Other Major Projects Funded by Community Historic Recognition Program

1 The Ties That Bind: Building the CPR, Building a Place in Canada

http://www.mhso.ca/tiesthatbind/ [En, Fr]

The website examines the struggle of the Chinese Canadian community to establish an identity and roots in Canada. Through archival evidence and research of the men who came from China to build the transcontinental railroad in the 1880s, and the use of oral testimony of their descendants, The Ties That Bind preserves a seldom told part of Canada’s history. The online virtual exhibit explores the history of the Chinese Canadians from their presence in Canada before Confederation and during the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway, through more than 60 years of legislated discrimination under the Head Tax and Exclusion Act, to the present. There is a 30 min documentary developed in conjunction with this website. For more information, please contact the Foundation to Commemorate the Chinese Railroad Workers in Canada.

2 Road to Justice: the Legal Struggle for Equal Rights of Chinese Canadians

http://www.roadtojustice.ca/ [En, Fr, Ch]

This website dedicated to increasing awareness about the historical injustices in the form of legislated discrimination imposed by Canadian governments on people of Chinese descent in Canada.

The website investigates the social and political factors that led to the shameful Canadian laws and policies which restricted the lives and activities of a single race of people. The website features interviews and biographies of some of the first Chinese-Canadian lawyers and key activists in the Redress Campaign, who lobbied the Government of Canada for an apology for more than 60 years of legislated discrimination against the Chinese-Canadian community.

3 Chinese Canadian Women, 1923-1967

http://www.mhso.ca/chinesecanadianwomen/ [En, Fr, Ch]

This website discovers a compelling chapter of Canadian history through the experiences of Chinese Canadian women. Their stories demonstrate the contributions they made to their communities and to Canada and the obstacles they overcame during the Exclusion Period (1923-1947) and subsequent decades of discriminatory immigration policies (1947-1967) Thirty-three new oral history interviews and over 1,000 historical photographs and records are brought together in this website.

4 Redress Remix

http://www.redressremix.ca/ [En, Ch]

Documentary: please contact Stitch Media

Redress Remix is a unique project comprised of a 3 part documentary series and interactive living documentary. Redress Remix tackles one of the most controversial Canadian government decisions of our time: the official 2006 apology to the Chinese Canadian community for the Head Tax and Exclusion Act of 1923. The documentary film uses a unique approach that includes animation techniques, newly composed music and testimonial interviews, to reveal to audiences the events that shaped the Redress movement and led to the official Government apology and its influence on a new generation of Chinese Canadians. The interactive web project, developed in conjunction with the film, allows Canadians to contribute to the national dialogue on the issue through a ground-breaking ‘living documentary’ experience.


5 In the Shadow of Gold Mountain (Karen Cho, 2004)


The film takes Karen from Montreal to Vancouver to uncover stories from the last living survivors of the Chinese Head Tax and Exclusion Act. This dark chapter in our history, from 1885 until 1947, plunged the Chinese community in Canada into decades of debt and family separation. At the centre of the film are personal accounts of extraordinary Chinese Canadians who survived an era that threatened to eradicate their entire community. Through a rich Page| 27 Resource Guide for Asian Heritage Month Activities about Chinese Head Tax and Exclusion Act melding of history, poetry and raw emotion, this documentary sheds light on an era that shaped the identity of generations, with deeply moving testimonials, it reveals the profound ways this history still casts its shadow.

6 Unwanted Soldier (Jari Osborne, 1999)


This documentary tells the personal story of filmmaker Jari Osborne’s father, a Chinese- Canadian veteran. She describes her father’s involvement in World War II and uncovers a legacy of discrimination and racism against British Columbia’s Chinese-Canadian community. Sworn to secrecy for decades, Osborne’s father and his war buddies now vividly recall their top-secret missions behind enemy lines in Southeast Asia. Theirs is a tale of young men proudly fighting for a country that had mistreated them. This film does more than reveal an important period in Canadian history. It pays moving tribute to a father’s quiet heroism. A country that had mistreated them. This film does more than reveal an important period in Canadian history. It pays moving tribute to a father’s quiet heroism.

7 Cedar and Bamboo (Diana Leung and Kamala Todd , 2010)

Free Trailer Promo: http://vimeo.com/9725046

Set in Vancouver and other BC locations, Cedar and Bamboo surveys the lives of early Chinese immigrants and the more recent history of complex issues of interracial relationships and marriages, multiracial identity and identification, alienation and belonging. It features four people of mixed Indigenous and Chinese ancestry and their formation of strong identity in spite of the difficulty of reconciling divergent identities, racist laws, and complexities of familial and ethnic acceptance and/or rejection. Lil’wat elder Judy Joe was “abandoned” by her Indigenous mother, being sent to her father’s village in China at age five, being ill-treated and returning to Vancouver as a teenager from which she felt completely alienated. Musqueam elder Howard Grant, whose Chinese father worked in the market gardens near his Musqueam mother’s family, reflects on his experiences with both cultures. Twentyish siblings Jordie and Hannah Yow reflect on growing up “Canadian” with little information about either their Chinese grandfather or their Secwempec grandmother.

8 Chinatown Canada Series (OMNI TV, 2010)

Canadian Documentary Series Chinatown Canada digs deep into the heart of the most influential Chinatowns across Canada in four 30 min episodes featuring Victoria & Vancouver, Calgary & Edmonton, Toronto, and Montreal. Chinatown Canada reveals how each of these communities help to uniquely shape the fabric and culture of the cities in which they thrive. Each episode explores both the present and the past, and includes stunning visuals and informative interviews with key members of the Chinatown communities.

To purchase a copy for educational use, please contact Supervising Producer Susie Romano
Sacco at 416 821 0888.

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