“Our Chosen Land—100 years of development of the Chinese community in Calgary” is an exhibition dedicated to the early Chinese immigrants who first settled in Calgary more than 100 years ago. It is also a tribute to the Calgary Centennial Celebration, as the Chinese community has contributed to the development of Calgary since its inception.

百年滄桑-卡城華人百年史展覽會獻給在一百多年前移居卡城的早期移民的。同時亦為慶祝卡城建市百年紀念,作為記念華人社區對卡城發展的貢獻。

Chinese work gang, CP tracks near summit BC

Glenbow Archives, Calgary, Alberta 

(#NA 3740-29)

The exhibition is divided into two main parts. “The History of Chinese Canadians in Canada” explores the background of the Chinese immigrants to Canada and the general conditions they experienced, while “The Evolution of the Chinese Community in Calgary” focuses on the development of Calgary’s Chinatown.

Although the exhibition follows a chronology of events from 1858 to1994, much of the emphasis is on the early years. The history of Chinese immigration to Canada can generally be divided into five periods:

  1. 1858 to 1885 - Initial Arrival

  2. 1885 to 1923 - The Chinese Immigration Act and the Head Tax

  3. 1923 to 1946 - The Era of Exclusion - The Dark Age in the History of Chinese Immigration to Canada

  4. 1946 to 1967 - Repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act and Family Unification

  5. 1967 to 1994 - Prosperity Under a New Environment

It is our hope that through this exhibition, we will all have a better understanding of the history of Chinese people in Canada, their heritage, their unique culture and above all, their immense contributions to Canada in spite of the injustices, hostilities and hardships they faced.

此展覽主要分為兩部分。第一部分敘述“華人在加拿大的歷史”探討了加拿大華裔移民的背景以及他們所經歷的一般狀況,第二部分敘述“在卡城華人社區的演變”則著眼於卡爾加里唐人街的發展。

儘管展覽遵循從1858年至今的時間順序記敘,但大部分重點都集中在早期。加拿大華人的歷史大致可分為五個時期:

1.  1858年至1885年-自由入境時期

2.  1885年至1923年-華人移民條例和人頭稅的實施

3.  1923年至1946年-被驅逐的時代-華人移加的黑暗期

4.  1946年至1967年-平反華人受歧視的時期

5.  1967年至今-新環境下的繁榮

我們希望,通過這次展覽,我們將更好地了解加拿大華人的歷史,他們的遺產,獨特的文化,尤其是他們面對加拿大的不公正,敵對和困境所做出的巨大貢獻。

1858-1884

Preface 前言

"It is our hope that through this exhibition, we will all have a better understanding of the history of Chinese people in Canada, their heritage, their unique culture and above all their immense contributions to Canada in spite of the injustices, hostilities and hardships they faced."

Our Chosen Land 

百年滄桑

Chinese work gang, CP tracks near summit BC

Glenbow Archives, Calgary, Alberta 

(#NA 3740-29)

Chinese work gang, CP tracks near summit BC

Glenbow Archives, Calgary, Alberta 

(#NA 3740-29)

The exhibition is divided into two main parts. “The History of Chinese Canadians in Canada” explores the background of the Chinese immigrants to Canada and the general conditions they experienced, while “The Evolution of the Chinese Community in Calgary” focuses on the development of Calgary’s Chinatown.

Although the exhibition follows a chronology of events from 1858 to1994, much of the emphasis is on the early years. The history of Chinese immigration to Canada can generally be divided into five periods:

  1. 1858 to 1885 - Initial Arrival

  2. 1885 to 1923 - The Chinese Immigration Act and the Head Tax

  3. 1923 to 1946 - The Era of Exclusion - The Dark Age in the History of Chinese Immigration to Canada

  4. 1946 to 1967 - Repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act and Family Unification

  5. 1967 to 1994 - Prosperity Under a New Environment

It is our hope that through this exhibition, we will all have a better understanding of the history of Chinese people in Canada, their heritage, their unique culture and above all, their immense contributions to Canada in spite of the injustices, hostilities and hardships they faced.