Engaging Evenings: In Search of Gold Mountain


Date: Feb 6
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Where: Theatre
Cost: Free Event!
Lecture

"Gold Mountain" is the term used by Chinese-Canadians and the people of China to refer to North America. It was first used in the 19th Century to describe the potential wealth in North America from mining gold, and various other business ventures.

Between 1906 to 1949, the Dominion of Newfoundland imposed a discriminatory immigration policy (the NL Chinese Head Tax). During that time period, over 400 Chinese men made the journey to the Dominion of Newfoundland from Kwangtung province during the early half of the last century. Gordon Jin's father, uncle and many other Chinese men paid a $300 head tax upon entry to the Dominion of Newfoundland, then endured many hardships as they struggled to make this their first home in this country. Gordon Jin will share one such story of his family's struggle during this time period and beyond.

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