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Brokering BelongingChinese in Canada's Exclusion Era, 1885-1945$
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Lisa Rose Mar

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199733132

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199733132.001.0001

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Popularizing Politics

Popularizing Politics

The Anti-Segregation Movement as Social Revolution

(p.69) Three Popularizing Politics
Brokering Belonging

Lisa Rose Mar

Oxford University Press

Following the First World War, global movements for anti-colonial nationalism inspired great numbers of ordinary Chinese to political action in new social movements that challenged traditional brokers. These movements began to alter both Canadian race relations and Chinese community politics. For one year, from September 1922 to September 1923, at least three to four thousand Chinese in British Columbia joined an anti-segregation movement, defying both white authorities and powerful Chinese leaders to demand equal education in the public schools. Through civil disobedience, protesters clashed with pro-segregationists determined to separate Asian and white children. Thus, a protest that started with a school boycott grew into a greater struggle over defining the limits of popular democracy.

Keywords:   Chinese nationalism, school segregation, race relations, social movements, anti-colonial nationalism, Chinese diaspora, Chinese Canadians

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