WWW.SALTWATERCITY.BC.CA 2007

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA

........By 1863 over 4,000 Chinese lived in BC, filling jobs shunned by whites: miners, road builders, teamsters, laundry men, restauranteurs, domestic servants, and cannery workers. Between 1881 & 1885 17,000 more arrived, most imported to build the transcontinental railway. They were to create, in Vancouver, Canada's largest & most dynamic Chinese Community, known to its original inhabitants as Saltwatercity..........
the name that the early Chinese gave Vancouver to differentiate from the old mainland city of New Westminster by the fresh water Fraser River.

- quote from the Book SALTWATERCITY,
An illustrated History of Chinese in Vancouver, author, Paul Yee

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