Chinese Discrimination

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Chinese Discrimination

A dream of instant wealth brought us to Canada. Gold Mountain held our fate of either becoming rich, or never seeing our families again. We prevailed, even though the odds were so dull. By the time the whites started the CPR, we were called by all of the job openings that were available. Although, little did we know that the decisions made were the beginning of our downfall.

The Aftermath

1923-1947-Chinese Immigration Act1872 - British Columbia Voters Act1878 - Municipal Act1883 - Head Tax raised to $10002006- Government pays Compensation

By the time the CPR was finished, we were out of jobs. Not only were we out of money, but we could not see our families again. By this time there was over 20 000 Chinese workers in Canada. An increasing number of workers forced the government to implement the Head Tax.

Our Lives

We were barely living. Our days were filled with long hours of work, with very poor living conditions. Nearly every mile of track claimed the lives of our bretheren.


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The beginning of the End

The Lasting Impact


Chinese Discrimination

A fee of $500 dollars was necessary to pay, for a Chinese immigrant to travel to Canada. Under the Exclusion Act, the Chinese were imprisoned if the fee was not paid. Several years later, Prime Minister Stephen Harper apologized for the injustice and offerred a $ 20 000 dollar compensation to only 30 people. The Exclusion Act was abolished in 1947, and immigrants were able to travel freely. Today, 'China Towns' are massively expanding. As a result of all this, there is quite a bit of tension left between the North Americans and the Chinese.


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