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Chinese and Japanese Racism 1930

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Transcript of Chinese and Japanese Racism 1930

Chinese and Japanese Racism
Chinese Immigration Act, 1885
-Chinese immigrants must pay a $50 head tax to enter Canada
- In 1903, the head tax was raised to $500
Chinese Exclusion Repeal Act

- Permitted Chinese immigration since the Chinese Immigration Act of 1885
- Allowed immigrants to become citizens in America for the first time since 1790
The Chinese' Reason for Coming
- Gold Rush, 1858, British Columbia
- Canadian Pacific Railway, 1881-1885,
- Over 15000 Chinese came over from China to Canada
- About 6500 were employed by the CPR
Stereotypes
1) Asians are identical; all look the same to Western people
2) Asians are maths brainiacs
3) Asian parents talk for far too long when they meet other Asian parents
4) Asian parents love to compare their children against other children
5) Asians have some sort of kung fu power
6) Old Asians get together and learn tai chi
Charlie Chan:
Charlie Chan is a major stereotypical character from one of the first sound films in the 1920's. Charlie Chan portrays all asian stereotypes.
Warner Oland as Charlie Chan
Asian Stereotypes
References
- http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=8993

- http://www.rockyrailwayhigh.com/chineseexlusionact.html

- http://arabella-octavius.deviantart.com/journal/Ultimate-List-of-Asian-Stereotypes-218827341

- http://www.ccn.ca/redress/history.html

- http://www.japanesecanadianhistory.net
Japanese
- first Japanese came to Canada in 1877
- 1895, a legislation was made to limit political power and job opportunities for immigrants
- Canadians published newspapers that hinted or labeled Japanese-Canadians as fifth columnist or secret spies

Evacuating the Japanese
- The Prime Minister moved the Japanese to "protective areas"
- Men, women and children were sent to work at internment camps
- Over 22,000 japanese were taken to those camps
- Not good living conditions: no electricity, running water
- Prime Minister gave two offers:
1. Be removed out of BC
2. Move back to Japan
- 4000 moved out of Canada
By: Becky and Sydney
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