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Immigrants from China
Search this online version of the General Registers of Chinese Immigration, which contain the head tax records for Chinese immigrants to Canada from 1885 to 1949.
Photograph of man wearing traditional Chinese clothes, standing with umbrella

A portrait of See Shu Goong, ca. 1900

Photograph of five men in army uniform, smiling for camera

Canadian soldiers at the end of the Second World War (left to right): Privates O. Lee, F. Lee, G.A. Lee, W. Lee, K.D. Wong and J.H. Ma

Photograph of three youth playing basketball. Two boys poised for jump-off, as girl holds ball between them

Lila Gee (centre) referees a pick-up basketball game in Vancouver’s MacLean Park, in 1951

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Watercolour painting of people in Victorian dress and three men in traditional Chinese clothing, walking on wooden boardwalk beside a river. Forest and mountains in background, two dogs in foreground

New Westminster, B.C. in the late 19th century.


Come and explore the social and political history of Canada's early Chinese communities. Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has assembled many resources to offer an overview of the topic: