CCNC Toronto’s Response to The Toronto Sun’s Editorial Cartoon of Olivia Chow
An Open Statement to the Community
Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter is requesting that the Toronto Sun & its publisher Mike Power apologize and take accountability for the editorial illustration of 2014 Mayoral candidate Olivia Chow, published on October 26, 2014.
CCNC Toronto is an anti-racism and advocacy organization based in Toronto. While we work primarily with Chinese Canadians living in Toronto, we are connected to numerous social justice and anti-racism communities and have voiced opposition to many instances of racist depictions of Chinese Canadians in the media for many years.
We share the same sentiments of Olivia Chow, who told CP24 on Sunday evening that the illustration is “disgusting”. She elaborates, “Because I am Chinese-Canadian, I must be a communist and have slanted eyes and glasses … and since I am a woman, I must be inferior and therefore not good enough for the job of the mayor so I must rely on my deceased husband so it is both racist and sexist.”
At CCNC Toronto we believe that identifying racist acts and portrayals in the media is important, as it impacts not only Chinese Canadians but many other marginalized communities. As a Canadian newspaper, The Toronto Sun has a responsibility to tell stories that will not continue the marginalization of racialized people.
We urge the Toronto Sun & Mike Power to publicly apologize and to fully examine the underlying racism and xenophobia that are expressed by this editorial illustration. We encourage better engagement with diverse communities, anti-oppression training and the development and application of a content policy that addresses and prevents the publication of racist and sexist material.
Interim Executive Director
Board of Directors
Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter