I’m Central Asian and Central Asians only arrived in the west after the fall of the Soviet Union. Growing up, I was explicitly told we shouldn’t talk about racism outside of our community because we’d come off ungrateful to Canada or that we were being ungrateful since many Central Asians came to the west as refugees.
We also just don’t know how to talk about racism in the west. Many older people are very comfortable talking about racism in Central Asia but aren’t really sure how to talk about racism in Canada and so younger people don’t learn how to talk about the racism they experience. Sometimes you’ll hear people recount racism as an annoying experience.