Raising the Head Tax On Immigrnats:
Another Brick in the Wall
Remember the head tax in the Chinese Immigration
Act? Well, it obviously hasn't stemmed the tide of Asian immigration
enough to please the legislators. The federal government decides to raise
its tax on immigrants.
The tax is raised to $500 in time when most Chinese make less than a
dollar a day.
Chinese Immigration Act, S.C. 1903 c. 8 S.6
Historical material includes:
"White Man's Burden advertisement: Excerpt from Report of the
Royal Commission on Chinese and Japanese Immigration"
The more things change...
In the 1900's, some Canadians view Orientals as an inferior race. In
the 1980's, controversial University of Waterloo Professor Philip Rushton
claims that his research suggests that Orientals are superior to Caucasians,
who in turn are superior to Blacks. Racism, it is said, never really changes
its goals, just its targets. "My own experience leads me to believe
that the good Chinese are something like good Indians - dead...but such
as he [the Chinaman] is, he solves the great servant girl problem in British
Columbia... without him housekeeping would be an impossibility."
Excerpt from Canadian Magazine, 1900.