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Chinese Islanders: Making a Home in the New…

Chinese Islanders: Making a Home in the New World (The Island Studies…

by Hung-Min Chiang

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This is a history of Chinese immigrants to Prince Edward Island. There isn't a lot of information out there and there weren't very many immigrants, so the author not only looks at the history, including laws and politics in all of Canada and how that impacted the Chinese immigrants, but he is also able to look more closely at a few specific people and families.

I found this interesting. The entire history is interesting (from increasing head taxes to exclusion laws), as are the lives of the immigrants, most of whom – at least in the early days and up to much more recently – ran laundries and restaurants. ( )
  LibraryCin | Mar 11, 2014 |
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Over the past century, Chinese immigrants to Prince Edward Island and their descendents have suffered racism and poverty, but they are proud today to be recognized as true islanders. From the arrival of the first Chinese immigrants in the late nineteenth century to the blossoming of a vibrant community in the twenty-first, Hung-Min Chiang describes how the Chinese of Prince Edward Island have adapted to world events and shifts in immigration law. He discusses the effects of the infamous "head tax" as well as the more severe Chinese Immigration Act (known to those affected as the "Chinese Expulsion Act"). He also includes family histories of prominent early immigrants, highlighting the trials and the extraordinary achievements of one of the Island's smallest ethnic group.

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