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Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Contesting White Supremacy

School Segregation, Anti-Racism, and the Making of Chinese Canadians

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Contesting White Supremacy

School Segregation, Anti-Racism, and the Making of Chinese Canadians

In 1922-23, Chinese students in Victoria, British Columbia, went on strike to protest a school board’s attempt to impose segregation. Their resistance was unexpected and runs against the grain of mainstream accounts of Asian exclusion, which tend to ignore the agency of the excluded. In Contesting White Supremacy, Timothy Stanley combines Chinese sources and perspectives with an innovative theory of racism and anti-racism to explain the strike and construct an alternative reading of racism in British Columbia. His work demonstrates that education was an arena in which white supremacy confronted Chinese nationalist schooling and where parents and students contested racism by constructing a new category – Chinese Canadian – to define their identity.

344 pages


Table of Contents

Introduction: Questioning the Existence of the World

1 The 1922-23 Students’ Strike

Part 1: Racism

2 Anti-Chinese Racism and the Colonial Project of British Columbia

3 Racializing ‘the Chinese,’ Racializing ‘the Canadian’

4 Schooling and the Organization of Racist State Formation

5 The Chinese Archipelago in Canada and the Consequences of Racialized Exclusion

Part 2: Anti-Racism

6 Resisting Racialization and the Invention of Chinese Canadians

7 Making Inclusions and Chinese Nationalist State Formation in Canada

8 Mitigating Racism through Chinese Nationalist Schooling

9 Anti-Essentialist Anti-Racisms and the Resistances of Odd Places

Conclusion: Anti-Racism, History, and the Significance of Chinese Canadians

Appendix

Notes

Select Bibliography

Index

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