National Dream (1881-1885)

Chinese Canadians helped build what the late historian Pierre Berton dubbed Canada’s “National Dream,” when they completed the transcontinental railway in 1885. They also created thriving communities that were subjected to laws that at first sought to exclude them, then were reversed to create inclusivity. Chinese Canadians served through the First World War, and then proved their mettle in the Second World War, emerging as full-fledged citizens.

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