By Patricia E. Roy
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Extra info for A White Man's Province: British Columbia Politicians and Chinese and Japanese Immigrants, 1858-1914
To the Chinese male, the queue was a sign of submission to the conquering Manchu Empire; he wore it and defended it as he might uphold a religious emblem. For example, nine prisoners whose hair was cut against their wishes refused to work until a cold water hose was turned on them. To sinophobes, the absence of the queue on a Chinese head was a symbol of white superiority. Thus, Noah Shakespeare celebrated his success in persuading the government to shave the heads of all long-term prisoners by waving a queue before a meeting of the Workingmen's Protective Association.
J. C. McLagan, the manager of the Vancouver World and a personal friend of Tatsugoro Nosse, the Japanese consul, privately and publicly observed that he had always found the Japanese to be "thoroughly reliable, energetic, extremely orderly, and exceedingly apt in picking up European habits and our manners generally. " Premier J. H. "22 Of course, newspaper managers and publishers and senior politicians tended to meet only the educated Japanese. Alderman W. J. McGuigan of Vancouver clearly recognized the difference between the educated and the ordinary immigrant.
In the new circumstances created by Confederation, an increasing number of whites were to become hostile to the Chinese. Mr. Drury, School Trustee, the protector of Chinese. Victoria Daily Colonist, 3 October 1903 2 "A World of Their Own": Morality, Law, and Public Health, 1871-1914 [Chinese and Japanese] receive the protection of our laws the same as others, but in the framing of those laws they have no share, nor ever can they have any. 1 In the four decades after Confederation, white British Columbians undertook a concerted campaign to halt or restrict immigration from Asia and to curtail the activities of Chinese, and later, Japanese.
A White Man's Province: British Columbia Politicians and Chinese and Japanese Immigrants, 1858-1914 by Patricia E. Roy