Add Chinese historical injustices to textbooks: group
A Vancouver school trustee wants the B.C. government to include subjects on the Chinese reconciliation in the Grade 10-12 curriculum.
The Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver wants accounts of historical injustices — such as the infamous head tax — added to the B.C. school curriculum and textbooks.
With the province set to apologize soon for past injustices to Chinese people, the centre is working with Jan Walls and Paul Crowe of Simon Fraser University, as well as school board members, to garner support for the idea.
CCC organizer Tim Hui said if such historical wrongs aren’t taught, the upcoming apology to the Chinese community will be compromised.
“To most of the Chinese I don’t think it really means a big deal,” Hui said. “The best thing is to let Canadians overall know what happened before and what the Chinese did to contribute to Canada.”
He stressed the centre has no political affiliation and isn’t looking for financial redress for the head tax.
“I personally disagree with that kind of thinking,” he said. “If the government is going to have a sort of funding or grants it must be expanding on the public’s interest, not personal ones.”
He said many of Vancouver’s new Chinese residents have no idea about the history of Chinese people in the province, as they have no personal connection to it.
The centre will be holding another forum to discuss the topic on Feb. 15.