is also the final remnant of Kamloops’s historic Chinatown, a once bustling community which made up roughly one-third of the city’s population in 1890. Trouble is since the late 1970s, all the gravemarkers were accidentially removed. After no luck with the city’s records or at the library, Cheung went to the museum and the city’s archives and eventually found burial records from the city’s early days to 1970. She set out to find as much information as she could, going through the pages one at a time to find the lost names.

“I know that the names would be there, it was just to find them,” Cheung says. “I had to sit there. I took pictures. Every time I saw ‘Chinese Cemetery’ I took a picture, then I downloaded them and read over them (later).” 

Lily Cho on the Chinese immigration experience

Posted on Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Lily Cho is an Associate Professor at York University.

Lily Cho is an Associate Professor at York University.

Lily Cho is an Associate Professor at York University. Her book, Eating Chinese: Culture on the Menu in Small Town Canada, examines the relationship between Chinese restaurants and Canadian culture. She is a member of the Toronto Photography Seminar. Her essays have been published in journals such as Interventions, Canadian Literature, and Photography and Culture. She is currently conducting research on two projects. Mass Capture: Chinese Head Tax and the Making of Non-Citizens in Canada examines the relationship between surveillance and citizenship. Asian Values: Fictions of Finance and Beautiful Money explores diasporic movement and theories of value in postcolonial Asia.

Lily Cho’s lecture will look at the Chinese Head Tax levied on Chinese immigrants to Canada between 1885 and 1923 as a practice of “mass capture”. Through an examination of the Chinese Head Tax, Lily Cho will explore the argument that mass capture is a technology that is central to the making of non-citizens in Canada. March 16, 5 p.m., McGill Faculty Club. Get more information about the lecture.

The focus of your research and writings has been the Chinese diaspora, particularly in Canada. Has Chinese immigration to Canada been constant throughout the last century? How come?

While the Chinese diaspora has been a significant presence in Canada, one that precedes Confederation, Chinese immigration to Canada has not been constant throughout the last century. From 1923 to 1947, Canada amended the Chinese Immigration Act to exclude the vast majority of Chinese migrants from entering Canada. That legislation is still often referred to as the “Exclusion Act.” This legislation separated families for decades and exacerbated the isolation of Chinese immigrants in Canada. Notably, this legislation was repealed only months after the inauguration of the Canadian Citizenship Act in 1947. Prior to January 1, 1947, Canadian citizens did not exist. There were British subjects who resided in Canada, but there was no such thing as Canadian citizenship.

With the beginning of Canadian citizenship, there was a national conversation about race and citizenship. In the first months of 1947, there were extensive debates in the House of Commons about the racial and ethnic identity of Canadian citizens. These conversations led directly to the repeal of the Chinese Immigration Act in May, 1947, and an end to the era of exclusion. If you read the debates in Hansard from this period, you will see that parliamentarians really struggled with the place of Chinese people in Canada in those first heady months of Canadian citizenship. I am fascinated by the very particular relationship between Chinese immigration and the emergence of citizenship in Canada.

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