Growing Up Canadian

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Part of the exibition " But Women did Come:150 Years of Chinese Women in North America"
Women were the heart and soul of the community. They taught their children the Chinese language, traditions and values. The streghth of the family kept the community alive and vibrant.
Brockville, Ontario,1949. (courtesy Alice Lor Hope)
Canadian Girls In Training, victoria, B.C., 1930. (courtesy Mabel and Fred Yee collection)
The Canadian-born generation grew up under the shadows of the Chinese Immigration Acts and were not recognized as full citizens. On July 1, 1923, the Canadian government, through what is referred to as the "Exclusion Act", stopped all Chinese immigration so that the communities would eventually die out.
Toronto, Ontario, circa 1930.(courtesy Mary Ko Bong)
Chinese Public School picnic at Elk Lake, Victoria, B.C. (courtesy Susie Nipp colletion)
Instead, Canadian-born youth maintained a strong identity with both their Chinese and Canadian heritage. Like other young people, they were active in school and the community. The Canadian-born generation clearly shared their parents' determination to build a life in here.
victoria, B.C. circa 1930s.(courtesy Mabel and Fred Yee collection)
Agnes Lor and Lor Leip, North Bay, Ontario 1929. (courtesy agnes Lor Collection)
New World, New Changes

Growing up Canadian
Women at Work
Community Life
Making a Difference