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Making the Inscrutable, Scrutable: Race and Space in Victoria’s Chinatown, 1891  

By Jason A. Gilliland, Donald J. Lafreniere, John Sutton Lutz, Patrick A. Dunae

Terms | race and racism geography chinese Victoria

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Inside Chinatown: Ancient Culture in a New World

This book is like an open house for all benevolent and family associations to Victoria’s Chinatown, the oldest in Canada. The reader is introduced to each society and its purpose, through many photographs, some never...

By Larry Wong

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Chinese Community Leadership: Case Study of Victoria in Canada

I am particularly interested in this volume, having been born in Vancouver’s Chinatown in 1938 and having a father who was treasurer of a district association. He was a shirt tailor, and I remember in...

By Larry Wong

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Peter O’Reilly: The Rise of a Reluctant Immigrant

  Peter O’Reilly, third son of a landed Anglo-Irish family with estates in County Meath (Ireland) and Lancashire (England), immigrated to Vancouver Island early in 1859. He was thirty-two years of age and had served...

By Cole Harris

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Forestry and Biodiversity: Learning How to Sustain Biodiversity in Managed Forests

 “No more clear-cuts!” So announced MacMillan Bloedel CEO Tom Stephens in a dramatic 1998 policy shift. The gap between global social expectations and the firm’s perceived destructive logging practices, primarily the accusation that it over-harvested pristine...

By David Brownstein

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A Thousand Dreams: Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and the Fight for Its Future

A Thousand Dreams is a very thorough, if partisan, overview of the events in the Downtown Eastside (DES) over the last twenty years. The partisan aspect is due to the overwhelming voice of Larry Campbell...

By Gordon Roe

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The Aquaculture Controversy in Canada: Activism, Policy, and Contested Science

There are few issues in British Columbia more divisive than aquaculture. With their new book, Nathan Young and Ralph Matthews provide a timely, well-documented, and clearly articulated step back from the aquaculture fray. The impetus...

By Jaime Yard

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Historical Dictionary of the Discovery and Exploration of the Northwest Coast of America

The fourth in a series of historical dictionaries from the Scarecrow Press, Robin Inglis’s Historical Dictionary meets the standard set by its predecessors. In a good, general introduction (there are no citations or notes), Inglis...

By I.S. MacLaren

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BravO! The History of Opera in British Columbia

  If you think the drama of opera takes place primarily on the stage, BravO! will open a new world to you. In her finely documented history Cunningham takes us from the Bianchi Italian Opera...

By Jane Hastings

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Profit and Ambition, The North West Company and the Fur Trade 1779-1821

This booklet was published to accompany the Canadian Museum of Civilization’s current exhibition (by the same name), which ends 6 February 2011. It is more than just a catalogue because, in addition to the superb...

By Marie Elliott

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Greenscapes: Olmsted’s Pacific Northwest

This book is about John Charles Olmsted, the nephew cum stepson of Frederick Law Olmsted Sr., the renowned landscape architect of New York’s Central Park. The senior Olmsted created an urban plan for Tacoma in...

By Larry McCann

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Voices of British Columbia: Stories from Our Frontier

Robert Budd has done us all a tremendous favour by turning serious attention to the almost thousand interviews CBC journalist Imbert Orchard conducted with a wide range of British Columbians between 1959 and 1966. The...

By Jean Barman

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Burlesque West: Showgirls, Sex, and Sin in Postwar Vancouver

Feather boas and glamorous stage shows, breast implants and stripper poles: these images of postwar Vancouver nightlife in Burlesque West reflect the contradictory cultural status of striptease. Although striptease was defined by various experts as...

By Lara Campbell

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Living Proof: The Essential Data-Collection Guide for Indigenous Use-and-Occupancy Map Surveys

Do maps speak for themselves? Terry Tobias insists that indigenous land use and occupancy maps must speak loudly and clearly, and he demonstrates that they can if rigorous research and methodological standards are followed. Tobias...

By Thomas McIlwraith



Emma Battell Lowman received her MA in History from the University of Victoria in 2008 and is currently a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of Warwick (UK). Her research focus is the application of Indigenous methodologies to missionary histories in British Columbia.

Sean Carleton is a doctoral student in the Frost Centre for Canadian and Indigenous Studies at Trent University. His current research examines the relationship between colonialism, capitalism, and the rise of state schooling in British Columbia.

Patrick A. Dunae is a research associate at Vancouver Island University and adjunct associate professor in History at the University of Victoria. A native of Victoria, he is interested in digital humanities, public history, heritage conservation and the built environment. He is editor of the Vancouver Island digital archive, viHistory.ca.

Jason A. Gilliland is an associate professor and director of the Urban Development Program in the Department of Geography at the University of Western Ontario. His professional and academic background is in architecture, urban planning and human geography and his research can be characterized as an integration of all three disciplines. His recent publications include historical gis studies of Montreal and London, Ontario.

Donald J. Lafreniere is a Vanier Canada Scholar and PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at the University of Western Ontario. His research focuses on the uses of gis to explore the daily activity spaces of Canadians in nineteenth-century Canadian cities. He is chair of the Historical Geography Network of the Social Science History Association.

John S. Lutz is an associate professor in the Department of History at the University of Victoria. He has written extensively on topics relating to racial discourse and Indigenous-European Contact, and is the author of Makúk: A New History of Aboriginal White Relations (2008). He is a co-director of the internet-based teaching project, Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History.

Karen Bridget Murray is an associate professor of Political Science at York University where she researches and teaches in the areas of urban governance, women and politics, and Canadian government. Long before Karen was born, her mother and grandmother lived and “made space” together in the area now known as Grandview-Woodland.

Robert Russo is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Law of the University of British Columbia. For the past five years, Mr. Russo has been studying the application of national and international laws to temporary migrant workers in Canada with recent publications in Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues, International Journal of Human and Social Science, and The Law and Business Review of the Americas. His current focus is on the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program and Temporary Foreign Worker Program for agricultural workers.