Chinese Canadian Women, 1923-1967: Inspiration - Innovation - Ingenuity explores a compelling chapter of Canadian history through the experiences of Chinese Canadian women. This website brings together thirty-three new oral history interviews and over 1,000 historical photographs and records.
The years 1923 and 1967 bracket a period of discriminatory immigration policy, beginning with the enactment of The Chinese Immigration Act and ending with the removal of race as a factor in immigration decisions. During this time, severe restrictions on Chinese immigration, coupled with prior patterns of Chinese migration, led to disproportionately few women within the Chinese Canadian population. Despite their low numbers, they were able to make significant contributions to their communities and country. Drawing from oral testimonies, this website documents the history of women who called Canada home between 1923 and 1967 and provides a solid basis for further study and research.