The Triumph of Citizenship

The Triumph of Citizenship

The Japanese and Chinese in Canada, 1941-67

Book - 2007
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Univ of Washington Pr
In this companion volume to A White Man’s Province and The Oriental Question, Patricia E. Roy examines the climax of antipathy to Asians in Canada: the removal of all Japanese Canadians from the BC coast in 1942. Their free return was not allowed until 1949. Yet the war also brought increased respect for Chinese Canadians; they were enfranchised in 1947 and the federal government softened its ban on Chinese immigration.

The Triumph of Citizenship explains why Canada ignored the rights of Japanese Canadians and placed strict limits on Chinese immigration. In response, Japanese Canadians and their supporters in the human rights movement managed to halt "repatriation" to Japan, and Chinese Canadians successfully lobbied for the same rights as other Canadians to sponsor immigrants. The final triumph of citizenship came in 1967, when immigration regulations were overhauled and the last remnants of discrimination removed.

The Triumph of Citizenship reminds all Canadians of the values and limits of their citizenship; students of political history and of ethnic relations in particular will find this book compelling.

Book News
Roy (emerita history, U. of Victoria) completes her trilogy tracing how Chinese and Japanese immigrants and their descendants in British Columbia eventually gained Canadian citizenship despite racist government policy and public opinion. She discusses the decision to evacuate Japanese immigrants and descendants from the west coast at the beginning of World War II, the effects of the war on the Chinese, ending Chinese exclusion, and other topics. The first two volumes cover up to the beginning of World War I and World War II respectively. Distributed in the US by University of Washington Press. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Vancouver : UBC Press, c2007
ISBN: 9780774813808
Characteristics: vii, 390 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm


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