Richmond, B.C. in the early 1900s was mostly farmland. Because of the rich fertile soil of the Fraser River delta, many Chinese Canadians and Japanese Canadians grew vegetables and other fresh produce for local markets. They also worked in the fisheries and canneries that lined the Fraser River. In the 1990s, Richmond transformed into a bustling city, with Chinese Canadians coming from Hong Kong and China making up over half its residents. Many restaurants and stores opened with these new Canadians as customers.
Related historical newspaper articles:
Article 1: 域埠蔬菜同業開會誌 Meeting of Chinese growers in Victoria against the government’s legislation on selling produce.
Chinese Times, February 17, 1937 Click to read article
Article 2: 華農與推銷局員衝突 The fight between Chung Chuck and Earl Mckay, the inspector, on Marpole-Fraser Avenue Bridge.
Chinese Times, March 2, 1937 Click to read article
Article 3: 華農與白農衝突⎕訊 Conflicts between white growers and Chinese growers. The white growers were guarding all the bridges between Vancouver and Richmond to prevent Chinese growers brining potatoes to sell in Vancouver.
Chinese Times, March 3, 1937 Click to read article