- Bamboo Shoots: Chinese Canadian Legacies in BC  

Additional Resources

This list of additional resources includes websites, books and videos that you may wish to use with the Bamboo Shoots lessons. They are listed by subject rather than grade level so that you may decide where and how to use them.


CBC Digital Archives: Chinese Immigrants Not Welcome Anymore
http://www.cbc.ca/archives/entry/chinese-immigration-not-welcome-anymore (5:48)

CBC Digital Archives: The Personal Impact of Racism
http://www.cbc.ca/archives/entry/chinese-immigration-the-personal-impact-of-racism (1:53)

From C to C: Canadian Stories of Migration
In SFU Teaching and Learning Centre’s award-winning documentary, Mrs. Lee recalls her father’s first visit home to China in her lifetime. At age 8, when her father comes back to the village, the audience sees the emotional world through her eyes.

Kelowna’s Chinatown
Kelowna once had a substantial Chinatown – though nothing but a memorial remains today.

The Panama
The Panama (1996) is a documentary film about the Chan family in Victoria, proprietors of the Panama Café. (Depression era-to 1967)


The Early Chinese Canadians, 1858–1947

Historica Minutes: The Building of the CP Railroad, 1884

Chinese Canadian Women, 1923-1967: Inspiration - Innovation - Ingenuity
This website explores a compelling chapter of Canadian history through the experiences of Chinese Canadian women.

The Chinese Experience in British Columbia, 1850-1950
Yip Sang is a well-known Chinese Canadian, a primary agent for bringing Chinese workers to Canada. He was also a social reformer, and political activist. His story is online at UBC’s site.

Heroes Remember: Chinese Canadian Veterans
Heroes Remember presents twenty-one World War II veterans, who speak candidly of their wartime efforts.


The Bone Collector’s Boy
This is an immigration story, by Paul Yee, about a 14-year-old boy who immigrates to BC in 1907.

A Cowherd in Paradise: From China to Canada
May Q. Wong’s account of the remarkable lives of her parents, Wong Guey Dang (1902–1983) and Jiang Tew Thloo (1911–2002). They were married for over half a century, and forced to live apart for 25 years due to exclusionary immigration laws in Canada.


Cedar and Bamboo
A film created by the CCHSBC. Chinese people arrived on the Western shores of Canada many generations ago. Since then, they have formed unique relations and shared many experiences with this land's indigenous people. Cedar and Bamboo explores those relationships through the lives of four people of Chinese and Aboriginal roots.

Interview with Larry Grant
Larry Grant (Musqueam and Chinese Canadian) reflects on his mixed heritage and the relations between Chinese Canadians and First Nations people in BC.


“Forgotten Ties”, Hunter, Justine. Globe and Mail. 5/9/15
First Nations people and Chinese immigrants have enjoyed a symbiotic relationship since before B.C. joined Confederation. Now, archeologists are chronicling this chapter of history by documenting sites where the two communities lived together.


Bonita Mar and Lena Lee (3:26)
This video is about the oldest butcher shop in Victoria’s Chinatown owned by the Quan family.

Reta Der, Corinne Wong and Gerald Quan (5:45)
This video is about Yee Lun Ark Kee. His was the only import-export business in Victoria’s Chinatown in the late 19th century

Vancouver’s Chinatown: Past, Present and Future (13:05)


Gold Mountain Quest
This interactive game features a small mining town, and the Chinese Canadians who lived and worked there. The game enables players to experience life as a Chinese Canadian youth in 1910 in the fictional town of Gold Mountain.

Pages from the Past
This interactive game focuses on historical perspective. We see the world through the values and life choices of four fictional Chinese characters that lived between the 1850s and the 1940s. Students earn rewards by offering sound advice that is respectful of the historical realities and personal aspirations of each character.

Teaching Resource Kit: Cumberland's Chinatown
Cumberland’s Chinatown was once a thriving and bustling community for Asian-Canadian miners. This kit is available for grades 3 through 7.

Victoria’s Victoria
This website was created by University of Victoria students. It covers various topics and themes in Victoria’s history.


CBC Television: Japanese Canadians: The Long Journey Home (9:15)


A full list of the discriminatory legislation in BC
This site lists discriminatory legislation in BC from 1872 to 1948.

Internment and Redress: Japanese Canadians

Statement of Apology to Former Students of Indian Residential Schools

Where are the Children? Healing the Legacy of the Residential Schools


Chinese Legacy BC
An online resource that provides information about the provincial apology and legacy initiatives that resulted from consultations with BC’s Chinese Canadian community in 2013-2014.

Chinese Historic Places Recognition Project (Heritage BC)
This webpage provides a description of the project and links to relevant information.

Chinese Historic Places Interactive Map (Heritage BC)
Learn more about the historic places nominated during the Chinese Historic Places Recognition Project including location, history and description, heritage values, images and links to more information.


Pioneer Booklist
A book list hosted by the Vancouver Public Library


Dim Sum Stories: A Chinatown Childhood
A memoir by Larry Wong, historian and past president of the Chinese Canadian Historical Society, about his 1940s-1960s childhood in Vancouver's Chinatown.

Stories from Collections by Paul Yee
Paul Yee has many collections of stories of the overseas Chinese, those people of Chinese origin who live and work in North America, and immigrant and locally-born Chinese Canadians.


The Historical Thinking Project: Historical Significance

Historical Significance Lesson from The Critical Thinking Consortium


The Critical Thinking Consortium: Explain the Image (1:56)
Using visual clues to develop informative explanations of images.


Canadian Primary Sources in the Classroom: 101 Teaching Ideas
This website provides ideas for using primary sources in the classroom. It has excellent guiding questions for students working with primary sources.

Collections Canada: The Kids’ Site of Canadian Settlement
This website includes general information on the history, daily life, and culture of Chinese Canadians. It is written for children in grades four to six.

The Governor’s Letters: Uncovering Colonial British Columbia
This is a prototype lesson for teaching students how to work with primary source documents. It is aimed at a higher grade level, so would have to be adapted for Grade 5.

Smithsonian: Engaging Students with Primary Sources
This document provides ideas and activities for teaching students how to use primary sources.