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The Triumph of Citizenship

The Japanese and Chinese in Canada, 1941-67

Patricia E. Roy is the winner of the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award, Canadian Historical Association.

Patricia E. Roy examines the climax of antipathy to Asians in Canada: the removal of all Japanese Canadians from the BC coast in 1942. Canada ignored the rights of Japanese Canadians and placed strict limits on Chinese immigration. In response, Japanese Canadians and their supporters in the human rights movement managed to halt “repatriation” to Japan, and Chinese Canadians successfully lobbied for the same rights as other Canadians to sponsor immigrants. The final triumph of citizenship came in 1967, when immigration regulations were overhauled and the last remnants of discrimination removed.

400 pages

Table of Contents


1 A Civil Necessity: The Decision to Evacuate

2 Adverse Sentiments beyond the Coast

3 “Repatriation” to Japan and “Non-Repatriation” to British Columbia

4 The Effects of the War on the Chinese

5 Toward First-Class Citizenship for Japanese Canadians, 1945-4

6 Beyond Enfranchisement: Seeking Full Justice for Japanese Canadians

7 Ending Chinese Exclusion: Immigration Policy, 1950-67





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