Poor Working Condition For Chinese People In Canada During The Early 1900's

585 words - 3 pages

For many decades, Chinese individuals immigrated to Canada until the 1870s, however the explanation for the arrival of Chinese immigrants was the desire to immigrate to Vancouver due to the promise of labor on the continental railway that brought the Chinese to Canada in massive numbers. Railway homeowners argued that they must hire Asian railway employees because nobody else should do the harmful and tough work of railroad building. However, other British Canadians had other reasons behind hiring asian labourers, and a certain attitude towards this group resulted in a tension which led to this historical event in this province. The Vancouver Chinatown Riots, in 1907.

British Canadians felt that it was best to hire Chinese labourers to work on the continental railways due to working conditions, however, other British Canadians felt that it had been the low wages that Chinese individuals charged that created them enticing alternatives to higher paid non-Asians. Employment on the railways crammed a range of jobs in a rural and concrete environment. In 1885, the Canadian government, after being pressured from Canadian provinces, passed laws preventing Canadian voters of Chinese origin to vote, and requiring every Chinese person to pay a tax of $50 upon entry into Canada. This tax was named “Head Tax” which eventually was raised to $500, The equivalent of a year’s earnings of a Chinese worker in the continental railway. Hostility was more and more directed toward these Asian immigrants with the economic recession of 1903-1907. Social reformers began to associate the Chinese with crime and immorality in Vancouver’s poorest neighbourhood, ‘Chinatown.’ Vancouver’s ‘Chinatown’ was not the nicest of areas in Vancouver, in fact it had overcrowded housing and poor sewage and water facilities in this space of...

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