Talk:Chinese Head Tax and Immigration

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Peer Review006:22, 24 March 2018
feedback005:03, 24 March 2018
Feedback004:10, 2 December 2017
Discussion000:39, 2 December 2017
Feedback003:51, 1 December 2017
Post Suggestions008:29, 14 November 2017
feedback006:06, 11 November 2017
Feedback000:42, 11 November 2017
Wiki Constructive Feedback004:50, 8 November 2017
Peer Review022:35, 7 November 2017

Peer Review

Hi:) I really enjoyed your reading! It is really interesting and you made really good points. I did not know about the Chinese head tax but it was really good chance to know about it through your reading. I would suggest you if the discrimination that they had experienced when they were moving to Canada would be helpful to your reading:)

06:22, 24 March 2018

Really interesting discussion on Chinese immigration to Canada! I found an interesting, and horrifying, reading on Canada's incentives to push for the head tax.

Enakshi Dua's "Exclusion through Inclusion: Female Asian migration in the making of Canada as a white settler nation" has a lot of great information that I think you should check out. Dua sheds light on how fear of miscegenation is tied to race science, which was especially relevant to lawmaking in the first wave of Chinese migration, as the white Canadians were afraid that Chinese men were going to intermarry and create what John A MacDonald lovingly calls a "mongrel race" of mixed race Chinese-Canadians. (Canada, House of Commons. Debates, 1887, p. 642) (he was a really horrible guy)
05:03, 24 March 2018

First of all, great topic. However, I'd be interested in hearing more about narratives of the Chinese people who were affected by the exclusionary acts by the Canadian government. In addition, it would be great if you could discuss the current state of affairs of Chinese immigration in Canada, after your section about Harper's apology.

04:10, 2 December 2017


Hey! I really liked reading your wikipage. I found it super informative, and didnt know that much about the Chinese head tax before, only having heard about it breifly in the past. For the section where you talk about the Chinese Immigration before you get into further details about the head tax, I have a suggestion. You mentioned that the Chinese came to work on the CPR, however, they also came to work as minors for the gold rush, after the gold supply in California began to become limited. Other than that your information was super interesting!

00:39, 2 December 2017

I really enjoyed your Wiki post on the Chinese Head Tax system, it was informative, well written and organized. It is amazing to read about a point in history where there was a blatant form of systematic racism that was put in place in an attempt to keep Canada western European and preserve "whiteness" within the country. Thankfully multiculturalism is now celebrated within Canada rather than suppressed. Great post!

03:51, 1 December 2017

Post Suggestions

Thank you for sharing your wiki entry. I agree that the Chinese Head Tax was a great injustice and a clear example of racism in Canadian history. I enjoyed that you included the apology at the end. Even though the apology does not rectify the hardships and racism that these Chinese endured, it did provide closure to the matter.

A suggestion that I have for improvement is that you could elaborate on what the consequences of Head Tax was. Everyone knows that Head Tax was a bad thing, but why was it bad? How was Head Tax an example of injustice/racism in Canada? Was it common for immigrant groups to be oppressed at this time, or were these actions only targeted against the Chinese in Canada? How were the Chinese able to regain equality (if this ever happened)?

Thank you for sharing.

08:29, 14 November 2017

This is a great topic to do your wiki page on! It's super relevant in our society today and I cannot wait to see the final project. I enjoy what you have so far but I think you should incorporate an comparison with all it may be different if it was another ethnicity. As well, you can touch base on the prejudice views. Can't wait to read the final product!

06:06, 11 November 2017

I think this topic is very interesting and still relevant in our society! I definitely think that touching on the "British Properties" in West Vancouver, BC will also be a great point for you to use in this wiki page. I think speaking about the history of labour of Chinese people in Canada will also be a good point of topic. Using photos from history will also be great to show the situation of how Canada used to be with immigration rights in the past.

00:42, 11 November 2017

Wiki Constructive Feedback

Hi, the overall structure of your wiki page is very clean and concise, making it easy to digest as a reader. In your “Prior to the Head Tax Redress” section, I noticed the spacing between your paragraphs isn’t the same as previous sections. This is probably just a missed </ br> in your coding, or I found coding </ br> and hitting enter before typing the next line makes a good-sized break between paragraphs or sections.

04:50, 8 November 2017

Peer Review

I think you’re off to a great start with your wiki page! I think adding in information on the type of labor they were doing, such as building the railroad, would be interesting to add. To even better this section, I think you should add in the idea of globalization, it would really strengthen your page. I also think it would be interesting to compare other countries ability to immigrate in comparison to the Chinese. Lastly, the hostility and discrimination they received when they were able to immigrate to Canada would be a great addition!

22:35, 7 November 2017