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Beyond Gold Mountain: Canadians of Chinese Descent
Oppressed, poor and starving, thousands of Chinese people left their country in the mid-1800s. Many came to Canada hoping to solve their misfortunes. Few did. Instead, Chinese immigrants faced hardship and racism.
The reward they got for helping build Canada’s transcontinental railway was a series of discriminatory laws and head taxes, and eventually the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1923. One hundred years later, these once unwanted non-citizens have struggled to survive and eventually thrive, from those who established restaurants all over Canada to hockey heroes.
Discover these little-known stories and more in the September Kayak.
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