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White Canada Forever - Popular Attitudes and Public Policy Toward Orientals in British Columbia

Ward, Peter

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ISBN 10: 0773508244 / ISBN 13: 9780773508248
Published by McGill-Queen's University Press
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Title: White Canada Forever - Popular Attitudes and...

Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press

Binding: Soft cover

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Ward draws upon a rich record of events and opinion in the provincial press, manuscript collections, and successive federal enquiries and royal commissions on Asian immigration. He locates the origins of west coast racism in the frustrated vision of a white British Columbia and an unshakeable belief in the unassimilability of the Asian immigrant. Canadian attitudes were dominated by a series of interlocking, hostile stereotypes derived from western perceptions of Asia and modified by the encounter between whites and Asians on the north Pacific coast. Public pressure on local, provincial, and federal governments led to discriminatory policies in the field of immigration and employment, and culminated in the forced relocation of west coast Japanese residents during World War II.

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"Well written ... carefully traces the rise of racist attitudes and practices in British Columbia ... a notable contribution to Canadian history in particular and our understanding of race relations in general." Pacific Affairs

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