When I was young, I found my father's Chinese Immigration certificate in his desk. I was confused: I knew he was born in Vancouver, BC, Canada, but the document said Department of Immigration and Colonization. Was he an immigrant? Why was he an immigrant? For pity's sake, my grandfather was born in Vancouver too. If… Continue reading Do you have a Chinese Immigration certificate?
In this blog, I explore the finding aids for Chinese Immigration Act Case files at Library and Archives Canada
Ancestry Canada invited me to give a webinar on Chinese genealogy on April 21, 2020 on Facebook Live. For those who may have missed it, or for those who had trouble accessing the site, here you are. I can't think of a better way to kick off Asian Heritage Month. In this webinar, you will… Continue reading Webinar: Exploring Chinese genealogy on Ancestry
In this post I explore one Chinese Exclusion Act Case file to bring you the story of Aileen Cumyow, a Canadian Chinese woman who aspired to be an actress in the 20s and 30s.
What's available for Chinese genealogy on Ancestry? I look at the records and show you how to navigate them.
BC looks at its racist past and decides to say sorry. Vancouver does too.
Everything you were afraid to ask about the federal laws concerning voting and immigration for the Chinese in Canada, in the time it takes to drink a cup of coffee.
After WWII, the Chinese gained the franchise, but waited two decades to be reunited with their families. Why?
Chinese Canadians enlist in WWII, hoping to prove themselves worthy of civil rights, but find not much has changed after the war.
This is Part II of An uncertain homecoming.
Introduction Like all (Chinese) Canadians, I have been given a gift of priceless value: the gift of civil rights. I have not worked for this gift. I doubt I’ve earned it. Worst of all, I haven’t known who to thank for it, nor how much it cost. I’ve just taken it all for granted – […]