Portrait of Chinese men and women, Vancouver
Labourers on a railroad handcar.
Canton alley, Chinatown, Vancouver BC
Stacking coal for shipment to Alaska
Chinese-Canadian communities in British Columbia have a long and rich history, dating back to the 1858 Fraser Valley gold rush. It is a history punctuated with racial tension, struggles for equality, and cultural traditions.
Click on the headings in the left-hand navigation bar to read stories and view photographs of the earliest generations of Chinese-Canadians, from 1850-1950. Illustrated throughout with quotations from the works of Chinese-Canadian author Wayson Choy, this website will also link you to the digitized holdings of the Wallace B. Chung and Madeline H. Chung Collection at the UBC Library, and the Yip family and Yip Sang Ltd. fonds at City of Vancouver Archives.
The collections can also be browsed by subjects listed in the “Search the collections” box on the right hand side of each page, or searched using keywords in the search box. Tips for searching the collection are here.