UBC experts on 100th year since introduction of the 1923 Chinese Exclusion Act in Canada

This July 1 marks a century since the introduction of the Chinese Immigration Act of 1923, also recognized as the Chinese Exclusion Act, in Canada. The federal government originally passed this legislation to prohibit the entry of all Chinese immigrants, a policy that remained in effect until its repeal in 1947. 

In recognition of the Act’s centennial, various UBC researchers have partnered with curator Catherine Clement to unveil the Paper Trail Exhibition (尋影覓跡 1923排華法案) at Vancouver’s Canadian Chinese Museum. 

UBC experts are available to comment on the legacy of this Act and the Paper Trail exhibition.  

Dr. Laura Ishiguro (she/her)
Associate Professor, Department of History
Email: laura.ishiguro@ubc.ca
Interview language(s): English 

  • the 1923 Chinese Immigration Act in wider context of Asian Canadian history, white supremacy and/or settler colonialism in Canada 

Dr. Chris Lee
Professor, Department of English Language and Literatures
Email: chris.lee@ubc.ca
Cel: 604-838-7636 (Whatsapp only)
Interview language(s): English, Cantonese 

  • Asian and Chinese Canadian literature, arts and culture 
  • Asian Canadian experience (historical and contemporary) and Asian Canadian studies in higher education 

*on European time, PDT +9 hours 

Dr. Guofang Li
Professor, Department of Language and Literacy Education
Email: Guofang.li@ubc.ca
Interview language(s): English, Mandarin 

  • Asian immigrants’ education and integration, anti-Asian racism in education 

Dr. Mary Liston
Associate Professor, Peter A. Allard School of Law
Tel: 602-822-9844
Email: liston@allard.ubc.ca
Interview language(s): English, French, Spanish 

  • Legal action seeking redress for Exclusion Act, Harper government apology and significance 

*limited availability 

Naomi Louie
Graduate Research Assistant and Curatorial Assistant of the Paper Trail Exhibition
Cel: 604-928-7437
Email: naomijlouie@gmail.com
Interview language(s): English 

  • the Paper Trail Project, the Chinese Canadian Exclusion Era, Chinese Canadian archives and newly released documents, C.I. Certificates 

Dr. Miu Chung Yan
Professor, School of Social Work
Email: miu.yan@ubc.ca
Interview language(s): English, Cantonese 

  • Recent Chinese immigration to Canada, racism against Asians 

Dr. Henry Yu
Associate Professor, Department of History
Co-Lead, Centre for Asian Canadian Research and Engagement
Cel: 778-895-5088 (please text to schedule an interview)
Interview language(s): English 

  • Asian Canadian and Chinese Canadian history 
  • Race, ethnicity, and nationalism 

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