Monument to the Western Chinese Immigrants and Head Tax Survivors

Westman Chinese Association (WCA)
November, 2010 - July, 2011
Brandon, MA
Project Details

WCA will erect a monument, hold an unveiling ceremony and develop a brochure to commemorate the historical experiences of the Westman Chinese Settlers, who were affected by the Head Tax and Chinese Immigration Act, and to educate new and established Canadians. The monument will promote both recognition and respect and will commemorate the Chinese-Canadian community in Manitoba. It will be erected in the Brandon cemetery, where many Head Tax payers are buried, and will face east towards the Head Tax Payers home land in China. The monument will be a bronze Chinese coin, five feet in diameter, on a black granite base. The granite used for the base is from Manitoba and represents the solid foundation of Chinese Canadians in Manitoba and Canada. Engravings on the monument will depict the history of Chinese immigrants and of the Chinese Head Tax. The monument will not only be the centerpiece for the annual Brandon Ching-Ming Festival but the first opportunity for the community to commemorate the Chinese Head Tax.