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First free Chinese school opens in Canada

Lequn Yishu (Sociability Free School), the first free Chinese school in Canada, opened with 39 students.

(CCL, 87)

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Sat, 1899-07-01

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1 July 1899

Kang Youwei visits Victoria

Reformer Kang Youwei, having escaped from China, arrived in Victoria on his way to London (CCL 92-93).

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Fri, 1899-04-07

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7 April 1899

First Chinese Presbyterian Church opens

The Victoria Presbyterian Gospel Hall became the First Chinese Presbyterian Church (CCL, 105).

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Sun, 1899-01-22

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22 January 1899

Emperor Guangxu initiates reforms in China

Emperor Guangxu initiated a series of reforms to modernize China.

(CCL, 92)

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Fri, 1898-07-01 - Wed, 1898-08-31

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Summer 1898

First Sino-Japanese War

First Sino-Japanese War – Manchu government was defeated.

(CCL 93)

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Sun, 1894-07-01 - Mon, 1895-07-01

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1894-1895

Dr. Sun Yat-sen visits Victoria

Dr. Sun Yat-sen passed Victoria from Europe to Japan.

(CCL 95)

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Sun, 1897-08-01

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August 1897

Chinese Hospital replaces sick shelter

A two-storey Chinese Hospital, administered by the CCBA, replaced the Taipingfang.

(CTC, 78)

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Mon, 1895-07-01

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ca. 1895

'Cubic air' bylaw challenged

To challenge the “cubic air” bylaw, the CCBA passed a resolution that any Chinese who were arrested under this bylaw should go to jail. So many Chinese men were arrested that jailing them would be a violation of the bylaw. After this point, the police ended raids for overcrowding.

(CCL, 69-70)

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Thu, 1893-11-02

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2 November 1893

Victoria Presbyterian Gospel Hall opens to serve Chinese

Reverent A.R. Winchester started the Victoria Presbyterian Gospel Hall to serve Chinese residents at the corner of Government and Cormorant Streets. (CCL, 105)

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Fri, 1892-04-01

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April 1892

Victoria Presbyterian Gospel Hall opens to serve Chinese

Reverent A.R. Winchester started the Victoria Presbyterian Gospel Hall to serve Chinese residents at the corner of Government and Cormorant Streets. (CCL, 105)

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Fri, 1892-04-01

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April 1892