Old Chow’s son, Chow Junior, was a successful potato farmer. In 1930 he expanded his farming operation to include wholesale business. Some other Chinese farmers followed his example, which made some White members of the community uneasy.
White A: “There are so many of them! We can’t let them control the food industry!”
White B: “Why don’t we make laws to limit the quantity of Chinese agricultural products entering the market? We could also fix their prices.”
Once again, Chinese livelihoods became severely affected by arbitrary and discriminatory legislation.
“We have had a bumper potato harvest this year….” said Chow Junior, looking troubled.
Wong Junior: “Isn’t it something to be glad for? Why do you look so miserable?”
Chow Junior: “According to the new Vancouver laws, I’m only allowed to sell half of my crop; the rest is to be left in the fields to rot…”
Wong Junior: “How is this possible? This is not fair! New laws or not, surviving is more important, let’s keep on selling!”
Chow Junior, driving a truck-load full of potatoes to the market, managed to slip through a police checkpoint, but was stopped further along the way by a group of White farmers.
Anxious, Chow Junior tried to reason with the Whites:
“We are all farmers. Why can’t we work together and all find a place at the table?”
A few of the Whites jeered, “Then go ahead, use your civil rights to vote for a “fair” law – and a place at the table!”
Furious, it took Chow Junior all his willpower not to raise his fists and get into a fight with the Whites. He shouted: “I will never accept this treatment – never!”
Later, Chow Junior said to Wong Junior: “I heard that there are places, such as Manitoba, that have a far more lenient voting requirement. Why don’t we go there?”
Wong Junior, very determined, replied: “Vancouver is our home. There are so many Chinese here who need our help. We have to stick together, be more united and protect our interests…”