Quebecers raise concerns after racist caricatures discovered in French-language course material

April 12, 2022
Asian Quebecers have denounced the use of materials for provincially funded French-language courses that contain offensive stereotypes about Asian people. École internationale de français of the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières and the Centre Louis-Jolliet used two different worksheets in francisation classes: One included an offensive stereotype about Chinese food, while the other included a cartoon of an Asian man and a reference to his eyes. The worksheets sparked ire after they were circulated online. A UQTR spokesperson said the worksheet discussing Chinese cuisine was intended to portray a character who was ignorant of culinary habits. The university has removed the worksheets from a website where it was available to students and apologized for causing discomfort. CBC (QC)