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A White Man’s Province

British Columbia Politicians and Chinese and Japanese Immigrants 1858-1914

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

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.

345 pages

Table of Contents




1 The Colonial Sojourners, 1858-1871

2 “A World of Their Own”: Morality, Law, and Public Health, 1871-1914

3 Confederation, the Chinese, and the Canadian Pacific Railway, 1871-1885

4 Checking Chinese and Japanese Competition, 1886-1896

5 The Politics of Restricting Immigration, 1896-1902

6 Checking Competition within British Columbia, 1896-1902

7 The Lull before the Storm, 1903-1907

8 The Vancouver Riot and Its Consequences, 1907-1908

9 Making a White Man’s Country, 1908-1914




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