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Racist worksheets with Asian stereotypes given to French language students

Racist stereotypes of Asian people were used in worksheets at French language courses in Quebec, Canada.

The stereotypes appeared in two different worksheets at the École internationale de français of the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) and an adult learning center called the Centre Louis-Jolliet, CBC reports.

One of the worksheets disparaged Asian cuisine. In that worksheet, a character asks another character if they eat Chinese food.

“Are you kidding me? I don’t eat cat,” the character replies, according to CTV News.

According to CBC, the second worksheet shows an Asian man in traditional dress with the caption: “He has small eyes.”

Asian Canadians have begun to speak out against the worksheets.

“This is not right, this is discrimination, this is racism,” Jimmy Chan, president of the Chan Associations in Montreal, told CBC.

Centre de services scolaire de la Capitale told CBC that neither the university or the learning center produced the worksheet. The university apologized for the worksheets.

“We apologize for any discomfort this publication may have caused,” spokesperson Jean-François Hinse told CTV News in an email.

Bryant Chang, vice president of the Chinese Association of Montreal told CTV News schools should offer cultural sensitivity training.

“The educators should themselves be educated,” he said.

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