English translation: About the Article “Immigrants Leaving Children Home Alone”
The Vancouver Association of Chinese Canadians Criticized [the Globe & Mail] Report for Hasty Generalization
World Journal Vancouver Report
Mr. Huang Yuwen, president of the Vancouver Association of Chinese Canadians read the article about immigrants from Hong Kong and Taiwan leaving children home alone in yesterday’s local newspaper. He thinks that the report seems to be biased for hasty news generation.
This is an article titled “Immigrants Leaving Children Home Alone” from the Globe & Mail. At the beginning of the article, the school officials were quoted as saying that there are dozens of immigrant students in Vancouver and Richmond who are only 12 or 13 years old. They are left alone at home because their parents return to their places of origin to work or do business. These children have a series of problems due to the lack of adults’ care. They feel depressed, becoming absent from their classes and even getting involved in gang activities.
Huang Yuwen, an immigrant from Hong Kong, firstly thinks that the worries raised in the Globe & Mail article are not viable in his letter. There are not many sources listed. They are not enough to prove it a serious problem to leave immigrant children alone at home. Huang Yuwen said that some editors of the Globe and Mail seem to need to better understand the relevant community before writing articles. He pointed out that the newspaper completely forgot that among those families immigrated to Canada, there are many more families who wanted to start a new life here than the so-called "tai kong ren" families [Families that keep travelling back and forth].
Huang Yuwen said that not all gang members are Chinese immigrant children who are left alone at home, and not all Chinese immigrant children who are left alone at home are gang members.
Huang Yuwen thought that the school bureau should spend more time researching innovative methods to help children of all ethnic backgrounds integrate into school life instead of spending time studying cases of "half dozen to twenty" immigrant students being home alone.
Huang Yuwen finally hoped that the newspaper would make an objective report next time.