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The Backstory to Exclusion: A conversation between curator Catherine Clement and Dr. Henry Yu, UBC History
June 26 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Want to understand the backstory to the 1923 Chinese Exclusion Act?
The long-awaited exhibition “The Paper Trail to the 1923 Chinese Exclusion Act,” will open July 1 marking the 100th anniversary of this dark but largely forgotten period in Canadian history. This national exhibition will be an unflinching and revealing look at the quarter-century of exclusion (1923-1947).
But what led Canada to design such a drastic and unprecedented law? Why were Chinese singled out from all other migrant groups, including other Asians? How did circumstances, world events and the U.S. shape the thinking of Canadian lawmakers? What propelled these ideas to grow, and how did other Canadians react? Finally, why did exclusion create such an enormous paper trail?