After the completion of the CPR railway in 1885, a hostile British Columbia sent Chinese labourers eastwards in search of employment and a more welcoming place. In 1894, the Chinese population in Toronto numbered fifty. Today, no less half a million Chinese live in the Greater Toronto Area. With a focus on Chinatown East at Broadview and Gerrard, Arlene will show archival photographs from her book, The Chinese in Toronto from 1878: From Outside to Inside the Circle, nominated for the 2013 Heritage Toronto Book Award and 2014 Speaker’s Book Award.
Arlene worked at her parents’ restaurant and lived in Old Chinatown. She is currently working on her seventh book that will tell the stories of Chinese Canadians during the head tax and Chinese Exclusion Act era.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 6pm
St. Matthew’s Clubhouse, Riverdale Park East at Langley and Broadview