Saltwater City

Saltwater City

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Saltwater City pays tribute to those who went through the hard times, to those who swallowed their pride, to those who were powerless and humiliated, but who still carried on. They all had faith that things would be better for future generations. They have been proven correct. Canadaa€™s first Chinese arrived in British Columbia in 1858 from California. Almost all meea€”merchants, peasants, and laborers a€” and almost all from eight rural counties in the Pearl River delta in what is now Guangdong province a€” they came in search of gold and better fortune, escaping the rebellions, flood and drought of their homeland. By 1863 over 4, 000 Chinese lived in B.C., filling jobs shunned by whites: miners, road builders, teamsters, laundry men, restaurateurs, domestic servants and cannery workers. Between 1881 and 1885, thousands more arrived, most imported to build the transcontinental railway. They were to create, in Vancouver, Canadaa€™s largest and most dynamic Chinese Community, known to its original inhabitants as Saltwater City.Li was also a major shareholder in the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank, which purchased the Bank of British Columbia at this time. ... Although China had agreed to let Hong Kong keep its capitalist way of life for fifty years, residents still feared losing their freedoms and property under Communism. ... A Hong Kong bank manager emigrating with cdn$200, 000 from the sale of his apartment said, a€œ My work colleagues say: a#39;Wow, you must be sacrificing a lota€”good salary, good benefits, anbsp;...

Title:Saltwater City
Author:Paul Yee
Publisher:D & M Publishers - 2009-12-01


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