About Chinese Canadian Stories

For more than 200 years, migrants of Chinese heritage have traveled to Canada to live, to work, and to raise their families. They have come at different times and from different places in China and throughout the world. Many have called a variety of places home before coming to Canada, but once here, they formed vibrant communities that have significantly shaped Canadian society. "Chinese Canadian Stories" is a path-breaking project gathering the work of universities and community groups from across Canada. Our vision is to give Canadians--young and old--the tools to discover and make their own history, using the latest advances in digital technology to access, recover, and record our neglected past.

One part of this site allows you to explore the stories of Chinese Canadians. There is also a fun video game called Gold Mountain for children 6-12 that immerses them in the world of Chinese Canadians over a century ago. Other parts of the site are for teachers and students for classroom use. Scholars and family researchers can use our searchable databases to access digital collections with over 20,000 photos, videos, newspapers, and historical documents. You can also search for Chinese Canadian ancestors who came to Canada before 1949 at our Head Tax Register database containing almost 97,000 entries.

If you are interested in recording and preserving your own family's story, we can offer useful tips and give you a way to make your story a part of our nation's common past. By digitally archiving your photographs, videos, and stories through our site's community archive tool, you can help reshape Canada's history. Until now, there has never been a one-stop web portal dedicated to collecting, digital archiving, accessing and distributing information about Chinese Canadian history. Come explore Chinese Canadian stories. Come join us in making history.