history of Chinese Canadians in Windsor was never officially
documented until the Windsor Chinese Community sponsored the
RISING DRAGON: Chinese Canadians in Windsor exhibit
displayed at Windsor’s Community Museum. This exhibit brought
together pieces of information from the recollections of people
knowledge of the past and from artifacts and photographs that
have been past down through generations. The virtual museum will
attempt to capture the essence of the physical exhibit, expand
its accessibility and utilize media applications to serve the
community for years to come.
Chinese Canadians have a true Canadian tale to tell. The story
begins in the shadow of their forefathers in 1788, when two ships
arrived off the Pacific coast of Canada with fifty to seventy
Chinese craftsmen. They helped build a fort for the trading post.
What became of them is unrecorded and a matter of folklore. It
wasn’t until the first recorded gold miner of Chinese descent
arrived in 1858 did their story continue. It was during this
same period, when thousands of mostly male Chinese arrived in
Canada to better their lives. Their hopes and dreams were tied
to building the western section of the Canadian Pacific Railroad.
Once the railroad was completed, unemployment and overt discrimination
saw many people of Chinese descent move east in search of work
and a new beginning. Despite a provocative immigration policy
their contribution to the City of Windsor and Canada is seen
through their stories of unflagging optimism, entrepreneurial
spirit, and perseverance.
viewer’s senses will be engaged with a vivid portrayal
of local Chinese Canadian’s history, culture, and tradition.
The virtual museum presents the exhibit RISING DRAGON:
Chinese Canadian in Windsor in another medium. Participating
archival, historical, educational sites have agreed to link relevant
and international issues as co-partners. Join with us on a remarkable
journey and explore the stories of Chinese Canadians living in
Windsor. Our story begins with the first Chinese arrivals in
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