The contributions of Asians is often excluded from history books.
In parts of British Columbia, its as if these Asians didn’t exist at all.
Vice reports there’s barely a trace of Chinese miners, even though historians say the Chinese miners began working 25 years before any Whites.
The official plaque in Granite City is reminiscent of the Golden Spike ceremony in Promontory Summit, Utah excluding Chinese American railroad workers.
The plaque at Granite City honors a cowboy named Johnny Chance as a founder of the boom town, but makes no mention of the Chinese miners.
Full names of White miners who died in work related accidents are listed, but the Chinese victims are referred by only racial slurs as if their lives didn’t matter.
Graves at historical cemeteries with Chinese miners are without any markers. Sometimes their relatives in China would pay scammers to send the bodies back to China. Instead the scammers would take the money and only dump the bones in a bone shed.
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