The So-called Yellow Peril: The Chinese Head Tax The following paper discusses the significance of an immigration event in Canadian history that still makes public official grimace today, even though it occurred many decades ago. The Chinese Head Tax was a sorry episode in Canadian immigration policy. This paper will look at the role of the Canadian government in all of this and shall argue that the government was principally driven by a desire to exploit Chinese labour – which was manifestly compared favourably with Canadian labour – and then, once the need for such labour had subsided, the Chinese would apparently do the gracious thing and return to China. However, while certainly nativist and xenophobic by today’s standards, the...The end:
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