Chinese nationals living in Trinidad and Tobago have taken to social media to express their dissatisfaction over what they say were racist statements made against them
This as a video surfaced on Facebook last week showing what appeared to be two men, believed to be of Chinese descent, preparing a dog to be cooked.
Comments, which appear to be discriminatory, have subsequently been made about the act by many.
Those statements have led citizens of Chinese descent to feel discriminated against.
Lily Kwok was the first to post a picture of herself on Facebook with a poster stating: "I will not go back to China. I am Trinidadian." She also invited any and everyone to join her in taking a photo to send a positive or constructive message on social media to combat ignorance, xenophobia, intolerance and racism.
She said people should: "Fight ignorance. Proclaim your humanity. Spread love."
In the first 24 hours since posting her message on social media, it received over 737 shares.
She told C News: "As a result of that video, there was an onslaught of racist comments, xenophobic comments, very broad, generalised comments about the entire Chinese community, Chinese Trinidadian community in Trinidad. People were asking for Chinese people to leave the country on a whole, asking the Government to refuse entry to Chinese people, tell us to go back with their nasty ways. All the horrible things you could think of, it was said."
Jenny Lin Huddler later posted a picture of herself, with the message: "I will not go back to China nor will my ancestors."
She went one step further by lashing out at the Minister of Health over what she said was: "An isolated event and a Minister's irresponsible, uneducated insinuation that Dog meat is butchered, sold, substituted and consumed in Chinese restaurants not even truth; has led to a ridiculous amount of comments/posts with much hatred."
She said: "The Chinese have contributed to Trinidad & Tobago since they landed over 200 years ago and continue to do so in their minor numbers whether here ages ago or newly arrived. What have you done for T&T? Anyone who wants to join me and the original poster (Lily Kwok) in the campaign sending out positive/constructive messages on social media to combat ignorance, xenophobia, intolerance and racism take a selfie."
Her picture has since got over 185 shares and positive responses.
Ms. Kwok wants Dr. Khan to apologise for his statements and for all politicians to be more responsible when making public comments.
"Politicians need to take responsibility and be careful for what they say on national news. Someone told me that Dr. Khan is just a human with opinions, but I don't see it in that light per se. He is a Minister. He is the Ministry of Health so people are going to take what he says much more seriously than maybe the average person on the street who does not hold a high position. So they need to be careful."
Minister Khan is reported to be out of the country. Calls to his cell phone went answered.