This appears to be a case of double standards. For the same alleged infractions, Jang was told to resign because he is ethnic Chinese while Peschisolido was let off because he isn’t. Jang, a third-generation Canadian of Chinese descent, did not apologise or resign as the allegations that he supports China’s communist government and Mao’s Cultural Revolution are absurd. He and Peschisolido had followed council’s standard protocol in participating in the national day celebrations of countries that have friendly ties with Vancouver. Jang said the protest was racially-motivated and that he was further subject to racist abuse after the event.
Xenophobia has risen over the past years as the topic of illegal immigration has come to the forefront of American politics. The nation is divided on what to do about the millions of illegal immigrants currently living on US soil. Anti-immigration groups patrol the border, making sure no more prospective immigrants cross over, and racial profiling is used to question the legal status of anyone “foreign-looking”. Especially with the instability of the US economy in recent years, some Americans fear that their jobs are being given away to immigrants.