Landscapes of Injustice
Look closer. Examine images related to this subject. Click an image to enlarge and see captions.
Some of these images can also be viewed on the BC Archives website. Here you may find more context for the image and any original captions and descriptions. Click on the archives website link then search for the photograph’s catalogue number. Remember to put image numbers within quotation marks. For example, “B-08868”.
The Early Years
Some of the original archival captions in this gallery included the term ‘oriental’. Oriental literally means “of the east”, but it has long been used as a derogatory and racist term for anyone of Asian descent, lumping together people of diverse backgrounds and cultures into one imperialist, colonialist category. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, government organizations used this term as part of a system of legalized discrimination.