BRITISH COLUMBIA

Richmond, B.C., petition urges English on signs in Chinese-dominated city

03/17/2013 07:20 EDT | Updated 05/17/2013 05:12 EDT
VANCOUVER - A delegation is going before councillors in Richmond, B.C., to complain about the lack of English on signs in a city where more than half of the population is of Chinese descent.

Two residents are spearheading a campaign to lobby council to instruct businesses to include English on the Chinese-only signs in the city that neighbours Vancouver.

Ann Merdinyan didn't want to speak with media until she presented her case to council Monday, but says it's a serious problem in some areas of the Richmond.

Merdinyan, who has been working on the campaign for two years, says it's a sad issue that doesn't look well for either community.

Richmond Councillor Chak Kwong Au says he’s open to the discussion and thinks there's a need to address the issue, since it has come up before.

He says it's important that all sectors of the community feel comfortable and are not overwhelmed by large Chinese signs that have no English translations.(The Canadian Press, CKNW)