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Social Science Asian American Studies

A White Man's Province

British Columbia Politicians and Chinese and Japanese Immigrants 1858-1914

by (author) Patricia E. Roy

UBC Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2007
Asian American Studies, Post-Confederation (1867-), Discrimination & Race Relations
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    Jan 1989
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    Jan 1989
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Patricia E. Roy is the winner of the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award, Canadian Historical Association.


A White Man’s Province examines how British Columbians changed their attitudes towards Asian immigrants from one of toleration in colonial times to vigorous hostility by the turn of the century and describes how politicians responded to popular cries to halt Asian immigration and restrict Asian activities in the province.

About the author


  • Winner, Patricia E. Roy is the recipient of the Canadian Historical Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for 2013.

Contributor Notes

Patricia E. Roy is a professor in the Department of History at the University of Victoria. She is the author of two other books on Asian-Canadian immigration and discrimination, The Oriental Question and The Triumph of Citizenship.

Editorial Reviews

An essential (read) for anybody concerned to understand Canadian history between Confederation and World War I.

The Beaver

History, by definition, is supposed to elucidate and illuminate the lessons of the past. The best history brings the past alive, allowing the people who lived to speak once again, to tell their story to a (presumably) more enlightened age. A White Man’s Province is good history. What we learn from it is up to us.

The Globe and Mail

Roy’s solid well-researched book helps us understand the response of British Columbia’s politicians to Chinese and Japanese immigration.

Pacific Northwest Quarterly

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