Harmony Movement Condemns Racist 'Nipper Tipping' Assaults

    TORONTO, Sept. 26 /CNW/ - <a href="http://www.harmony.ca/">Harmony Movement</a> today condemns what it sees as
racially-motivated 'nipper tipping' assaults on Asian Canadian fishermen in
the Sutton area on the shores of Lake Simcoe. These assaults, mischief and
thefts, often carried out by local youths, were reported in today's edition
Toronto Star under the headline "Bizarre assaults hit quiet town."
    "Countless people have worked tirelessly in our country to educate our
youths on respect for other cultures and races," said Cheuk Kwan, the
organization's executive director. "These recurring racially-motivated attacks
point to the fact that much work remains to be done in our schools and
    "The fact that these assaults are called 'nipper tipping' tells me that
these senseless assaults on Asian Canadian fishermen are racially-motivated,"
Kwan adds. "'Nip' is a derogatory word for Japanese and is usually used in the
context for anyone of Asian descent."
    "We urge our police forces to take these incidents seriously," says Lois
Tori, co-chair of Harmony Movement, "and not to dismiss them as mere youthful
pranks. An attack on any racial groups is an attack on us all."

    Harmony Movement was established in 1994 to combat inter-racial
intolerance and to confront the "us versus them" attitude prevalent in
Canadian society at that time. Since 2003, Harmony Movement has carried out
youth diversity and leadership training in more than 60 schools in nine school
boards in the GTA and Southwestern Ontario.

For further information:

For further information: Cheuk Kwan, (416) 804 1527, ckwan@harmony.ca

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