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By Yann Martel

From the mailbox of the leading Minister's workplace on your bookshelf, a listing of greater than a hundred books that each Canadian may still learn. This principally one-sided correspondence from the "loneliest publication membership within the world" is a compendium for bibliophiles and those that stick with the Canadian political scene. clever, subversive, signed, sealed, and now to be had to you...even in the event that your tackle isn't eighty Wellington road.

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By my focus on the day-to-day implementation of the law, disenfranchised Chinese Canadians appear as key political players in determining the head tax’s significance for Canada’s Chinese immigrant community. In contrast to the letter of the law, enforcement of the head tax was arbitrary, and Chinese Canadians in British Columbia found many ways to influence enforcement of the head tax policy. The Chinese head tax did more than levy a fee of two years’ wages on all new Chinese immigrants who were not merchants, students, or diplomats.

Many Chinese transactions required a bribe: merchant entry, certificate to visit the United States, entry of family members, reentry. 140 The threat of anti-Asian violence prompted Yip and Lew to increase their bribes in hopes of winning political favor, which raised the price of illegal immigration by at least one-third. 141 In September, a white anti-Asian riot in Vancouver increased the political risk to Yip’s Anglo allies. Ten thousand whites marched in a protest parade against Asian immigration.

83 Ensnared in the head tax’s bureaucratic maze, they hoped that the official interpreter would help free them—or at least not hinder them. 87 Merchants’ wives and children also did not have to pay Chinese head taxes. In contrast, Chinese workers often found bringing families from China unaffordable. 88 Most Chinese n egotiating p rotection | 25 arrivals continued to pay the head tax, but Yip’s control of the interpreter post enabled him to preside over extensive graft and fraud. When David Lew challenged Yip On, he also challenged the Yip family’s backers on both sides of the racial divide.

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