Gordon Lightfoot - 'Canadian Railroad Trilogy' - This song describes the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway. It was commissioned by the CBC for a special broadcast on January 1, 1967, to start Canada's Centennial year.

SONG OF DAY.Gordon Lightfoot - 'Canadian Railroad Trilogy' - This song describes the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway. It was commissioned by the CBC for a special broadcast on January to start Canada's Centennial year.

Chinese Immigrants Gold Rush | ... One of the Greatest Immigration Fraud Schemes in History - Neatorama

The Torn Identity: How an Earthquake Spawned One of the Greatest Immigration Fraud Schemes in History

Chinese railway workers in the Century laying track: Chinese Workers, Immigration Railway

Chinese contributions to Transcontinental Railroad... TONS of primary source images!

"Chinese Railroad Worker at Tunnel No. Chinese-American Contribution to Transcontinenal Railroad

chinese transcontinental railroad workers | Chinese laborers working on the transcontinental railroad in hot and ...

chinese transcontinental railroad workers | Chinese laborers working on the transcontinental railroad in hot and ...

Mass grave of Chinese railroad workers near Penwell

Mass grave of Chinese railroad workers near Penwell, Texas

1886: Chinese camp, Kamloops, British Columbia - In the late 19th century, many Chinese migrant workers came to the "Golden Mountain" (as they called North America) to work on the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Wages were low, conditions were harsh, and discrimination was rife - they were hired simply because they were cheap, expendable labour - but for many, even that was wealth compared to what they had back home.

1886: Chinese camp, Kamloops, British Columbia - In the late 19th century, many Chinese migrant workers came to the "Golden Mountain" (as they called North America) to work on the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Wages were low, conditions were harsh, and discrimination was rife - they were hired simply because they were cheap, expendable labour - but for many, even that was wealth compared to what they had back home.

Circa 1880 (Date Unknown). British Columbia, Canada. Appoximately 10 Chinese workers and a horse working on building the Candian Pacific Railway. To help speed up the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway, Chinese workers were imported to work in the railroad, doing the more dangerous work such as blasting rocks with explosives. They were also paid a lot less than the white workers. -Richard

Circa 1880 (Date Unknown). British Columbia, Canada. Appoximately 10 Chinese workers and a horse working on building the Candian Pacific Railway. To help speed up the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway, Chinese workers were imported to work in the railroad, doing the more dangerous work such as blasting rocks with explosives. They were also paid a lot less than the white workers. -Richard

After the railway was finished being built the Chinese men had to pay a head tax.

Canadian society became more hostile towards immigrants to the point where the government passed the Chinese Immigration Act of 1923 that banned most immigration from Asia. Racism was a major issue during this time.

Nitro - n a CPR construction site in 1880's British Columbia, a young Chinese worker volunteers to set a dangerous nitroglycerine charge in return for his wife's boat fare to Canada.

Nitro - n a CPR construction site in British Columbia, a young Chinese worker volunteers to set a dangerous nitroglycerine charge in return for his wife's boat fare to Canada.

Bamboo Shoots: Chinese Canadian Legacies in BC

Bamboo Shoots: Chinese Canadian Legacies in BC

Circa 1900 (Date unknown). B.C, Canada. Sample immigration certificate. The Canadian government had imported Chinese workers to work on the Canadian Pacific Railway. However, they were paid a lot less than the white workers. In the 1871 census, approximately 3,000 out of 33,600 immigrants were Chinese. In 1885, all Chinese immigrants had to first pay a $50 fee, and was raised to $500 in 1903. This is commonly referred to as the "Chinese Head Tax". -Richard

Circa 1900 (Date unknown). B.C, Canada. Sample immigration certificate. The Canadian government had imported Chinese workers to work on the Canadian Pacific Railway. However, they were paid a lot less than the white workers. In the 1871 census, approximately 3,000 out of 33,600 immigrants were Chinese. In 1885, all Chinese immigrants had to first pay a $50 fee, and was raised to $500 in 1903. This is commonly referred to as the "Chinese Head Tax". -Richard

1902: Empire Reform Association holds meetings in Sing Kew theatre, frequently inviting Caucasian guest speakers, with Won Alexander Cumyow acting as interpreter. Head Tax on Chinese immigrants is raised to $100.

Won Alexander Cumyow [Wen Jinyou] the First Chinese Born in Canada

The Ties that Bind - oral histories of descendants of chinese labourers who built the canadian railway and who paid the head tax

The Ties that Bind - oral histories of descendants of chinese labourers who built the canadian railway and who paid the head tax

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