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Student hit in the head with pole in apparent anti-Asian attack in Vancouver

  • A 19-year-old Asian student was hit on the back of her head with a pole by a man on Tuesday in what police are investigating as a racially motivated attack in downtown Vancouver.
  • The perpetrator allegedly hurled anti-Asian racial slurs before fleeing the area.  
  • The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was treated at the scene.
  • The suspect remains at large. No arrests have been made as of press time.

A 19-year-old Asian woman was physically assaulted in what police are investigating as a racially motivated attack in downtown Vancouver.

The woman, a student, was walking near Dunsmuir and Cambie Streets at 9:50 a.m. on Tuesday when a man hit her on the back of her head with a pole, according to Vancouver police.

Suspect who stabbed Afghan refugee in Vancouver’s Chinatown charged in 2nd attack on stranger

  • Dennis Prasad, the suspect arrested and charged for stabbing an Afghan refugee in Vancouver’s Chinatown, has been charged in a second unprovoked attack.
  • On Sept. 10, Prasad allegedly attacked a 55-year-old man and left him with life-altering injuries.
  • On Sept. 11, Prasad allegedly approached a 22-year-old Afghan refugee from behind and stabbed him in the throat and chest.
  • Prasad is charged with one count of aggravated assault for each of the stabbing incidents.
  • He remains in police custody.

The suspect arrested and charged for stabbing an Afghan refugee in Vancouver’s Chinatown has been charged in a second unprovoked attack.

Dennis Amanand Prasad, 43, has been charged with one count of aggravated assault for each of the stabbing incidents that took place on Sept. 10 and Sept. 11.

Vancouver woman charged for throwing coffee at Asian shop manager begins trial

VANCOUVER MISCHIEF CASE
  • Astrid Maria Secreve is facing a mischief charge alongside her ex-husband Jean-Jacque Berthiaume for allegedly hurling coffee and racial slurs at an Asian Canadian coffee shop manager on March 29, 2021.
  • The incident reportedly began when the pair ignored the shop’s COVID-19 guidelines and were consequently asked by the manager to change seats.
  • Instead of complying, Berthiaume allegedly poured his mocha on the floor, while Secreve allegedly threw a cup of coffee at the manager.
  • The pair’s trial, which was originally scheduled in April, began on Thursday.
  • Secreve also made headlines in April after being filmed using an anti-Chinese slur toward a CTV News crew that included a camera operator of Asian descent.

A Vancouver woman charged for hurling coffee and racial slurs at an Asian Canadian coffee shop manager last year entered trial on Thursday.

Astrid Maria Secreve, a co-defendant in the mischief case with her ex-husband Michel Jean-Jacque Berthiaume, made headlines this April after being filmed using an anti-Asian slur on her way to a court in Richmond.

Vancouver election chief asks court to ban names in Chinese, other non-Latin characters from ballots

  • Vancouver’s Chief Election Officer Rosemary Hagiwara filed a court application on Tuesday to keep 15 candidates from using names with non-Latin characters on the ballot papers for the municipal election on Oct. 15.
  • Hagiwara’s affidavit named 10 respondents in total from the Non-Partisan Association (NPA), two from Vision Vancouver and one each from Forward Together and COPE who she deemed are not eligible to use Chinese, Persian or other non-Latin characters on the paper ballots.
  • The hearing for the case, initially set by the provincial court in Robson Square on Thursday, has been adjourned to Friday morning.
  • While the city has committed to comply with any court ruling, it noted that regardless of the decision on the non-Latin characters, none of the candidates will be disqualified.
  • Vision Vancouver expressed dismay over the potential removal of the “unique and usual names” printed in non-Latin characters of both school board trustee Allan Wong and council candidate Honieh Barzegari from ballot papers.

A court application filed by Vancouver’s chief election officer is aiming to keep candidates from using names with non-Latin characters on the ballots in the upcoming municipal election. 

On Tuesday, Rosemary Hagiwara named 15 candidates in her application who she deemed ineligible to use Chinese, Persian or other non-Latin characters on the paper ballots.

Wife of security guard attacked in Vancouver’s Chinatown challenges the mayor to walk its streets

  • Harold Johnson, a 64-year-old security guard, was previously attacked on Aug. 12 by a stranger, identified as 44-year-old Kevin Aaron Hibbard, while patrolling the Chinese Cultural Center in Vancouver’s Chinatown in Canada.
  • Fed up with the rising attacks in Chinatown, Johnson’s wife Brandy La Rocque called on Mayor Kennedy Stewart to walk its streets with her to see what it is like.
  • Stewart did not directly answer when asked if he would walk with her; however, he reportedly did walk through the 100-block of East Hastings Street where he passed some tents.
  • The mayor did not make any promises, but he said that public safety is his top priority.

The wife of a security guard who was repeatedly punched in Vancouver’s Chinatown, challenged the city’s mayor to walk its streets to see what it is like amid rising attacks in the area. 

Harold Johnson, a 64-year-old security guard, was previously attacked on Aug. 12 by a stranger, identified as 44-year-old Kevin Aaron Hibbard, while patrolling the Chinese Cultural Center.

‘Go back to China’: Vancouver restaurant owner yelled at, spat on by woman who let her dog pee on his door

  • Edward Hur, who has been running Nobu Sushi in North Vancouver, Canada, for 19 years, said he was yelled at and spat on during a woman’s anti-Asian tirade last week.
  • Hur said it all started after he confronted the woman for letting her dog pee on his front door.
  • The woman allegedly told Hur “I hate Asian people” and that he should “go back to your country, back to your China.”
  • Hur, who is Korean, said the woman had let her dog pee on his business several times in the past, but she just “never listens” when confronted.
  • North Vancouver police are now investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.

A long-time restaurant owner in North Vancouver, Canada, has come forward to share a racist experience involving a woman who had told him to “go back to China.”

The incident, which was caught on video, reportedly occurred at Nobu Sushi in the 3000 block of Edgemont Boulevard sometime between 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. last Friday.

Woman arrested for ‘sickening assault’ of 89-year-old man out for a walk in Vancouver’s Chinatown

chinatown assault
  • An 89-year-old man was walking in Vancouver’s Chinatown on Aug. 13 when he was approached by Patricia MacDonald, 58, who knocked him to the ground.
  • The senior suffered minor injuries such as cuts and scrapes.
  • MacDonald has been charged with assault and released from custody by the court, according to police.
  • Vancouver Police Department officials said patrols in Chinatown have been increased in response to the community’s concerns regarding hate incidents and rising violence.

Police arrested a woman who assaulted an 89-year-old man in Chinatown in Vancouver, Canada.

The senior was walking alone along Main and Keefer streets in Chinatown when he was approached by Patricia MacDonald, 58, who knocked him to the ground at around 10:45 a.m. on Aug. 13, according to the Vancouver police.

South Asians in Metro Vancouver fear racist backlash after police release image of 11 men deemed to pose public safety risk

  • South Asian community members in Metro Vancouver expressed their concern after British Columbia police released a composite picture of 11 men who are believed to be connected to high levels of organized crime-related violence and gang violence.
  • The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia (CFSEU-BC) released the pictures of the men, most of whom are of South Asian descent, on Aug. 3.
  • “It is highly likely a rival gangster will target them with violence," CFSEU Asst. Cmdr. Manny Mann said. “We want British Columbians to know their faces.”
  • “I want to make it clear that today's announcement is not about naming and shaming. Identifying these men is in the interest of public safety,” Vancouver Deputy Chief Fiona Wilson said during a news conference.
  • Tamara Humphrey, assistant professor of sociology specializing in criminology at the University of Victoria, believes that disclosing information about individuals who allegedly pose a public safety risk can create more problems than solutions.
  • "We can see an increase in harassment or aggression toward communities of color as a result of these widespread notifications," she continued, noting that just because certain individuals are deemed a potential public safety risk does not necessarily mean they have been charged with crimes in the past. 

The South Asian community in Metro Vancouver expressed concerns over potential racist backlash after authorities released a picture of 11 men who allegedly pose a public safety risk due to gang affiliations.

On Aug. 3, the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia (CFSEU-BC) released a composite image of 11 men connected to high levels of organized crime-related violence and gang violence, according to the authorities.

Historic Chinese garden in Vancouver’s Chinatown greeted by anti-Asian slurs first thing in the morning

  • An Asian staffer at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver’s Chinatown reportedly fell victim to an anti-Asian tirade before the garden opened on Saturday morning.
  • The alleged attacker, a man who blocked the garden’s entrance with several bags of bottles, used expletives and called the Asian man “ch*nk,” according to another staff member. 
  • The garden, regarded as the first full-sized classical Chinese garden built outside China, has been targeted by vandalism throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and has seen incidents of people urinating and defecating in its entrance.

A historic Chinese garden in Vancouver’s Chinatown reportedly fell victim to an early morning anti-Asian tirade on Saturday, with staff members claiming that the perpetrator said one racial slur “like an angry mantra.”

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, regarded as the first full-sized classical Chinese garden built outside China, is no stranger to similar attacks, having dealt with incidents of vandalism throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Man accused of attacking mother and toddler, kicking car in Vancouver Chinatown

  • Shakwan David Kelly, the 27-year-old man accused of assaulting a mother and her toddler on Pender Street in Vancouver’s Chinatown in Canada, reportedly kicked and dented a car minutes before the attack.
  • Recalling the incident to Global News CA, Tami Higo said she encountered the suspect while driving with a friend along East Cordova Street on July 9 and nearly had to come to a complete stop to avoid hitting Kelly.
  • After Kelly purportedly kicked her car, Higo called the police and recalled that he just “came back to the sidewalk and just walked back up the block like nothing had happened.”
  • Higo, a nurse who has worked in mental health and substance use, said she has yet to receive the total costs to repair the damage to her car.
  • Kelly was reportedly captured on a surveillance camera sprinting without a shirt on the sidewalk of Pender Street moments after his encounter with Higo Surveillance footage shows Kelly hitting a mother and her toddler standing in front of a store and knocking them down.

The man accused of knocking down a mother and her toddler in Vancouver’s Chinatown in Canada reportedly kicked and dented a car before the incident early this month.

The incident occurred along East Cordova Street on July 9 when the driver, identified as Tami Higo, encountered the suspect who would later be identified as Shakwan David Kelly, 27.

Vancouver transit officer who went viral for calmly handling an anti-masker is promoted

transit officer anti-masker promotion
  • Constable Peter Kwok, a Metro Vancouver Transit Police officer who went viral for a video of his calm handling of an anti-masker on a SkyTrain in 2020, was promoted to the role of media relations officer on Monday.
  • The anti-masker, who filmed the incident, was issued with a $230 fine for failing to wear a mask in an indoor space and a $230 fine for her “abusive or belligerent behavior.”
  • “You were all extremely kind to him when a video of him dealing with an anti-masker went viral on Reddit,” the Metro Vancouver Transit Police wrote on Reddit. “In fact, about 200 of you took the time to email us and let us know how much you appreciated the job Cst. Kwok was doing.”

A Metro Vancouver Transit Police officer who went viral for a video of his calm handling of an anti-masker on a SkyTrain in 2020 has been promoted.

Constable Peter Kwok was promoted as the new media relations officer for Metro Vancouver Transit Police on Monday.

Vancouver Chinatown community ‘disheartened’ after mural is vandalized weeks after being created

  • “Fu Lu Shou Xi,” a mural in Vancouver’s Chinatown, was vandalized with bubble graffiti on Sunday morning.
  • The artwork, located on the Ten Ren Tea and Ginseng Company building, was completed just five weeks ago by artist Carolyn Wong.
  • The mural was commissioned by the Vancouver Chinatown Business Improvement Association (BIA) in partnership with the Vancouver Mural Festival and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.
  • Bradley Spence, who owns a nearby store, released surveillance footage of the vandalism.
  • The incident follows a series of vandalisms in the neighborhood, which became more frequent throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

A mural completed just five weeks ago in Vancouver’s Chinatown is now gone after falling to vandalism on Sunday morning.

The artwork, titled “Fu Lu Shou Xi” and created by artist Carolyn Wong, was located on the Ten Ren Tea and Ginseng Company building at the southeast corner of Main and Pender Streets.