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Chinese immigration: The personal impact of racism

They risked their lives to help build Canada's railroad in the 1880s. But as soon as the work was done, Canada just wanted them gone. It was the beginning of a difficult history for Chinese immigrants to Canada. They struggled through the head tax, personal attacks and job discrimination. But the Chinese in Canada persevered. And today, Chinese-Canadians are an integral part of Canada's multicultural society, forging their own cultural identities.

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Chinese-Canadian Gim Wong reflects on a very sad incident from his childhood.
Medium: Television
Program: CBC News
Broadcast Date: June 22, 1999
Guest(s): Gim Wong
Reporter: Kelly McClughan
Duration: 1:53

Last updated: February 23, 2012

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