Early Chinese Canadian Experiences in British Columbia
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Guangzhou to British Columbia
The connections between China and British Columbia go back centuries, all the way to the gold rush in 1858 which enticed thousands of Chinese to seek their fortune in this province. Now a remarkable photography exhibition marking that time is being unveiled. From This Week in History Season 4 Episode 7.
This rare footage shows excerpts from a Chinese opera performance at a theatre in Vancouver’s Chinatown.
Intricate makeup and costumes, choreographed movements, and elaborate sets in a Chinese Opera transport the audience to a fantastical world removed from everyday life, but still grounded in the values of Chinese society.
Credit: BCA AAAA1119, Oscar C. Burritt, Vancouver, BC, 1944-02-08
A Letter from Chinatown
Between 1911 and 1949, China went through dramatic change. Political activist Dr. Sun Yat-sen wanted to build a republic that provided equal rights for all. Watch this video to learn about a link between Victoria's Chinese community and an important point in China's modern history.
Credit: RBCM Originally aired March 2, 2013
Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year celebration in Victoria's Chinatown is traced back to the turn of the 20th century, to a bustling store and a founding Vancouver Island family.