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This guide will help you find resources about Chinese-Canadian, Japanese-Canadian and Indo-Canadian history.
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Northwest History Index

This card index in Special Collection provides access to the Northwest History Collection, a heritage collection covering the early history and exploration of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest.

The collection includes:

  • magazine and newspaper articles
  • pamphlets
  • books
  • chapters in books
  • many other resources
As of August 1998, no new material has been added to the Northwest History Index. It is continued by the British Columbia Index.


Interned Japanese Fishing Fleet, 194-, Photographer / Studio: Dominion Photo Co. VPL Accession Number: 26951

This guide will help you find materials in Vancouver Public Library on Asian Canadian History. Many resources are available at the Central Library (350 West Georgia Street). Please ask the Information staff if you need help.


Recommended Recent Books

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Orienting Canada - John Price
Call Number: 327.7101823 P94o
Publication Date: 2011
Reassesses critical incidents including Vancouver’s race riots of 1907, the Chinese head tax and the internment of Japanese Canadians.

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Reconciling Canada: Critical Perspectives on the Culture of Redress - Jennifer Henderson; Pauline Wakeham
Call Number: 323.171 R31h
Publication Date: 2013
Explores the intersections and differences between a range of redress cases that have emerged in Canada in recent decades.

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Taking Liberties:A History of Human Rights in Canada - David Goutor; Stephen Heathorn
Call Number: 323.40971 T13g
Publication Date: 2013
A collection of articles on the development of human rights issues from across Canadian history.

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Three Faces of Vancouver: A Guide to First Nations, European and Asian Vancouver - Douglas Cameron Aitken
Call Number: 971.1004 A31t
Publication Date: 2009
A historical and pictorial look featuring three diverse ethnic groups. Also includes a walking tour that encompasses different neighbourhoods.

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Trouble on Main Street: Mackenzie King, Reason, Race, and the 1907 Vancouver Riots - Julie F. Gilmour
Call Number: 971.133 G48t
Publication Date: 2014
Examines the impact of Vancouver's 1907 anti-Asian violence on Canadian policy and in particular on the life and work of future prime minister W.L. Mackenzie King.

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Voices Rising - Xiaoping Li
Call Number: 971.004 L693v
Publication Date: 2007
Examines Asian Canadian political and cultural activism around community building, identity making,racial equity, and social justice.

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White Canada Forever - W. Peter Ward
Call Number: 323.1711 W26w2
Publication Date: 2002
Chronicles the rise of racism against Asian people in British Columbia.


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