There is a recent article in Richmond News about the “international media attention” the city of Richmond has been getting of late in lieu of its demographic transformation from a rather congenial British town a mere two decades ago into a crass Chinese land lot plastered with ugly Chinese commercial signs. Journalists from South Korea, Japan, Germany, and other places, interviewed community activist Kerry Starchuk, who has been vocal in her opposition to the use of Chinese-only language signs and overall Chinese take-over of the city of Richmond. They were also wondering if this city served as yet another warning example of what happens when Chinese immigrants are allowed to settle without opposition. They cannot believe what has transpired in Richmond, how did Canadian leaders not only stood-by but celebrated the demographic shift of the city from British to Chinese. The Chinese proportion of the population of Richmond has grown from 34% in 1996, 40% in 2001 and 45% in 2006, to 47% in 2011.
The official line has been one of outright deception. The City of Richmond’s Vision Statement is “to be the most liveable, appealing and well-managed community in Canada”, and the Intercultural Advisory Committee advocates Richmond “to be the most welcoming, inclusive and harmonious community in Canada”.
Well, as the saying goes, the proof of the pudding is in the eating.
Is Richmond Liveable?
Wherever I go I regularly see garbage piled up on the street. And yet a $5 purchase for a voucher from the City of Richmond entitles a resident to dispose of large household items. With a bit of effort we can all dispose responsibly of our unwanted belongings. Furthermore, numerous charity organizations will relieve us of unwanted items, which they can re-sell.
But the Chinese who have colonized Richmond have no sense of environmental ethics. It is amazing how naive Westerners continue to be about China’s alleged investment in wind energy, an illusion expressed by none other that Justin Trudeau, leader of the Liberal Party, when he voiced admiration for China’s “green” policies. Many academics reprimand their white students over their lack of conservation while making reference to the Confucian/Taoist “respect” for nature.
The fact is that economic development in China, as historian Mark Elvin put it, has been characterized by “three thousand years of unsustainable growth”. In his book, The Retreat of the Elephants: An Environmental History of China (2004), Elvin refutes the notion that Chinese culture was harmoniously connected to the environment, using lots of historical texts, including poetry, demonstrating that Chinese culture since classical times was very hostile to nature. China was filled with wild animals in the past, but with their eating habits, massive population since ancient times, mega projects such as the Grand Canal built during the Sui dynasty (581-618), hundreds of species were cruelly driven to extinction. Elephants once inhabited most of the region that became China, until they were utterly killed and driven to extinction by the nineteenth century for the sake of ivory trinkets, or simply exploited to the death for work and warfare.
The current Chinese lust for animal parts for sexual pleasure and longevity is not new, as this book shows, the Chinese have being carrying a 3,000-year “war on animals” without mercy. Don’t be mislead by cute words about “traditional medicine”, this medicine is about exploiting rare animals to satisfy the ridiculous eating and medicinal habits of the Chinese race.
This destruction of Nature has accelerated, reaching an extreme degree in recent years, but this time the Chinese are taking their destruction to other countries, while protecting their own environment. As reported on August 7, 2015, China’s Craze for Fancy Chairs Is Killing the World’s Forests; at the same time that the Chinese Communists have passed laws banning logging within China, this barbaric country refuses to ban the import of illegal wood, but instead has now become the leading market for imports of wood, consuming, in 2012, for example, 80-90 percent of Papua New Guinea’s timber, over 90 percent of Mozambique’s, with massive demand for precious red wood consistently exceeding the legal limit, from Myanmar, Cambodia, Congo, and Brazil. When a Shanghai flooring company representative was asked about the illegal destruction of forests in the world, he replied, “I don’t really care” how our suppliers get their wood, all that matters is satisfying the bloated Chinese demand.
Is Richmond Appealing?
Real estate signs and various advertisements litter the road medians and intersection corners every weekend. Since when did our public streets become venues for free advertising for private businesses?
Western multiculturalists have this illusion that immigrants are “enriching” their lands culturally, but what they don’t realize is that the idea of comfortable, public-oriented towns, with clean parks, and wide open spaces, is uniquely Western. Asian cities are cluttered with signs, polluted with noise and smells, and inhabited by hordes of people living on top of each other releasing waste and spitting in every direction. So, expect these habits to reproduce themselves in Western cities as the colonization reaches ever higher numbers of immigrants.
Is Richmond Well-managed?
When an older house is sold, it is almost always demolished. Why are we destroying perfectly good houses, only to glut an overfull landfill? Many construction sites are a total disaster. Most of them are not cleaned up between the start and finish of the project. More and more we see port-o-potties on the street, even though there is room on the construction site. Where is the respect for neighbors?
Westerners are also deluded with this image of Eastern people as “deferential” and “respectful” of past buildings and artifacts. No, they were this way for lack of innovation and entrepreneurship, but once they got a hold of Western technology, their style of development has been one of utter demolition of everything that was not “new”. This is understandable since the bulk of their past buildings were dirty and worthless, but some were “historic”, and these too have been very often demolished without second thoughts. You think I am just saying this? The Council of European Canadians always documents its claims, read this article: China Loses Thousands of Historic Sites. If this is happening in their own countries, what do you think will be their attitude in countries that are culturally alien to them, combined with the fact that our own native European leaders show no respect for our heritage?
Is Richmond Welcoming, Inclusive, Harmonious?
Many of our neighborhoods are saddled with a growing number of houses that are vacant and unattended. Should the neighbors have to report the unsightly premises to the city? It would be the neighborly thing to knock on the door, but what if the gate is locked and the owners live overseas or can’t communicate in one of official languages? Are our houses now no longer homes, but just commodities?
Westerners don’t realize that “diversity” is a code for the replacement of Whites, and that means when a city is populated by majority Chinese, Muslims, Africans, or Mestizos, it is deemed to be a successful case of “inclusive racial harmony”. But when the city has fewer immigrants or less non-Whites it is vilified as a city with “white supremacy”.
Richmond Used to Be Welcoming
It has been heartbreaking to see our beautiful city go down the drain. Where does the responsibility lie? Is it City Hall lacking the will to enforce by-laws already in place? Never in a million years would I have imagined living in such chaos. Perhaps I should have taken the advice of a top City Hall elected official when we were discussing the monstrous rise in the price and value’ of real estate in Richmond in 2011. “Take the money and run”, he had said facetiously’. But I don’t know where to run since this is my home.
My grandma was born in Steveston in 1901 and died there in 1997. She never wanted to leave Richmond. For the last five years I have questioned the complex, difficult challenges every day, after living here for 50-plus years. I ask myself, is it going to get better, or will I have to move away, as so many other long-time residents of Richmond have done?
Historic Richmond When It Was White and Truly Harmonious