The day's events went well, despite the logistical challenges of having so many people in Chinatown that day watching on a big screen at the Keefer Memorial and inside the David Lam Multipurpose Hall at the Chinese Cultural Centre. It was moving to see so many of the elders get emotional during the apology. I saw more than a few with tears in their eyes, including one of the surviving WWII vets when he was acknowledged by Lt. Col. George Ing, who spoke poignantly about their courage in volunteering to fight for Canada even though they had been denied so many rights that others enjoyed.
The apology was first and foremost for those elders who suffered through those difficult times, and so it was moving to see what it meant to them.
A wonderful article by Gordon McIntyre of the Vancouver Sun:
Some other media coverage:
It was a privilege to be a member of the City of Vancouver's Historical Discrimination Against Chinese Peoples advisory group that helped city staff with the research and consultation process over the last two years that led to the apology, and credit must go to Councilor Raymond Louie for serving as the Chair, and Wendy Au, Baldwin Wong, and other staff who did such a wonderful job with the consultation process and the report (linked here).