Aron Brown

Hello! I am a student at the University of British Columbia doing my bachelors degree in education.  My background is in history, with a focus on colonial Canadian, and early 20th century history.


Chinese Canadians in pre and interwar British Columbia

Chinese Canadians in pre and interwar British Columbia

Images and text shed light on Chinese narratives of the late 19th century in British Columbia up till the Chinese Immigration Act of 1923.  Through analyzing these sources we aim to recognize the historical context in which these events and prejudices took place, and begin an informed conversation on how they affect the present.

Complicating The Home Front

Complicating The Home Front

Visual and textual resources help bring to light the experiences of German Canadians in British Columbia during the Great War.  Violence and Discrimination played off of major world events and propaganda, as people of German ancestry within British Columbia faced prejudice for events that took place a world away.


Chinese Historical Wrongs Consultation
This document gives a comprehensive report on the historical wrongs against Chinese Canadians, the apology given by Stephen Harper in 2006 for the Chinese Head Tax, and Chinese Exclusion Act, and recommendations for reparations.

Certificate of release from internment camp
Addressed to Nykolay Andrusiak, a subject of Austria, is a certificate of release from an internment camp at Vernon, B.C.  As we can see in the conditions of discharge, Nykolay's conditions reflect many of the sections of the War Measures Act of 1914.
Taken from Library and Archives Canada. MIKAN no. 1604479

Internment camp at Morrissey, B.C.
Internment camp at Morrissey B.C. during WW1 for Germanic and Austro-Hungarian people.  How does this image contrast the other two images of internment camps in Vernon?  What might you be able to tell about living conditions from the photo?

Children at an internment camp, Vernon, B.C.
Men, Women, and children were interned at many of these camps during WW1.  Here we have an image of two children at an internment camp in Vernon, B.C.  On the photograph is written "Some happy camp children."  Who might be taking the photo? Could the photo be staged?

Internment camp, Vernon, B.C.
In the image we see a profile of an internment camp in Vernon, B.C. during WW1 for Germanic and Austro-Hungarian prisoners of war.  These camps were set up as a way of dealing with "enemy aliens" who were thought as posing a danger to Canada through espionage and sabotage.

Rioters pictured outside the Kaiserhof Hotel
This photo captures a large subset of demonstrators who engaged in the anti-German riots on German owned businesses following the sinking of the SS Lusitania.  The demonstrators are pictured outside the Kaiserhof Hotel on May 8th, 1915. 

Damaged store due to Anti-Asian riot of 1907
V. Kawasaki Bros store on 202 Westminster Ave. Vancouver. The store received damage from the Asiatic Exclusion League during the Anti-Asian riot of 1907.  What was the intended purpose of the damage?

Petition to amend the Chinese Immigration Act
A petition drawn up by Chinese residents of Victoria, BC asking for an amendment to the Chinese Immigrant Act.  What changes are they proposing?  What would this amendment do?  Who would it affect?  Why might these residents be asking for this amendment?
Taken from Library and Archives Canada. MIKAN no. 1600681

The Chinese Immigration Act of 1885
With the creation of the Chinese Immigration Act of 1885 a head tax of 50 dollars was placed on all Chinese immigrants coming to Canada.  The head tax was subsequently raised in 1900 and again in 1903 to the cost of 500 dollars.  

Racist anti-Chinese cartoon, 1879.
The caption reads "A Heathen Chinese in British Columbia."  This is a cartoon from the Canadian Illustrated News, 1879.  How is the white male depicted compared to the Chinese male? What might their faces tell us about their character?  What is the significance of the sign in the top right corner?  What might this cartoon tell us about the author?

Damage to the German club after the sinking of the SS Lusitania
Along with the German consulate, the German club above the Dominion Express office was vandalized after the sinking of the SS Lusitania by a German U-Boat.  The SS Lusitania had a high proportion of British and Canadian passengers when it sank, and was carrying war munitions on board as well.

The War Measures Act
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Enacted in August 1914, the War Measures Act allowed the Canadian government to suspend and restrain civil autonomy to those who were perceived a threat during times of war.  This included "enemy aliens," many of which were of German and Ukrainian ancestry.  

Anti German Propaganda
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"Once a German - Always a German!" An anti German propaganda poster created by the United Kingdom in January of 1918.  The poster draws upon anti German sentiment, and wartime German stereotypes to encourage citizens not to buy German goods or hire German workers.

The poster was taken from the "Canadian Museum of History." Source
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