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Canada bans opium manufacture

Canada banned the manufacturing of opium – opium factories in Chinatown were closed (CCL, 117). (see also GM, 77; CTC, 68)

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Wed, 1908-07-01

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1908

Emperor Guangxu and Empress Dowager die

Emperor Guangxu and Empress Dowager died in late Qing China.

(CCL, 113)

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Wed, 1908-07-01

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1908

Victoria Chinese Merchants Association formed

Victoria Chinese Merchants Association was formed by incorporating two smaller groups of Chinese merchants. (CCL, 104)

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Wed, 1908-07-01

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1908

'Gentleman's Agreement' concluded with Japan

Canada’s Minister of Labour, Rudolphe Lemieux, negotiated a “Gentleman’s Agreement” with Japan, limiting Japanese immigration to Canada.

(CTC, 87)

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Wed, 1908-07-01

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1908

Royal Commission to assess Vancouver riot damage

William Lyon Mackenzie King headed a Royal Commission to assess the damage to property from the riot in Vancouver (Roy, White Man’s Province, 202…)

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Mon, 1907-07-01

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1907

Asiatic Exclusion League founded

The Asiatic Exclusion League was founded in Vancouver. A rally organized by this association on September 7, 1907 turned into a riot. The mob broke windows in Chinatown and moved to the Japanese quarter where forewarned residents defended their property. (GM, 17; CTC, 84-85)

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Mon, 1907-07-01

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1907

BC passes the Natal Act

BC passes the Natal Act for the fourth time. The Natal Act was named after a similar South African law which required prospective immigrants to pass a language test. The law had previously been disallowed by the Governor General. This time, the Lieutenant Governor, James Dunsmuir, a coal mine owner who employed Asian labour, refused to sign the bill.

(CTC, 84)

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Mon, 1907-07-01

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1907

Non-English speakers banned from Victoria schools

Victoria School Board banned Chinese children from attending public schools until they could understand English. The CCBA hired lawyer Fred Peters to challenge this decision, but lost the case.

(CCL, 127)

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Thu, 1907-08-29

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29 August 1907

Victoria youths established Jijishe

Victoria youths established Jijishe (Striking Oar Society) to support the anti-Qing Republican Revolution led by Sun Yat-sen.

(CCL 95)

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Mon, 1907-07-01

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1907

Entering Chinese must have $200

On top of the head tax, Ottawa passed a law requiring Chinese immigrants to have $200 in their possession to enter the country.

(GM, 13)

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Fri, 1904-07-01

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1904