Chinese Head Tax: NCCC Director Openly Reprimands NCCC for Mishandling Head Tax Issue


Chinese Head Tax:
NCCC
Director Openly Reprimands NCCC for Mishandling Head Tax Issue



The
following article appeared on November 19, in Ming Pao, under a

photograph
of Tsai Fung Chan Lee, Har Ying Lee, and Jie Jun Zhang Yan.

NCCC
Director Openly Reprimands NCCC for Mishandling Head Tax Issue

NCCC
director Tsai Fung Chan Lee went public in her opposition to NCCC,
openly
criticizing NCCC's approach, and urged its executive chairman Ping Tan
and
the federal government to reconsider their approach to the Head Tax issue.

Tsai
Fung Chan Lee is also the chairwoman of the Association for

Promoting
 Chinese-Canadian Friendship (Zhong Jia
Lian Yi Hui). She stated
yesterday
that for many years NCCC has done a good job promoting friendship between
China
and Canada.  However, it has handled the
Head Tax issue in inappropriate

ways.

She
states that it was the Head Tax payers who actually paid, if the

government
is to redress the Head Tax issue in anyway, the money should go to the
payers
and their families. It should be up to the payers and their families to
decide
whether to donate the money to the community or to keep the money. It
should
be their choice.

Mrs.
Lee said, her own father-in-law and elder brother-in-law had been

Head
Tax payers. When her father-in-law could not afford to pay any more Head
Tax,
his wife was forced to stay in China to look after two sons, and for forty
years
led a widow's existence with a living husband. It was clearly a tragic
story
of tears and hurt.

Mrs.
Lee clearly states that she is going public and speaking up in the
hope
that Ping Tan, NCCC, and the federal government would do some clear
thinking,
and reconsider the way the Head Tax issue is being handled.

Also,
Jie Jun Zhang Yan, founder of the Association of Guangzhou High
School
Alumni In Canada, states that she is puzzled by the federal
government's
attitude towards Canadians of Chinese descent. She cannot understand
why
compensation cannot go to the victims - the Head Tax payers. She
appeals
for the government to appoint a government spokesperson to explain the
government
stand.

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