VANCOUVER — Chelsea Jiang is young, beautiful and smart.
An ethnic Chinese woman living the high life in Vancouver, she’s more than willing to display her wealth.
This qualifies her to star on a local reality show that’s attracting millions of viewers at home and abroad, especially in China. Presented in snappy 12-to 15-minute segments, Ultra Rich Asian Girls puts a lens on Ms. “Ugly rich guys can use their wealth to get plastic surgery and become handsome,” she said.
Their capital is welcome, but there are social and economic costs absorbed by the larger community, and stirrings of resentment.
In Richmond, a fast-growing Vancouver suburb that is now 41% Chinese-speaking, Chinese-only advertisements are found at shopping centres, on bus shelters, and outside real estate offices and residential construction sites.
This sometimes stirs protest and petitions for draconian sign language bylaws.
One out-going Richmond councillor said last month that voting down the latest proposed ban was a mistake.
New councillor Alexa Loo declared that while she embraces “inclusivity,” the Chinese-only signs in Richmond are, in her view, “ridiculous.”At the University of British Columbia, the province’s largest post-secondary institution, students worry about precious resources being directed to a new college under construction on their campus.