Richmond, B.C., petition urges English on signs in Chinese-dominated city

VANCOUVER – A delegation is going before councillors in Richmond, B.C., to complain about the lack of English on signs in a city where more than half of the population is of Chinese descent.

Two residents are spearheading a campaign to lobby council to instruct businesses to include English on the Chinese-only signs in the city that neighbours Vancouver.

Ann Merdinyan didn’t want to speak with media until she presented her case to council Monday, but says it’s a serious problem in some areas of the Richmond.

Merdinyan, who has been working on the campaign for two years, says it’s a sad issue that doesn’t look well for either community.

Richmond Councillor Chak Kwong Au says he’s open to the discussion and thinks there’s a need to address the issue, since it has come up before.

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He says it’s important that all sectors of the community feel comfortable and are not overwhelmed by large Chinese signs that have no English translations.(The Canadian Press, CKNW)

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