The Chinese times
The Chinese times (Vancouver, B.C.)
February 14 (Thursday)P.2 1) It had been reported that an association for investigating the E. Asiang affairs in N. America had been set up. (Refer to Feb. 6). Such in- vestigations would be carried out in a number of N. American cities. The representative committee in Vancouver consisted of the following: Chairman - (a professor at U.B.C.)Vice " - (a representative of Canaidna BusinessmenAssociation).Secretary - ( represented Y.M.C.A. )Inspector - (B.C. Agricultural Association)Other members - of the representative committee were B.C. Anti-Asian Association, Catholic Club ( ) & Y.W.C.A.( ).The repeesentative committee had suggested 9 questions for discussing with the Chinese.1. Any evidence to prove that the Asians were not suitable becoming citizens ?2. The attitudes of the Asians towards the whites and vice-versa.3. Reasons why many residents in B.C. were hostile towards the Asians.4. Would the Asians be ever assimilated with the Canadians? Any evidence of complete assimilation?5. Evidence and reasons for the failure in assimilation.6. The relationship between the occupation of the Asians (primarily farming, fishing, hawking, lumbering, and fcther business in the commercial fields) and the propperity and the devebpment of B.C. Any other after- effects as a result of their involvement in such occupations?7. The attitudes of Asians towards their home country - their commitment and duty.8. The attitude of Asians towards mixed marriages which were used as a means of assimilation.9. The reaction of the Asians toward becoming citizne.s Would they still be deprived of certain privileges despite their citizen status?The results of the above discussion would be sent toof the University of Chicago so that he could write a book on the life of the E. Asians in North America. He had already snt his student toVancouver for a detailed investigation. The results of her investigation were sig- nificant to the prestige and future of the overseas Chinese at large. As a result, a meeting was called byfit CBA to discuss about how to answer those 9 questions adequately and sensibly. The results of the discussion were as follows:1. To point out evidence of assimilation with whites; e.g. education, knowledge, social life and general life style.2. A primary reason why the Chinese could not assimilate with the whites was that they were being discriminated against; consequently, they did not have the chance to maintain a more intimate relationship with the whites.3. The Chinese morale was certainly not inferior to the whites'. The problems of drugs and gambling could be a result of leniency in punishment. Besides, most Chinese did not have family here and thus this could lead to undisciplined indulgence in bad habits and entertainments. Anyway, it was certainly unfair to put the blame solely on the Chinese for the drug and gambling problems. The whites could be responsible for these crimes too.4. Point out the contribution of the Chinese in developing and prospering Canada.5. Point out that economic competition and racial prejudice were the 2 primary criteria for the whites' discimination against the Chinese.6. As for the question of mixed marriages, it was only a matter of feelings between 2 persons; thus, this issue should not be considered as a significant problem.P.3 2) The liberal party of south Vancouver held an annual meeting on Feb. 12during which MP proposed to set up a government c ommitteeto investigate the case of illegal Chinese immigration during the office of the conservative party in 1923. He pointed out that about 1400 Chinese had come to Canada without paying $5000 head tax during that year. MPadded that this could be a result of the negligence of theconservative government in head tax payment which was even abolished in 1923, Besides, when that law was in effect, all merchants were exempt from the head tax payment. emphasized that such Sli tax exemptionhad certainly led to the abause of false merchant passports. As a result,the government had to deny all passports issued by the S.E. Asian government. Finally, MP , , &propsed to give a call to prime minister so that a detailedinvestigation of the abuse of illegal immigration could be made.p.3 3) CKT ( ). A spring festival banquet was held to celebratethe New Year. There was singing, dancing and martial arts performed. Speeches were made by , , etc.P.3 4) CKT (Cumberland). A spring festival banquet was held on Feb. 10 at CKT and Dart Coon Club. About 200 people attended the banquet
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