Beyond Gold Mountain: Canadians of Chinese Descent

See what’s in the September 2023 issue of Kayak: Canada’s History Magazine for Kids.
Posted August 17, 2023
Cover of the September 2023 issue of Kayak.

Oppressed, poor and starving, thousands of Chinese people left their country in the mid-1800s. Many came to Canada hoping to solve their misfortunes. Few did. Instead, Chinese immigrants faced hardship and racism

The reward they got for helping build Canada’s transcontinental railway was a series of discriminatory laws and head taxes, and eventually the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1923. One hundred years later, these once unwanted non-citizens have struggled to survive and eventually thrive, from those who established restaurants all over Canada to hockey heroes

Meet the Victoria residents who refused to be segregated into Chinese-only schools, a Chinese-Indigenous couple based on real people, and the guest co-editor for this special issue, Debbie Jiang

Discover these little-known stories and more in the September Kayak.

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