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Respect is a two-way street

Editor:

Just as there are those who would be satisfied with Chinese-only signage in Richmond, there are also those who would very much like there to remain one place in the city where the signage is exclusively in English, and that would be in Steveston.

Wouldn’t that be appropriate and justifiable? It is one of the things that distinguishes the historic town from the rest of the city, makes it a unique place to live and do business in, and ensures that it remains a successful tourist attraction.

But if the demographic of ownership and merchant services in Steveston changes in accordance with rumours to that effect, we can’t help but wonder how soon it might be before the Chinese-only signage controversy also engulfs the last remaining vestige of our earlier Richmond culture. Its uniqueness and historic authenticity should be protected and preserved—otherwise it will simply be subsumed into the greater drift of the rapid changes that are transforming Richmond.

After all, in a multicultural society isn’t respect for ethic and cultural heritages supposed to be a two-way street?

Ray Arnold

Richmond

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