Richmond (British Columbia)

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Richmond is a riverine city to the south of Vancouver in the Lower Mainland. Comprising several islands, the city is protected by a system of dikes from the Fraser River's occasional flooding. Richmond has the country's largest Asian-Canadian population by percentage, many Cantonese speaking; over 60% of the population is non-white.
Richmond is mainly composed of four main islands: Lulu Island (Richmond proper), Sea Island (Vancouver International Airport (YVR)), Mitchell Island (industrial) and Iona Island (parks and city maintenance).
Steveston, historically a fishing village and now a tourist and shopping district, is located at the southwestern tip.
The character of Richmond has changed dramatically over the last 25 years. It was previously primarily a farming community with a large fishing village. It has become a center of new immigrants, mostly from Asia, especially Hong Kong. There are now a number of residential high rise towers and Hong Kong style shopping malls, e.g., Aberdeen.

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