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‘So upsetting’: Vancouver’s Chinese Cultural Center once again hit with graffiti – BC

Vancouver police are investigating another disturbing act of vandalism in the city’s historic Chinatown.

The latest incident involves graffiti on a pair of lion statues outside the Vancouver Chinese Cultural Center at Pender and Carrall streets.

A pair of lion statues outside the Chinese Cultural Center in Vancouver have been defaced with graffiti.


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A pair of lion statues outside the Chinese Cultural Center in Vancouver have been defaced with graffiti.


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Patrollers spotted the damage, which includes graffiti on the front and back of the statues and what appears to be green paint poured over it, just after midnight Friday morning.

“It’s so heartbreaking to see another senseless act happening in Chinatown,” said Const. Tania Visintin said, adding that the VPD’s hate crimes unit was engaged in the case.


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“This community has been through so much in the last two months and really since the pandemic started, from all the hate crimes that have targeted those of East Asian descent, and just the general urban decay of the neighborhood.”

In January, the south wall of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, which is on the same block as the cultural center, was also defaced with graffiti.

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Earlier that month, a 47-year-old man was sentenced to eight months in prison for writing racist graffiti on the windows of the cultural centre.

Another pair of lion statues at Chinatown’s Millennium Gate have also been repeatedly defaced with racist graffiti over the past two years.

The incidents came amid a documented rise in anti-Asian racism coinciding with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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