The Bank of Canada removed an “Asian-looking” woman from the designs for new polymor $100 bills after focus groups complained.
The bills were brought into circulation last year but the strange decision was only revealed after Canadian Press news agency obtained a copy of 2009 report commissioned by the bank.
“Some have concerns that the researcher appears to be Asian”, the report read, referring to the fact that the bill show a woman scientist peering into a microscope. “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.”
While the woman originally featured on the $100 bill wasn’t intended to be “Asian-looking”, the Bank of Canada decided to change her to “neutral” look that did not indicate any ethnic group (the new image is below):
We’re very curious to see what the original looked like.
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