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August 17, 2010
Racist road rage
It’s not unusual to hear about fistfights with racist overtones breaking out between motorists. But Peter Chow-White, an  communication expert, believes it is a trend that seems to be increasing and taking a worrisome turn. “An Asian female driver with children in her car was recently confronted by another driver who pulled up behind her at light. He got out of his car, came up to her window, threatened her and called her ‘chink’ multiple times in front of her young children,” recounts Chow-White. “I’m aware of other incidents like this. These abusive drivers are almost always white men. This points to the persistence of racism and the threat of violence in metro Vancouver, especially towards Asian women.” Ehor Boyanowsky, an SFU associate professor of criminology, shares Chow-White’s concerns.

Peter Chow-White, 778.782.7289;
Ehor Boyanowsky, 778.782.4205;

Criminology book up for award
A book on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, co-authored by SFU criminologist Neil Boyd, is one of three books that have made the shortlist for this year’s 8th Annual George Ryga Award. Larry Campbell, a former Vancouver mayor, and Lori Culbert, an investigative journalist, also co-authored A Thousand Dreams: Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and the Fight for its Future.

The award recognizes social awareness in writing and publishing in B.C. and is named after the late Canadian playwright and novelist George Ryga. This year’s winner will be announced on Nov. 6.

Neil Boyd, 778.782.3324, 604.947.9569;


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