EDITORIAL

MAILBAG

Some angry defenders of Chinese Canadians / The navel battle is joined

May 5 1962
EDITORIAL

MAILBAG

Some angry defenders of Chinese Canadians / The navel battle is joined

May 5 1962

MAILBAG

Some angry defenders of Chinese Canadians / The navel battle is joined

Alan Phillips has gone on a wild-eyed witch hunt in The criminal society that dominates the Chinese in Canada (April 7). He can't know any of our Chinese citizens as friends or he wouldn’t write such nonsense. For example, he writes as if Mandarin were the language of our Chinese Canadians. It isn't: it is Cantonese. Also he says. “Many Chinese horn in Canada speak only a few words of F.nglish.” How could this be? The great majority live in cities and towns and like all other Canadians go to school until they are at least sixteen. Go to the Chinese Presbyterian or United Church luncheons, suppers and bazaars, if you want to see normal, happy Canadian citizens. Alan Phillips' article is just too silly. — N. w. L. WOOD, TORONTO

* Permit me to correct an inaccuracy in this article which states at one point. “Wilbur Wong of the Montreal CBA showed the press a statement drawn up by Montreal lawyer William Aaron. In it Patrick Mark, an illegal immigrant from Hong Kong, charged that . . and later, ". . . William Aaron, admitting that he had been duped, resigned as CBA counsel . . .” While I have represented the Chinese Benevolent Society. 1 do not have the honor to be the lawyer in question. This sort of inaccuracy may appear slight, but I feel that it is worth correcting because I am convinced that you would not have painted such an unflattering picture of the Canadian-Chinese community if your article had been more carefully prepared.—w. s. AARON. LAURIER, WOOD

& AARON, ADVOCATES, MONTREAL

I hope Alan Phillips' tax return is as accurate as the Chinese returns we are turning in here, and that his home is as pleasant as many of the Chinese homes in the residential districts here. For his information it may be mentioned the language spoken here is not Mandarin, hut CANTONESE.-WALTER A.

.JACKLIN Ä CO., CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS, VANCOUVER

^ There are many good and loyal Chinese Canadian citizens who are much grieved to see a few’ unscrupulous ones among them giving a had

impression of them all.—s. HO-PANC,

TORONTO

* I am one of the many Chinese-Cana-

dians who enjoy a normal. Canadian, clean-living and crime-free life . in a decent residential district. There are many families exactly in the same circumstances. We are not ostracized by our Chinese friends because we choose to live outside the “ghetto.” And we have never even been approached to support any club or society in Chinatown.-MRS. !.. FONG. MONTREAL

I am of Chinese origin. I have never lived in any so-called ghetto, either in the U. S. or here in Canaria. I represent a large percentage of my race, although there are a number who do live in Chinatown for various reasons. It would appear that Mr. Phillips knows a little bit, but assumes a great DEAL.-GRACE

JONG,VANCOUVER

From the navel onwards

Many modern female fashions are contrary to Christian ideals (McKenzie Porter on women's clothes, April 7 ) and this trend is related to degrading newsstand displays and some movies and theatrical PERFORMANCES.-JOHN H.

MASCOTTO, GERALD I ON, ONT.

* I would like to take issue with Lou Larry. Toronto garment manufacturer, when he says, “the Maritime women are relatively dowdy.” If he will stand on Barrington Street in Halifax, he will

concede that the office girls and store clerks are just as neat, dainty and well groomed as any who can be found in any city in CANADA.-RUSSELL B. ZINCK,

HALIFAX

^ Mr. Porter’s final sentence: “is it any wonder, do you think, that the barbarian is howling without our walls,” seems to fit in with my oft-voiced suggestion that we are going hack to barbarism!-KATHLEEN I. DARBY, WELLAND.

ONT.

* After all, the men have belly-buttons, tOO . . .-MRS. G. BARNES, BRAN-

DON, MAN.

Peace without honor

You appropriately cite the futility of the Red-or-dead alternatives (Editorial: Why the Red-or-dead wrangle is a dangerous waste of timp, April 7) and then offer a course of action that amounts to just what we’ve been doing for years. That we have maintained “peace with honor . . . since 1945" is an illusion. Our attitude of continual withdrawal in the face of bluster and threats is pacifism. not peace. Our surrender of 600 million Chinese, our callous disregard of the blood-baths such as occurred in Hungary, Tibet, cast Germany and elsewhere defy the word “honor.”—!..

HENRY TIMMINS. GEORGETOWN, ONI.

In defense of Eccles

The tenor of the letters in Mailbag regarding William E'ccles’ article on Cuba (Cuba's program to export revolution. March 10) would make one think that Mr. Eccles had found nothing hut fault with the Castro regime. Aside from a few personal comments about the religious-like fervor of the Cubans, he has praised the new housing projects, the expansion of education and the increased agricultural productivity of the ISLAND.-BARBARA PARKER, TORONJO

I have been to Cuba on different occasions and I think that William Eccles’ article was well written and very much to the POINT.-FRANK KI.ACEK, MONTREAL

As thousands cheer

I just want to say that I would like to be counted among the many thousands that would like to stand up and cheer for all the wonderful things Premier Bennett and his Cabinet have done for

British Columbia (The go-for-broke boss of B. C.. April 7). Everywhere you look, there is evidence of constructive building and improvement in every

field.-EVELYN L. LRIKSI-.N, WEST VAN-

COUVER

The racing West

Your recent article on Mosport (Grand Prix—Canada's bid for big-time auto racing, March 24), while a welcome indication that motor racing is now a major Canadian sport, would lead the uninitiated to believe that the Canadian Automobile Sport Club and its drivers are the only people in Canada participating in the sport. In fact, the Sports Car Club of British Columbia, the oldest and largest club in Canada, has been organizing racing events for over ten years, and since 1959 has operated Westwood Racing Circuit. While Westwood has yet to run professional events

of the stature of Mosport’s major races, it regularly attracts the best cars and drivers in the International Conference of Northwest Sports Car Clubs, which comprises clubs in British Columbia, Washington and OREGON.-MIKE JONES.

ESQUIMALT, B.C.

Nostalgia and pleasure

Thanks for the colored pictures of wild flow’crs in your March 10 issue. In the present condition of world news I took great pleasure in looking at colored wild flowers. In my youth around the turn of the century, I knew' where, on the outskirts of this city, to find all but one of the flowers you show. Of course, they have long disappeared in the interests of building “progress.” So there was nostalgia added to pleasure. Thanks AGAIN.-M. CARR. HAMILTON, ONT.

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How B.C. could solve the growing Doukhobor problem The many hazards of world traveling by arm chair

Ten years ago this month a report was released by B. C.’s Doukhobor Research Committee on the study they had made for the provincial government. Let us look again at this thorough study and consider following some of its major recommendations. Primarily this would mean the appointment of a Commission on Doukhobor Affairs “to co-ordinate the activities of all levels of government as they relate to the Doukhobors,” and the appointment of special representatives to work in the villages in areas of liaison, vocational training, recreation, public health and general rehabilitation. The present situation is costing the people of British Columbia millions of dollars and untold distress. Surely it would be worthwhile for our government to pay a few people to work on the factors underlying this unrest. - ROUI RT BOYD, ARGENTA FRIENDS MEETING, ARGENTA, B.C.

Tile truth about Cuba

No wonder the skin on William Ecclcs’ neck tingled when he saw the enthusiasm of the Cuban people for their revolution and their leader (Cuba’s program to export revolution, March 10). No doubt he got a premonition that the stories he makes his living selling are not going to be acceptable to Canadians for very long. They can go down and see the truth for themselves, as I did.

— ALICE INMAN, NANAIMO, B.C.

Raccoons and civilization

A letter from Mrs. Freda Bunner of Owen Sound (Mailbag, March 10) deplores the formation in Canada of an association to hunt raccoons. I presume her desire to protect helpless living creatures from unnecessary suffering is shared by the majority of Canadians. I hope so. If this is not the case, we have little chance of long maintaining a civilized society in this country. — MRS. AIDA MCA. FLEMMING, FREDERICTON, N.B.

How to preserve the irreplaceable

Re the Preview article. After a book burning: Will Hans Selye’s library live? (April 7). Today, most “irreplaceable” documents, books, indices, etc., do not have to remain irreplaceable. They can and should be preserved by the microfilming processes now available. —

JULIUS ROLL, MONTREAL

The man behind Winnipeg’s track

How Winnipeg made the track-and-field big time (Entertainment, March 24) does not contain all the facts. Nowhere in your article was the name of Phillip Nutter mentioned. The one man responsible for indoor track in Winnipeg was, and is, Phillip Nutter. — w. T. HAMPTON, WINNIPEG

Bennett is best

Anent Ralph Allen’s interesting article about our premier, Mr. W. A. C. Bennett (The go-for-broke boss of B. C., April 7): As a resident of Vancouver for nearly 25 years and a student of things political for over twice that period of time, I unhesitatingly state that the present government of this province is the best it has ever had. — W. N. HARVEY, VANCOUVER

Flowers without horror

Hearty thanks to you for having such a charming young lady depicted with the flowers (The prize trophies of a wild flower hunter, March 10). Such an immense change from the sophisticated horrors with which people often spoil their nature photographs. - B. C.

WIDDOWSON, READ ISLAND, B.C.

The sedentary traveler

Marika Robert’s article (Around the world on a package tour, Mar. 24) was very interesting. I read it to the end but on the way I felt lousy, itchy, dirty, hungry and homesick for my nice comfortable home and country, sink and bathroom. I am an armchair traveler with a great urge to get up and go. But

I have not had much opportunity because I have had four children and many things to do. The time is near however, when I shall be able to travel but never, never would I go on the round-the-world trip that Marika took. I like a clean bed and lots of hot water and clean food. - MRS. AMY B. HAUF-

SCHILD, NIAGARA FALLS, ONT.

Von Braun’s war against Hitler

With a sense of urgency, I wish to comment on The war against von Braun, by Terence Robertson (March 24). It is well known that many of the German scientists and intelligentsia were persecuted for opposing the Nazi regime but no mention is made in this article that von Braun himself was jailed by the Nazis for defiance and contempt and spared after much deliberation because they felt he could be useful to them. The V-2 bears a striking similarity to today’s rockets because it was first conceived by von Braun as a vehicle for human orbital flight and hastily adapted for war purposes on Hitler’s orders.

—MRS. ED. MCINERNEY, WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C.

Who tells the pollsters?

As an emigrant to Canada from Berlin, I wholeheartedly agree with your editorial of April 7 (Why the Red-or-dcad wrangle is a dangerous waste of time). Where did the public opinion poll take its figures? I never got asked and neither, I am sure, did thousands of others! How can Christian - minded people want an all-out nuclear war with millions and millions of innocent people killed? Let’s be wiser than that and find another way out of disaster! — MRS. HERB E. JUNG, EAST KILDONAN, MAN. ★