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A White Man's Province examines how British Columbians replaced their attitudes in the direction of Asian immigrants from one among toleration in colonial instances to lively hostility via the flip of the century and describes how politicians replied to renowned cries to halt Asian immigration and limit Asian actions within the province.

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When drunken residents of Athelmar, a small east Kootenay community, dynamited a house occupied by three Chinese, provincial police pursued the culprits and succeeded in arresting one of them. "18 "A World of Their Own " 21 White British Columbians did not really quarrel with the right of Asians to the protection of the law. Yet, few believed that Asians had any right to help make the law as voters or officials. Indeed, in the 18705, the provincial legislature disfranchised the Chinese; in the 18905 the Japanese also lost the right to vote provincially and municipally.

Sugar Refinery, which faced keen competition from sugar refined in Hong Kong. C. " The company's success in establishing itself in local markets was undoubtedly helped by the suggestion that an infected sugar cargo from Hong Kong caused a serious smallpox outbreak in the summer of 1892,49 Although that outbreak revived worries about sanitation in Chinatowns, no serious epidemic of disease was ever actually traced to a Chinatown in British Columbia. The smallpox epidemic of 1892 encouraged the provincial government to pass a Public Health Act modelled on an Ontario statute.

Lurid tales gave police chiefs arguments for "A World of Their Own " 17 enlarging their forces, but they seldom provoked moral crusades. " As general anti-Asian prejudice grew in the summer of 1907, the Vancouver World, in a precursor of future complaints, drew police attention to the problem of white teenage boys patronizing gambling dens. Such concern persisted. 9 Even though it directly affected only Chinese, the presence of young Chinese girls as virtual slaves in Chinese houses of ill-repute offended some white sensibilities.

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