The Evolution of Toronto’s “Chinatown” Introduction This paper discusses the development of Toronto’s downtown ‘west’ Chinatown from the second half of the 19th century, one of the oldest communities of its kind in North America. Toronto’s Chinatown is the largest in Canada as can surprise visitors from Vancouver as is more often associated with persons of East Asian origin. The first Chinese business in Toronto’s community seems to have been the Adelaide Street laundry of Mr. Sam Ching’s hand laundry as appeared in an 1878 Toronto directory. Early Chinese in Toronto were often former railway labourers whose rail journeys from the West brought them to Union Station and its nearby Chinese enclave. A Chinese Immigration Act of 1885 made...The end:
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