Canada Prosperity and Parochialism

Asian immigrants fuel both boom and backlash in Vancouver

Set like a jewel between snow-covered mountains and deep Pacific Ocean inlets, Vancouver, Canada's third largest city and site of the 1986 world's fair, has inspired great pride among its residents. Unfortunately, intense pride sometimes degenerates into parochialism -- or worse. A city alderman intervened recently to stop local merchants from selling T shirts with the slogan HONGCOUVER, B.C. '89. "When I go out I'm absolutely surrounded by Asiatics," complained longtime Vancouver resident John Smythe at a public hearing on immigration last month. "If the doors are wide open, what's going to happen to the Caucasians?"

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