Across Cultures

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Watch 60 films, 170 excerpts and over 80 archival artefacts selected by NFB specialists as part of this unique project.

Bamboo, Lions and Dragons

Bamboo, Lions and Dragons
1981, director: Richard Patton

Excerpt (1:48)

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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.