Village Mapping

In 2008, another team of students working with Prof. Sally Hermansen at UBC used Geographical Information Systems (GIS) software to create maps of the data. The mapping of geographic names recorded in the head tax database was launched in the fall of 2008. It took 20 rounds of community‐based meetings with Taishanese/ Zhongshanese‐speaking participants led by UBC Asian Library’s Eleanor Yuen and Phoebe Chow to match the towns and villages of origin reported by 90% of immigrants from these two counties with the original geographical names in Chinese scripts.