We’ve been helping one of our colleagues research all sorts of interesting historic stuff on the Chinese in Canada… the racist laws that were made, and the profiting by government over the Chinese head tax.
To capture the flavour of the day – on how the Chinese were so ‘warmly’ received here in British Columbia… we found this old Province newspaper headline dating back to February 8, 1910.
We’ve cleaned up the crappy scan for all of us in 2011, to view.
The headline reads:
“CHINESE NEW YEAR BEGINS TONIGHT”
Going clockwise from the top left corner, we see an old Chinese guy with a long queue (ponytail) giving an apple to a couple of young kids, the caption reads:
The children are great favorites during the holidays
note over the childrens’ shoulders is peering an elderly chinese gentlemen… with a long fu manchu beard!
Next, we find a mother holding onto the hand of a young one, dressed in fine Chinese clothing, the caption reads:
Frescoed for the occasion
note the stunned man smoking a cigar, looking back at the mother and child.
… next, we find some Chinese men playing musical instruments, the caption reads,
They call this Music!
“Bang… Bang … Bang … Bang”
At the bottom right, we find a Beaver shaking hands (paws?… claws?) with a Dragon! and the artist’s signature.
Early Chinese + Canadian friendship, eh?
At the bottom of the image, we see a Chinese man sucking back a huge pot of Gin, the caption reads,
What a Cinch –– Ten days of This
His queue is morphed into a smiling dragon, with a tongue sticking out! Owch!
… And at the center, we find two Chinese men shaking hands.
Note the guns in their back pockets!
The caption reads,
The “Gunmen” always call off Hostile Ties during the New Year Festivities
Ah… the old past.
What a crazy world we live in.
Happy New Year of the Rabbit to you all!