Re: "Chinese-only signs too few to count," Letters, Feb. 8.
I think Mr. Lim completely misses the point here. The issue here is not how many Chinese-only signs are in display today in the city.
As a non-Chinese immigrant, when I see a shop displaying its wares and prices in the Chinese language only, it makes me feel I am not welcome because I don't speak Chinese.
It is as if the shop owner is saying to me that his wares are for sale to those who can read the signs only and that he doesn't need the business of non-Chinese customers. I am sure this would not be his intention, but unfortunately that's the message it conveys to Canadians who do not speak Chinese.
Why is it that in many other jurisdictions in Canada, English and/or French is required to be displayed? Why not in Richmond as well?
Mr. Lim makes his best point at the end of his letter with which I whole-heartedly agree. Richmond residents should put aside their cultural differences, make room for one another and live together in harmony.
It is advice that should be well heeded by those who display Chinese-only signs. Let them set an example of their intent to integrate into our culturally diverse society, and open their arms to welcome non-Chinese citizens into their world by displaying signs that everyone can read and understand.
Canadians have welcomed immigrants into this country. Immigrants should do the same to all Canadians.
Fateh Esmail, Richmond