“Whatever your lot was, that was your lot”: Chinese-Canadian Women at Work in the Vancouver Area, 1880-1945.”

To launch an exhibition at Access Art Gallery, I wrote a short essay describing the experiences of Chinese-Canadian working women in the period 1880-1945 in Vancouver. Beginning with a meditation at the Chinese Canadian War Monument on nationhood and belonging, I spiral outwards geographically and metaphorically into the realm of the lesser known stories. Original archival research completed at the Vancouver Public Library Special Collections and Multicultural History Society of Ontario.