Across Cultures

Canada: A welcoming land?

About this theme

This theme explores the history of immigration to Canada and the policies that shaped the country.

Bamboo, Lions and Dragons

Bamboo, Lions and Dragons
1981, director: Richard Patton

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Many Chinese people immigrated to Canada during the nineteenth century to escape famine and anarchy. By 1900, despite the productivity of Chinese labour and business, many whites saw a threat to economic stability and racial purity. The 1923 Exclusion Act put a near total stop to Chinese immigration until 1947. Archival photos show Chinese workers and communities of the era.