Anderson, Kay J.. Vancouver's Chinatown: racial discourse in Canada, 1875-1980

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Chapter One Race, Place, And The Power Of Definition

Race As A Biological Notion

Race As A Social Construct

Race And Culture

Race Definition: “chinese” As A Western Representation

Racial Ideology And The State: Linking Micro -- And Macro -- Analysis

The Concept Of Cultural Hegemony

The Geographical Articulation Of Racial Ideology: Chinatown In Western Image And Practice

Chapter Two Creating Outsiders, 1875-1903

Pioneers From China

The Race Idea In Brief Review

Victoria Formalizes Outsider Status

The View From Ottawa

The Geography Of Race In Vancouver


Chapter Three Constructing Race Through Place And Practice, 1886-1920

The Settlement At Dupont Street

“chinatown” As A European Concept

“celestial Cesspoll”: Sanitary Dimensions

Vice-town: Moral Dimensions


Chapter Four Marginalizing Chinatown, 1920-1935

The Idea Of “race Hygiene”

Race And Provincial Legislation

Civic Strategies

“snow - Parties” In Chinatown

Ottawa: The Head Tax And Exclusion

The Pender Street Soup Kitchen

Chapter Five New Allies, New Perceptions, 1935-1949

Update On Chinatown

Labour, The Ccf, And A Spirit Of Solidarity

“east Meets West”: Chinatown As Civic Spectacle, 1936

Sparing White Women, 1936-37

Wilson's Vendetta

Dismantling The Racial Hierarchy In The 1940s


Chapter Six “slum Clearance,” 1950-1969

Ending Statutory “race”

Post-war Urban Surgery

A “blighted Area”

Stage One

Stage Two

Fighting The Freeway


Chapter Seven Chinatown Re-oriented, 1970-1980

Immigration Policy And Consolidation Of A “chinese” Territory

The Mosaic Ideology

Civic And Provincial Initiatives

The Chinese Cultural Centre And Garden

Bonham's Barbecued Meats

The Enduring Concept Of Race In Canada


Chapter Eight The End Of A Fiction?

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Title: Vancouver's Chinatown: racial discourse in Canada, 1875-1980

Published By: Montreal, Québec: McGill-Queen's Press, 1991. x, 323 p.: ill., maps

By line: Kay J. Anderson

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 1995. Computer File

Culture: Chinese Canadians (NC04)

Subjects: External migration (167); History and culture change (170); Settlements (360); Mercantile business (441); Labor (460); Ethnic stratification (563); Illegal entertainment (548); Citizenship (641); Taxation and public income (651); Government regulation (656); Elections (666);

Abstract: This is a systematic analysis of the relationships between Vancouver's Chinese and European communities from the late 1880s to about 1980. The data focus on immigration policies of the Canadian government and the numerous forms of discrimination to which the Chinese immigrants were subjected from their earliest settlements in Vancouver to ca. 1980. Chapter 1 presents a general exposition of the idea of 'race', while Chapters 2-7, arranged in chronological order from 1875 to 1980, deal with the development of the racial category 'Chinese', by the Canadian government, the concept of Chinatown as viewed through the European imagination, the exploitation of the race idea in British Columbia and its implications for government practices, urban renewal and revitalization of the Chinatown area, and the development of radically new forms of neighborhood targeting that took place in the 1970s.

Document Number: 4

Document ID: nc04-004

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. [293]-310) and index

Field Date: no date

Evaluation: Geographer-4

Analyst: John Beierle, 1994

Coverage Date: variable, 1875-1980

Coverage Place: Vancouver, B.C., Canada

LCSH: Chinese Canadians


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