This blog post was written by Liane Kotler, Doc Studio's Producer
In his doc "A Sorry State filmmaker Mitch Miyagawa ponders what a government-issued apology really means. His family has had three. One apology, mentioned in Miyagawa's film, was recognized last Friday night in Toronto. At Ontario's legislature, those who have pushed for the Chinese Head Tax apology were awarded The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. It was presented by Trinity Spadina MP Olivia Chow to Head Tax Redress activists.
"The redress campaign would not have been successful without the efforts of numerous allies and volunteers," Victor Wong, Chinese Canadian National Council Executive Director said today. Other Chinese Canadians continue to lead the campaign for inclusive redress - direct symbolic financial redress for the estimated 3,000 head tax families who were excluded from the 2006 Parliamentary Apology. It will be interesting to watch how far this apology, and others featured in Mitch's film will go. Certainly the story isn't over.
To learn more about this apology and others, you can watch A Sorry State, here on doc studio.
Picture (l-r): Doug Hum, Binh Chow, MP Olivia Chow, George Lau, Dr. Joseph Wong, Har Ying Lee, Councillor Adam Vaughan, and Victor Wong.