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Historical Researchers

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Other useful resources for researchers:

Searchable Chinese Head Tax Database

Chinese Head Tax Graphic Visualizations

華工書信: Research Diaries by Joanne Poon (Chinese Canadian Stories Researcher) 

The Chinese letters are part of the Yip Sang family papers in the City of Vancouver Archives.  Addressed to different individuals, the letters were sent to the Wing Sang Company in Vancouver’s Chinatown.  Some letters were shipped from China via the company’s transpacific business network.  Others were mailed from cities in Canada and the United States.

The featured letters here were written between 1902 and 1903 when the Chinese Head Tax was raised from $100 to $500 per person.  The letters serve as a window to study the lives of Chinese pioneers in Gold Mountain at the turn of the century. In Research Diaries, follow the work of Joanne Poon as she translates Toishanese* letters and uncovers stories about Gold Mountain with the gracious help of community members.

* Toishanese people are from the Toishan district of Four Counties in Guangdong, China and made up much of the Chinese population in Canada’s early years.

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    July 25, 2013 -                                                                 ...
  • 華工書信 ﹝續二﹞ 作者:潘美珠
    April 23, 2013 - ...
  • 華工書信 ﹝續一﹞ 作者:潘美珠
    February 4, 2013 -         『加華紀事』意謂紀錄加拿大的華人和華裔的在這塊土地上的故事。但故事是怎樣開始?故事的主角是誰?他們有什麼經歷?這些問題一一引發了我研究華工書信的興趣。     ...
  • 華工書信
    December 7, 2012 -  作者:潘美珠       收藏於葉氏家族檔案中的華工書信大多是寫於二十世紀初,這些信都是由中國、美國和加拿大其他城市寄到位於溫哥華華埠的永生行。       1888年,葉生﹝又名...
  • Chinese Times (大漢公報)
    June 4, 2012 - The search engine of Chinese Times 〈大漢公報〉has greatly been improved and has become more user friendly.  Before, the search engine did not accept search by date.  Even the search for individuals or companies was quite difficult.  Lately...

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