Asianadian Vol 2, #4
Publisher: Asianadian Resource Workshop, Toronto, Canada
Periodical profile published 1980
Year Published: 1980
Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
Cx Number: CX2058
Abstract: This issue of Asianadian carries an article titled "The Anti W-5 Movement." This article is a history of the formation and development of what is now the Chinese Canadian National Council for Equality. The address of this group is P.O. Box 594, Station P, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2T1. Messages can be left for Joseph Wong at (416) 598-2206.
The history of this group begins with the W-5 CTV program. "Campus Giveaway" aird September 30, 1979. The Chinese Students Association of the University of Toronto labelled this program racist in that no distinction was made between Chinese foreign students and Canadian students of Chinese descent. The program labelled all Chinese students as foreign students. In November, 1979, at the impetus of the Chinese Students Association, an Ad Hoc Committee of the Council of Chinese Canadians in Ontario Against W-5 was formed. This committee, which soon found support from 600 volunteers, the black, South Asian, Japanese and Jewish communities inToronto, and similar committees formed in Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver, sought a lpublic apology from CTV and the W-5 producers on charges of libel and slander. January 26, 1980, was the day of a mass rally, and march of 2500 people to CTV headquarters with three demands 1) a full public apology from, CTV for the racist nature of the program; 2) reparation of the damages done; 3) committment from the network not to air similar programs again. The full apology was made on CTV network on April 16,1980.
The Chinese Canadian National Council for Equality formed on April 19, 1980 with the purpose of safeguarding "the dignity and equality of all Chinese Canadians and other ethnic groups in this country.