Acting Consul General KONG Weiwei Attended the Formal Apology to the Chinese Community for Historical Discrimination by the City of Vancouver

On April 22, Vancouver city mayor Gregor Robertson and the city council officially apologized for historical discrimination against the city's Chinese residents to an audience of more than 500 people at the Greater Vancouver Chinese Cultural Centre. The apology publicly acknowledged past legislation, regulations and policies of previous Vancouver City Councils that discriminated against residents of Chinese descent from Vancouver's first council meeting in 1886 to 1949.


Mayor Gregor Robertson read the apology in English, and former Vancouver City Councillors Maggie Ip and Bill Yee read the apology in Cantonese and Sze Yup dialect. Three community members - war veteran George Ing, Chinese Benevolent Association President, Hilbert Yiu, and youth speaker Melody P. Choi - also provided remarks about the importance of the apology to their community.

Mr. KONG Weiwei, Acting Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Vancouver attended the event at the invitation of the City of Vancouver and received interviews from local media.

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