A White Man's Province: British Columbia Politicians and Chinese and Japanese Immigrants, 1858-1914 (Collection Papiers Colles)

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"We are not strong enough to assimilate races so alien from us in their habits ... We are afraid they will swamp our civilization as such. " -- Nanaimo Free Press, 1914

A White Man's Province examines how British Columbians changed their attitudes towards Asian immigrants from one of toleration in colonial times to vigorous hostility by the turn of the century and describes how politicians responded to popular cries to halt Asian immigration and restrict Asian activities in the province.

White workingmen objected to Asian sojourning habits, to their low living standards and wages, and to their competition for jobs in specific industries. Because employers and politicians initially supported Asian immigrants, early manifestations of antipathy often appeared just as another dispute between capital and labour. But as their number increased, complaints about Asians became widespread, and racial characteristics became the nucleus of such terms as a 'white man's province' -- a 'catch phrase' which, as Roy notes, 'covered a wide variety of fears and transcended particular economic interests.' The Chinese were the chief targets of hostility in the nineteenth century; by the twentieth, the Japanese, more economically ambitious and backed by a powerful mother country, appeared more threatening.

After Asian disenfranchisement in the 1870s, provincial politicians, freed from worry about the Asian vote, fueled and exploited public prejudices. The Asian question also became a rallying cry for provincial rights when Ottawa disallowed anti-Asian legislation. Although federal leaders such as John A. Macdonald and Wilfrid Laurier shared a desire to keep Canada a 'white man's country, ' they followed a policy of restraint in view of imperial concerns.

The belief that whites should be superior, as Roy points out, was then common throughout the Western world. Many of the arguments used in British Columbia were influenced by anti-Asian sentiments and legislation emanating from California, and from Australia and other British colonies.

Drawing on almost every newspaper and magazine report published in the province before 1914, and on government records and private manuscripts, Roy has produced a revealing historical account of the complex basis of racism in British Columbia and of the contribution made to the province in these early years by its Chinese and Japanese residents.

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Patricia E. Roy is a professor in the Department of History, University of Victoria. She is the author of Vancouver: An Illustrated History and The Oriental Question: Consolidating a White Man's Province, 1914-41.

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History, by definition, is supposed to elucidate and illuminate the lessons of the past. The best history brings the past alive, allowing the people who lived to speak once again, to tell their story to a (presumably) more enlightened age. "A White Man's Province" is good history. What we learn from it is up to us..--Margaret Cannon "Globe and Mail "

Roy's solid well-researched book helps us understand the response of British Columbia's politicians to Chinese and Japanese immigration.--Gunther Barth "Pacific Northwest Quarterly "

An essential (read) for anybody concerned to understand Canadian history between Confederation and World War I.--J.M. Bumsted "The Beaver "

Roy has succeeded in creating a[n] easy-to-read narrative that brings to life various players on the historical stage. This first volume is a must read for anybody who has an interest in Asian Canadian history..--Jim Wong-Chu "Ricepaper "

History, by definition, is supposed to elucidate and illuminate the lessons of the past. The best history brings the past alive, allowing the people who lived to speak once again, to tell their story to a (presumably) more enlightened age. A White Man's Province is good history. What we learn from it is up to us..

--Margaret Cannon "Globe and Mail "

Roy's solid well-researched book helps us understand the response of British Columbia's politicians to Chinese and Japanese immigration.

--Gunther Barth "Pacific Northwest Quarterly "

An essential (read) for anybody concerned to understand Canadian history between Confederation and World War I.

--J.M. Bumsted "The Beaver "

Roy has succeeded in creating a[n] easy-to-read narrative that brings to life various players on the historical stage. This first volume is a must read for anybody who has an interest in Asian Canadian history..

--Jim Wong-Chu "Ricepaper "

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