Anthony B. Chan, Professor of Communication at the University of Washington, reviews The Oriental Question: Consolidating a White Man’s Province, 1914-41. The book is about the attempt of many European Canadians to prevent Asian immigration and presence in Canada by enacting harsh racist laws and media images. The text also focuses on the European idea that Asians were unable to assimilate into “a white man’s province,” partly due to the “sojourner” mentality, in which Chinese immigrants intended to return to China after making enough money. As a whole, this book includes comprehensive evidence of racism in Canada from 1914-1941.
Read the book review at https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1747-7379.2006.00015.x.