The Other Side of Gold Mountain

Apr 14th, 2012 - Jun 24th, 2012

Join us in discovering the stories of triumph, endurance and hardship among Canada’s Chinese Prairie Settlers.

In the late 1850s, Chinese immigrants were first drawn to Canada by the prospect of becoming rich in the British Columbia gold fields. Chinese who later came to the Canadian Prairies did not come looking for gold: they knew there was none. They settled on the other side of Gold Mountain.

Looking for a better life, Chinese immigrants faced the hurdles of Canada’s highly regulated immigration process. A process that created a community of married bachelors and paper sons. They came as merchants or workers and settled in large urban centres and small rural communities. Their “gold had to be won through hard work, cultural isolation, and, too often long periods of personal loneliness warped by racial slurs and physical violence.” (Dr. Brian L. Evans, The Other Side of Gold Mountain, pg 12).

This exhibition is on loan from the Bruce Peel Special Collections Library, University of Alberta. The materials on which this exhibition is anchored are from the Wallace B. Chung and Madeline H. Chung Collection at the Peel Library in Edmonton and selected photographs from the Chung Collection, the Rare Books and Special Collections Library at the  University of British Columbia.

The exhibition was a labour of love for all involved, but especially for Dr Brian L. Evans, curator and author of the catalogue.

 

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