Pioneers and Founders – 150 Years of Chinese History in Kamloops, British Columbia

June, 2009 - December, 2010
Kamloops, B.C.
Project Details

The Kamloops Chinese Cultural Association will publish, through written and photographic collections, the intriguing 150-year history of the hundreds of pioneer Chinese families in Kamloops and the central interior of British Columbia, and the impact of the Chinese Exclusion Act and Head Tax on this vibrant community. The goal is to educate the public and future generations about the sacrifices and accomplishments of these Chinese workers, their perseverance through the Fraser River Gold Rush and construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway line, and their continuous contributions to the development of British Columbia despite the challenges of the Chinese Exclusion Act and Head Tax. The digitized Kamloops stories will describe the monumental challenges and invaluable achievements of the Chinese pioneers in order to ensure the safekeeping of this segment of Chinese-Canadian history, and create an educational resource for younger and future generations, as well as researchers. The collection will be donated to a repository that will be held for public access at the University of British Columbia’s Digital Library.