Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Video: Eyebrows raised as China flag flies over Vancouver City Hall on Chinese National Day


Video: Eyebrows raised as China flag flies over Vancouver City Hall on Chinese National Day


The Chinese national flag was spotted over the Canada’s Vancouver City Hall during China’s National Day on Saturday, prompting a community backlash.
Kerry Jang, the Vancouver City councillor and acting Mayor who held a flag raising ceremony, was accompanied by a sizeable crowd who waved small Chinese and Canadian flags and donned red scarves. The ceremony also included a live performance of the Chinese national anthem.
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Attendees of the flag raising ceremony at Vancouver City Hall. Photo: Natalie Hui Facebook screenshot
However, Jang’s holiday spirit was not shared by everyone in the Canadian-Chinese community.
“Like many Vancouver residents, my family and I suffered greatly under that [Chinese] national flag,” Meena Wong, former Vancouver mayoral candidate, wrote on Facebook. She added that the red scarf worn by the Vancouver politician was an icon of the Red Guards of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, and amounted to an infamous symbol of oppression to her.
“I don’t want to see the Chinese national flag raised in the city of Vancouver on civic property and by a city counsellor [sic],” Wong said.
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Vancouver Mayor Kerry Jang speaking at the flag raising ceremony. Photo: Natalie Hui Facebook screenshot.
Chinese netizens have also responded on a Canadian-Chinese forum. “It is their freedom to wear red scarves,” one netizen wrote, “but raising another country’s flag on behalf of your own government is rather ludicrous.”
There was also a petition that requested an apology and the resignation of Jang, which he – in turn – denounced as racism. In response to the use of red scarfs, he said that “Red is the Chinese colour for luck and good fortune.”
According to CKNW, a Vancouver radio station, the Chinese flag was raised on the ceremonial pole of the Vancouver City Hall. The pole has previously flown the LGBT flag along with flags of several other countries.



Patrick Gillot · 
No Chinese Communist flag should be raised in a free country . Shame on the mayor !
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Nick Davis · 
OK flying the State flag from a ceremonial pole can be considered polite.
But wearing the neck scarf of the Red Guards is not only culturally insensitive, I suspect it was a not so subtle reminder by Mr Jang that the CCP has a long memory and tentacles every where.
I would look into his campaign finances.
p.s. Lets see if Vancouver also flies the Taiwanese flag.
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Eliezer Umali
This is so disgusting!
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Nick Morgan · 
I suspect this is to do with the Mayor's gf Wanting Qu. Her mother faces the death penalty in China. Seems it was a major arse kissing operation
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Meena Wong · 
Thank you all for your support. I know I'm very lucky to live in a country where I can speak my mind. Yet so many Chinese are still living in the shadow with fear. Please sign the petition and share with others.