Professor Ricardo Duchesne’s comments on multiculturalism upset UNB student

Professor’s racist comments not about academic freedom

UNB sociologist Ricardo Duchesne’s comments on Asian populations marring Canada’s European character read like some relic of the past.

Peruse through Dr. Duchesne’s long bibliography and you’ll find no end to titles which champion the West as a beacon of light and salvation for the rest of the world.

And he has the audacity to surmise that we’re scared he’s talking. All these years, some group of us have been keeping secret that ‘white is right’ and he’s spilling the beans.

What’s actually scary is that no one has stepped up to publicly declaim what Duchesne is preaching. No voice has publicly called out Duchesne for evangelizing racism while veiling it as a critique of multiculturalism.

Professor Ricardo Duchesne’s academic freedom defended by UNB in wake of racism complaint

Prof. Ricardo Duchesne says he challenges students to rethink the values of multiculturalism. (CBC)

UNB defends prof’s academic freedom in wake of racism complaint

Vancouver Coun. Kerry Jang had asked university to investigate teachings of sociologist Ricardo Duchesne

CBC News Posted: Jan 07, 2015 9:34 AM AT Last Updated: Jan 08, 2015 12:54 PM AT

A University of New Brunswick vice-president is defending a professor’s academic freedom in the wake of a recent complaint of racism.

Kerry Jang

Kerry Jang, a Vancouver city councillor, had asked the university to investigate the allegedly racist views of Prof. Ricardo Duchesne, who argues that the influx of Asian immigrants is threatening Canada’s European character.

Jang contends the sociology professor’s comments constitute hate speech.

“He was drawing comparisons to say Hong Kong and Japan, its teeming dirty cities and things like that — saying all Asians are dirty,” he said.

Last summer, Jang complained to Robert MacKinnon, a UNB vice-president in Saint John, and said Duchesne was damaging the university’s reputation.

“He was pushing one perspective and using his university affiliation to get it across,” said Jang. “That is not proper academic work. Period,” he said.

University backs professor Ricardo Duchesne who says Asian immigration damages Vancouver

University backs professor who says Asian immigration damages Vancouver

IAN BAILEY, VANCOUVER — The Globe and Mail

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The University of New Brunswick, citing academic freedom, is supporting a professor who claims that Asian immigration has damaged Vancouver.

In a statement issued Wednesday on sociology professor Ricardo Duchesne, a university vice-president said the school’s mission and values support freedom of thought and expression while maintaining the highest ethical standards and a respectful environment.

Robert MacKinnon also said a complaint about the issue by Vancouver city Councillor Kerry Jang has been “carefully reviewed and addressed.” However, the statement provides no detail on that process or outcome.

The university declined to provide more detail Wednesday or an interview with a university official.

Mr. Jang scoffed at the response, calling it “vague,” and said he has never heard from the University of New Brunswick about the issue, which first flared up last summer when he became aware of Prof. Duchesne’s views.

“I don’t know if they actually did anything and this is just a way of defending a faculty member, circle the wagons,” said Mr. Jang, who is also a professor of psychiatry at the University of British Columbia.

He said Prof. Duchesne is using academic freedom to hide poor scholarship. “He’s only providing one view to students and shaping their minds,” he said. “That whole academic enterprise of why we send our kids to school to become broad thinkers is not being upheld.”



B.C.: Province commissions $100,000 project-book celebrating accomplishments of Chinese community

Province commissions book celebrating accomplishments of Chinese British Columbians

The book follows up on B.C.’s apology to Chinese community for historical wrongs

CBC News Posted: Dec 22, 2014 9:36 PM PT Last Updated: Dec 23, 2014 7:43 AM PT

The province is commissioning a book on the accomplishments of notable Chinese British Columbians as part of its attempt to address historical wrongs

The Ministry of International Trade has issued a request for proposals for the $100,000 project, which is in addition to the formal apology to Chinese Canadians made in the B.C. Legislature earlier this year.

The apology aims to recognize and make amends for 160 historical racist and discriminatory policies imposed in B.C., such as denying Chinese immigrants the right to vote and charging them a head tax to immigrate.

UBC history professor Henry Yu said it’s important the apology is backed by action.

“There hasn’t really been an equivalent to this,” he said. “It’s important to both acknowledge what was done to the Chinese as well as what they themselves were doing as they spent their lives working and living and forming families and having children and being part of this broader community that is our society.”

Yu sits on a council created to implement recommendations made in a report on Chinese Historical Wrongs, one of which is this book. 

He hopes the book, which is expected to be around 150 pages long, will unearth a trove of buried information.

“It’s something where our past matters and we’re going to recognize both the dark and the light, the good things and the bad that happened in the past and I think that’s what’s exciting about this moment,” he said.

With files from Jason Proctor

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