The Chinese times
The Chinese times (Vancouver, B.C.)
September 7 (Thursday)P.I (1) The Chinese Labor Union's letter of proposals to Ambassador Chau regarding the Immigration law the proposals were as follows:a) Chinese workers who had gone back to China should be allowed freedom of entry back to Canada. According to the immigration law all Chinese workers were given only 1 year of absence from Canada and this had been extended to 2 years since June 1921. Many Chinese found the law too restrictive and for those who could not return back to Canada within that time limit owning to some mishaps back in the homeland would then get into trouble, either in the form of detainment by the immigration officer or extra $500 head tax payment. Thus, many Chinese workers complained about this and hoped that action could be taken to abolish the law. Now seeing that the Canadian and the Chinese governments were to revise the immigration law, the Chinese workers got together and attempted to make suggestions for revising the law. They demanded equality for Chinese immigrants with immigrants of other nationalities. In addition, they demanded freedom of entry back to Canada for the Chinese workers or at least extension of absence from Canada should be granted to those who failed to return back within the time limit due to certain mishaps in China.b) The Canadian government, instead of collecting $500 head tax, could establish a quota for Chinese immigrants coming to Canada.The Chinese Labor Union suggested that the quota set for the Chinese workers should be proportional to that of the Japanese ones. The population size of the 2 countries should be taken into account.c) All Chinese immigrants should have the right to bring their family members into Canada. The Canadian government had been very harsh on theChinese with regard to bringing family members into Canada. Only Chinese merchants, teachers and reverends enjoyed such right whereas the workers and hawkers were deprived of such priority. Thus, it was hoped in the revised immigration law, the government would grant all Chinese immigrants the right to sponsor their family members to come to Canada provided they proved that they could support them.d) The Canadian government should abolish the law that demanded detailed body check-up for all Chinese immigrants upon their arrival. Many Chinese complained that it was unfair to have detailed body check-up upon arrival because they had already been checked before they went on board.e) All Chinese immigrants should have the freedom to work and develop business in Canada. The government and the citizens should not deprive them of their rights in all fields of work. Any intention of discrimination and exclusion of Chinese should be checked.P.3 (2) News from Victoria; Many Chinese students protested against the policy of separating them from the white students. They demonstrated by not going to schools. The School Administration Department pointed out that if they still did not attend classes in the assigned school for the Chinese, they would be treated as run-away students
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