History of Awakening:
Canada Day 145th Anniversary Celebrations in Chinatown
SFU David Lam Centre’s director, Dr. Paul Crowe, gave a speech at Canada Day 145th Anniversary Celebrations in Chinatown on June 29th, 2012. He talked about Chinese Canadian history, a subject the David Lam Centre at SFU has invested considerable time and effort in bringing to the attention of students in excellent public schools and to the broader Canadian and international public. He specifically addressed two significant moments in Canada’s history: First, the decision to close Canada to the Chinese through the Chinese Immigration Act of 1923 and second, the decision to repeal that act forty-four years later. In doing so the Chinese were able to participate more fully in the life of contributing their intelligence and industry to Canada’s literary and artistic richness, intellectual strength and the collective prosperity.