Did you read my posts? The ones that state that Steveston was a good percentage (majority) of Japanese people when I was growing up in a Japanese fishing village? No one had a problem and it has nothing, at all, to do with "caucasian"...that's just convenient for you to throw out there in order to ignore the facts. We had Japanese gardens (Garry Point has retained some of that feel), a Buddhist Church (that I frequented at times with friends) and Japanese Cultural Center that are still there/in use. The main grocer was run by a lovely Japanese couple ("Steve" & "Shirley") who sold candy, groceries and meat (lol). So don't tell me it's about "wanting to keep it caucasian". Bullocks (I think?). I never even knew that we were different in any way, because I was raised that way. We were neighbours. "Family". Our best friends next door were Japanese and, to this day, my Dad boasts the gardening tips that his best friend, Yuki, taught him. So to suggest this nonsense about wanting to "keep" anything other than a united sense of community is garbage and misinformed. Again - the convenient argument, but it doesn't make it true. It angers me...don't paint a picture that is based on a lack of information. I have never had a shred of racism in me, however, I'm learning quickly through this new thinking that doesn't embrace or welcome me and says "you don't have to come here". WTH is that? Don't tell me I have to support that kind of thinking, because I won't.
To further clarify - it's not people with another language as a "primary" language...it's the sole language. With no desire to change that. How about addressing that refusal to "bend" or leave behind the desire to stay with what they know?
You don't just turn "racist" overnight...it's either there or it's not. This hasn't been the climate in Richmond, so what's changed? Suddenly, overnight everyone lost all tolerance? Took a pill that made them start hating? No. The sense of "community" and "unity" is being threatened and, of coure, there will be a reaction to that. Join in. Welcome us, we'll welcome you and we'll continue to have the best place ever together. That's my message. I don't like hearing this "go someplace else" crap. It doesn't support this sense of community.
Going to back away for a bit, as the point is obviously lost on some here who have tunnel vision.
...you still fail to address the crux of my argument in the second paragraph. What is meant when a poster here says "we as citizens should not be changing our ways of life or bending to make it easier for new Canadians to adapt to our society"? As I said in a previous post, that already sets up an "us" vs "them" mentality, where "they" are the uncultured noble savages in the city.