Chinese Canadians in pre and interwar British Columbiaby Aron Brown
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.
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?
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.
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
Damage to the boarding houses of T. Kato and H. Hayashi on Powell st. Vancouver. The damage was caused by the Asiatic Exclusion League during the 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?
A Royal commission was initiated to investigate into the losses of the Chinese population of Vancouver from the anti-Asian riots of 1907. The document discusses the losses sustained, details of the investigation, and the amounts allowed for individual losses.
Stephen Harper acknowledges the discrimination against Chinese Canadians by the Canadian government regarding the Chinese Head Tax, and the Chinese Exclusion Act.
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.