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Great expectations, and racism, but immense pride and learning: Asian-Canadian MPs share their experiences

By Joslon Lim      

For some Asian-Canadian MPs, being elected to Ottawa comes with expectations. But they say the job brings them much pride and an opportunity to learn about their community.

NDP MP Jenny Kwan, the most seasoned Asian-Canadian politician currently in federal politics, pictured talking to her Hill staffers at a House Immigration Committee meeting on Sept. 20, 2018. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

For NDP MP Jenny Kwan, it’s a privilege to serve as one of Canada’s few Chinese-Canadian MPs, especially for her downtown Vancouver East, B.C., riding with many new Canadians who turn to her constituency office for help navigating Canada’s immigration system.

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