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Chinese-Canadian Museum showcases unique cultures of migrant ancestors

January 4, 2021

At a time when the Covid-19 pandemic has fuelled anti-Asian racism and violence around the world, a new exhibition in Vancouver aims to shine a light on the accomplishments – and hardships – of its Chinese-Canadian migrants.

The new exhibition – “A Seat to the Table: Chinese Immigration and British Columbia” – in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown district celebrates the achievements, bravery and determination of thousands of Chinese immigrants who have been arriving in Vancouver for more than 170 years.

Starting in the mid-1800s, villagers – generally from the southern provinces – traveled by ship across the Pacific looking for work building the Canadian Pacific Railway or trying their luck mining for gold.