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Image of Asian-looking woman removed from new $100 bills after complaints
The Star ^ | August 17, 2012 | Dean Beeby

Posted on 08/25/2012 10:05:38 AM PDT by JerseyanExile

The Bank of Canada purged the image of an Asian-looking woman from its new $100 banknotes after focus groups raised questions about her ethnicity.

The original image intended for the reverse of the plastic polymer banknotes, which began circulating last November, showed an Asian-looking woman scientist peering into a microscope.

The image, alongside a bottle of insulin, was meant to celebrate Canada’s medical innovations.

But eight focus groups consulted about the proposed images for the new $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 banknote series were especially critical of the choice of an Asian for the largest denomination.

“Some have concerns that the researcher appears to be Asian,” says a 2009 report commissioned by the bank from The Strategic Counsel, obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.

“Some believe that it presents a stereotype of Asians excelling in technology and/or the sciences. Others feel that an Asian should not be the only ethnicity represented on the banknotes. Other ethnicities should also be shown.”

A few even said the yellow-brown colour of the $100 banknote reinforced the perception the woman was Asian, and “racialized” the note.

The bank immediately ordered the image redrawn, imposing what a spokesman called a “neutral ethnicity” for the woman scientist who, now stripped of her “Asian” features, appears on the circulating note. Her light features appear to be Caucasian.

“The original image was not designed or intended to be a person of a particular ethnic origin,” bank spokesman Jeremy Harrison said in an interview, citing policy that eschews depictions of ethnic groups on banknotes.

“But obviously when we got into focus groups, there was some thought the image appeared to represent a particular ethnic group, so modifications were made.”

Harrison declined to provide a copy of the original image, produced by a design team led by Jorge Peral of the Canadian Bank Note Co., which was a test design only and never made it into circulation.

Nor would he indicate what specific changes were made to the woman researcher’s image to give her a so-called “neutral ethnicity.” He said the images were “composites” rather than depicting any specific individual.

A spokesperson for the Chinese Canadian National Council slammed the bank on Friday for bending to racism.

“The Bank of Canada apparently took seriously ... racist comments and feedback from the focus groups and withdrew the image,” said May Lui, interim executive director of the group’s Toronto chapter.

“That was upsetting simply because of the history and longevity of Chinese-Canadians in this country.”

Lui demanded the bank “acknowledge their error in caving to the racist feedback.”

Victor Wong, the group’s national executive director, called on the bank to amend its policy of not depicting visible minorities.

“You’re erasing all of us,” he said from Toronto. “Your default then is an image with Caucasian features.”

The Strategic Counsel conducted the October 2009 focus groups in Calgary, Toronto, Montreal and Fredericton, at a cost of $53,000.

The Toronto groups were positive about the image of an Asian woman because “it is seen to represent diversity or multiculturalism.”

In Quebec, however, “the inclusion of an Asian without representing any other ethnicities was seen to be contentious.”

One person in Fredericton commented: “The person on it appears to be of Asian descent which doesn’t rep(resent) Canada. It is fairly ugly.”

Mu-Qing Huang, a Chinese-Canadian who has peered into microscopes for biology courses at the University of Toronto, called the bank’s decision a “huge step back.”

“The fact that an Asian woman’s features were introduced to the bill ... I think itself is a huge step forward in achieving true multiculturalism in Canada,” Huang, 24, said in an interview in Ottawa.

“But the fact that the proposal was rejected represents a huge step back.”

She said the “overly sensitive” decision to remove the Asian features suggests prejudice against visible minorities persists in Canada.

“If Canada is truly multicultural and thinks that all cultural groups are equal, then any visible minority should be good enough to represent a country, including (someone with) Asian features.”

Huang, now pursuing an MA at the University of Toronto, came to Canada from China with her family at age 12, living in Toronto and Ottawa.

The 2006 census found that Canada’s population included more than five million people from visible minority groups, of which 1.2 million were Chinese and another 240,000 with ancestry from Southeast Asia, including Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia and Laos.

The Bank of Canada introduced the new series of banknotes largely to thwart counterfeiters, though they are also expected to last much longer than the old versions. New $50 notes went into circulation in March, with $20 notes still to come in November.

The $50 and $20 banknotes feature a research icebreaker and the Canadian National Vimy Memorial respectively, with no images of ordinary Canadians. Some members of the focus groups said the Vimy memorial looked disturbingly like New York’s twin towers, brought down by terrorists in 2001.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Canada; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: bankofcanada; canadiancurrency; currency
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1 posted on 08/25/2012 10:05:47 AM PDT by JerseyanExile
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To: JerseyanExile

UGLY!!!


2 posted on 08/25/2012 10:08:34 AM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: JerseyanExile

People try awfully hard to be offended. This is crazy.


3 posted on 08/25/2012 10:09:40 AM PDT by VegasCowboy ("...he wore his gun outside his pants, for all the honest world to feel.")
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To: JerseyanExile

I’m not seeing it


4 posted on 08/25/2012 10:15:01 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Legalize Freedom!!)
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To: JerseyanExile

The woman should have been East Indian to appear on Canadian money.....


5 posted on 08/25/2012 10:16:17 AM PDT by datura (Democrat = Socialist, Progressive Democrat = Communist)
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

The sad thing about is it is worth $100.84 US


6 posted on 08/25/2012 10:19:12 AM PDT by Perdogg (Mutts for Mitt all agree - Better in the crate than on the plate)
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To: JerseyanExile

Obviously unacceptable. She doesn’t look Arabic at all.


7 posted on 08/25/2012 10:20:19 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (I will fear no muslim))
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To: muir_redwoods

Neither am I.
Did know Canada had bigots.


8 posted on 08/25/2012 10:20:57 AM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: JerseyanExile

Oh, Canada.


9 posted on 08/25/2012 10:21:00 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Hardraade

Obviously unacceptable. She doesn’t look Arabic at all.

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

BWAHAHAHA !! Well played.


10 posted on 08/25/2012 10:23:40 AM PDT by Eccl 10:2 (Prov 3:5 --- "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding")
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To: Hardraade

Obviously unacceptable. She doesn’t look Arabic at all.

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

BWAHAHAHA !! Well played.


11 posted on 08/25/2012 10:23:57 AM PDT by Eccl 10:2 (Prov 3:5 --- "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding")
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To: JerseyanExile

Put a woman in a burqa on the bill and it will be acceptable to all.


12 posted on 08/25/2012 10:25:56 AM PDT by 353FMG (The US Constitution is only as good as those who enforce it.)
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To: JerseyanExile

Gosh! Isn’t diversity such a joy?


13 posted on 08/25/2012 10:29:23 AM PDT by Nea Wood (When life gets too hard to stand, kneel.)
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To: JerseyanExile; Loyalist; Clive
Canada either did,or didn't,play a role in the development of insulin...a very important event.If they did and Canadians of Asian ancestry (there's got to be *some* there) were in on that research in any important way,why can't they be honored?
14 posted on 08/25/2012 10:30:44 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Word Is Out,Harry Reid's Into Child Porn.Release All Your Photos,Harry!)
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To: JerseyanExile

Jealousy. Envy. They’re pissed because blacks and whites can’t do &&&& anymore.


15 posted on 08/25/2012 10:49:28 AM PDT by Clock King
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To: JerseyanExile

Folks who pine and clamor for diversity should not be surprised when it happens..


16 posted on 08/25/2012 10:52:03 AM PDT by cardinal4 (Do I really need a /s tag?)
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To: JerseyanExile
That cant be the right image...not the one causing all of this. That woman doesnt appear even vaguely asian.

What do the Caucasian Bull Dykes Against Depicting Lesbian Bowl Cuts have to say about this?

This is alot of nonsense about nothing and speaks to the Founding Fathers fear of the whipsaw of public emotion.

17 posted on 08/25/2012 10:57:03 AM PDT by gnarledmaw (Obama: Evincing a Design since 2009)
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To: muir_redwoods; Little Ray

It sounded from the article as though the original image was purged from the bill before they went into production. This is most likely the revised bill.

“Harrison declined to provide a copy of the original image, produced by a design team led by Jorge Peral of the Canadian Bank Note Co., which was a test design only and never made it into circulation.”


18 posted on 08/25/2012 11:01:54 AM PDT by green pastures (Cynicism-- it's not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: JerseyanExile

This also clearly illustrates how poor Canadian socialized healthcare is as there is obviously a severe shortage of ophthamology specialists.


19 posted on 08/25/2012 11:02:15 AM PDT by gnarledmaw (Obama: Evincing a Design since 2009)
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To: gnarledmaw

“Harrison declined to provide a copy of the original image, produced by a design team led by Jorge Peral of the Canadian Bank Note Co., which was a test design only and never made it into circulation.”


20 posted on 08/25/2012 11:05:45 AM PDT by green pastures (Cynicism-- it's not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: Clock King
Jealousy. Envy. They’re pissed because blacks and whites can’t do &&&& anymore.

Hey, it's not like I'm not trying to get a job!

(Do you know anyone looking for a MEMS processing engineer???)

21 posted on 08/25/2012 11:10:25 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1314 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: JerseyanExile

Strange that they use images of generic people instead of famous people.

Comprehensive list of famous Canadians:
Wayne Gretzky
Justin Bieber
Pamela Anderson
Jim Carrey
John Candy
Celine Dion (too Asian?)
Shania Twain


22 posted on 08/25/2012 11:33:36 AM PDT by UnwashedPeasant
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To: JerseyanExile

Clearly reparations are in order for the aggrieved group.

Precisely who that group is will be known once the supercomputer at the Toronto Institute of Advanced Sensitivity has run its victim determination algorithm to completion.


23 posted on 08/25/2012 11:38:31 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: JerseyanExile

Huh? You’d have to live alone in a cabin with only a team of sled dogs for companions for a lot of years to think she looks Asian! Come into to town once in a while, Canada.


24 posted on 08/25/2012 11:44:26 AM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: JerseyanExile
One person in Fredericton commented: “The person on it appears to be of Asian descent which doesn’t rep(resent) Canada. It is fairly ugly.”

Astounding ignorance. Has this person forgotten that, only a decade ago, a woman of Chinese descent rep(resented) Canada as Governor-General?

The $50 and $20 banknotes feature a research icebreaker and the Canadian National Vimy Memorial respectively, with no images of ordinary Canadians. Some members of the focus groups said the Vimy memorial looked disturbingly like New York’s twin towers, brought down by terrorists in 2001.

You know, it's sad that in my country, you need to be able to answer a "skill-testing question" in order to win a free donut, but there are no qualifications to be in a focus group.

25 posted on 08/25/2012 12:01:38 PM PDT by RansomOttawa (tm)
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To: UnwashedPeasant
> Strange that they use images of generic people instead of famous people. Comprehensive list of famous Canadians: Wayne Gretzky, Justin Bieber, Pamela Anderson, Jim Carrey, John Candy, Celine Dion (too Asian?), Shania Twain

I'm all for money with pictures of Pamela, Celine, and Shania on it.... The problem with the world is there not enough pretty women on currency.

26 posted on 08/25/2012 12:03:35 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: JerseyanExile

That’s a very ugly looking note. Who is that man, he looks like he’s being torn out of the paper. Forget the scientist lady, he looks very creepy.


27 posted on 08/25/2012 12:05:48 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: JerseyanExile
“Some believe that it presents a stereotype of Asians excelling in technology and/or the sciences.

Is it really a stereotype if it's true?

Others feel that an Asian should not be the only ethnicity represented on the banknotes. Other ethnicities should also be shown.”

So much for being color blind. This just shows the utter stupidity of political correctness and racial identity politics.

28 posted on 08/25/2012 12:06:47 PM PDT by JediJones (Too Hot for GOP TV: Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Allen West and Donald Trump)
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To: dayglored
I'm all for money with pictures of Pamela, Celine, and Shania on it.... The problem with the world is there not enough pretty women on currency.

Can't have that. That would discriminate against ugly women. Put the currency through enough focus groups and the only acceptable person left to show on the currency would be Rosie O' Donnell.

29 posted on 08/25/2012 12:10:03 PM PDT by JediJones (Too Hot for GOP TV: Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Allen West and Donald Trump)
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To: UnwashedPeasant

You must be pretty young...or you travel in the wrong circles.Mike Myers and Dan Akroyd,two of the funniest guys to have ever lived;Joni Mitchell,a great,*great* songwriter (and,to some,permormer as well),Gordon Lightfoot,a great,great singer and songwriter.....


30 posted on 08/25/2012 12:11:21 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Word Is Out,Harry Reid's Into Child Porn.Release All Your Photos,Harry!)
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To: jocon307
"Who is that man..."

I think I've seen him in those Monty Python animations that Terry Gilliam did.

31 posted on 08/25/2012 12:17:01 PM PDT by mikey_hates_everything
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To: jocon307
Who is that man, he looks like he’s being torn out of the paper. Forget the scientist lady, he looks very creepy.

Sir Robert Borden, eighth Prime Minister (1911-20). You're right, that's a very poor depiction—the one on the front of the bill is better. He's been on our $100 forever.

32 posted on 08/25/2012 12:17:21 PM PDT by RansomOttawa (tm)
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To: JediJones

That would be one awfully big bill.


33 posted on 08/25/2012 12:17:51 PM PDT by JimC214
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To: RansomOttawa
How could any Canadian have anything against the Vimy Memorial? Vimy Ridge made Canada.
34 posted on 08/25/2012 12:20:50 PM PDT by Little Bill
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To: JerseyanExile
That isn't an Asian Woman.... Now, my wife is an Asian woman... wife
35 posted on 08/25/2012 12:30:55 PM PDT by baddog 219
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To: muir_redwoods

Me neither. I guess ya gotta be Canadian, eh?


36 posted on 08/25/2012 12:42:40 PM PDT by gundog (Help us, Nairobi-Wan Kenobi...you're our only hope.)
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To: JerseyanExile

Hey! There is a guy with a moustach on that bill. Now THAT is offensive!


37 posted on 08/25/2012 12:50:07 PM PDT by Chuckster (The longer I live the less I care about what you think.)
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To: RansomOttawa

Thanks for filling me in.

I guess these are all anti-counterfitting measures.

My fave US bill is the $50 with Grant on it. I’ve just always liked those best. Grant looks good on money.


38 posted on 08/25/2012 12:50:56 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: JerseyanExile

I think the Obama regime should have Julius and Ethel Rosenberg’s portrait on the $100 bill!

THE AMAZING PART OF THIS OBAMA TRAVESTY IS AMERICANS CONTINUE ALLOWING THEMSELVES TO BE RULED BY AN ILLEGAL ALIEN.


39 posted on 08/25/2012 12:51:39 PM PDT by IbJensen (Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.)
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To: VegasCowboy
Canadians are that way. So little going on they do hissy fits over minor issues. With winter coming on soon ~ next month I think? ~ they need to get it out of their systems or the family dog will just get all beat up.

The original was probably a Meti or a Chippewa.

40 posted on 08/25/2012 12:58:29 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: JerseyanExile

and for good measure, it looks like they even streaked her hair!


41 posted on 08/25/2012 1:04:22 PM PDT by EDINVA
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42 posted on 08/25/2012 1:06:53 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: UnwashedPeasant
Comprehensive list of famous Canadians:

Which of those words do you have difficulty understanding?

William Shatner

43 posted on 08/25/2012 1:27:37 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Monarchy is the one system of government where power is exercised for the good of all - Aristotle)
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To: baddog 219
> That isn't an Asian Woman.... Now, my wife is an Asian woman...

Your wife is lovely... You are a very lucky man!

44 posted on 08/25/2012 2:05:00 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: JediJones
> Can't have that. That would discriminate against ugly women. Put the currency through enough focus groups and the only acceptable person left to show on the currency would be Rosie O' Donnell.

I would no more put a picture of RO'D in my wallet, than a turd.

They ever do that, the hell with cash, I'm going to pure barter.

45 posted on 08/25/2012 2:08:17 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: JerseyanExile

How does she look Asian? Do they mean she looks Oriental? Israelis and Iranians are Asians as are Indians and Pakistanis just to name a few. The term Asian is too broad to tell you anything about a person’s ethnicity.


46 posted on 08/25/2012 2:22:39 PM PDT by SUSSA
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To: baddog 219

I thought you were married to Morgan Fairchild.


47 posted on 08/25/2012 2:43:03 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: jocon307
"Who is that man, he looks like he’s being torn out of the paper."

He is peeping at the scientist girl.

48 posted on 08/25/2012 3:52:58 PM PDT by UnwashedPeasant
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To: baddog 219

Is that an old picture, or are you married to a 15-year-old?

haha. Lucky Dog! :-)


49 posted on 08/25/2012 4:09:56 PM PDT by UnwashedPeasant
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To: Oztrich Boy
They've already had Spock on a banknote:


50 posted on 08/25/2012 4:27:27 PM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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