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Contesting White Supremacy
School Segregation, Anti-Racism, and the Making of Chinese Canadians
Timothy J. Stanley  

$97.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 2/15/2011
ISBN: 9780774819312    

$36.95 Paperback
Release Date: 7/1/2011
ISBN: 9780774819329    

344 Pages


About the Book

Winner, 2012 Clio Award - British Columbia, Canadian Historical Association.

Winner Founder's Prize for the best English language book 2010-2012, Canadian History of Education Association

In 1922-23, Chinese students in Victoria, British Columbia, went on strike to protest a school board’s attempt to impose racial segregation. Their resistance was unexpected at the time, and it runs against the grain of mainstream accounts of Asian exclusion in Canada, which tend to ignore the agency of the excluded.

Contesting White Supremacy offers an alternative reading of the history of racism in British Columbia, one based on Chinese sources and perspectives. Employing an innovative theory of racism and anti-racism to explain the strike and document its antecedents, Timothy Stanley demonstrates that by the 1920s migrants from China and their BC-born children actively resisted policy makers’ efforts to organize white supremacy into the very texture of life. The education system in particular served as an arena where white supremacy confronted Chinese nationalist schooling and where parents and students rejected the idea of being either Chinese or Canadian and instead invented a new category -- Chinese Canadian -- to define their identity.

By shifting the focus from discourses about the Chinese to discourses of the Chinese, this compelling narrative of adaptation and agency and racism and rejection offers a truly anti-racist alternative to nationalist narratives and paradigms.

About the Author(s)

Timothy J. Stanley is a professor of anti-racism education and education foundations at the Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Note on Chinese Terminology
Introduction: Questioning the Existence of the World

1 The 1922-23 Students’ Strike

Part 1: Racism

2 Anti-Chinese Racism and the Colonial Project of British Columbia
3 Racializing ‘the Chinese,’ Racializing ‘the Canadian’
4 Schooling and the Organization of Racist State Formation
5 The Chinese Archipelago in Canada and the Consequences of Racialized Exclusion

Part 2: Anti-Racism

6 Resisting Racialization and the Invention of Chinese Canadians
7 Making Inclusions and Chinese Nationalist State Formation in Canada
8 Mitigating Racism through Chinese Nationalist Schooling
9 Anti-Essentialist Anti-Racisms and the Resistances of Odd Places

Conclusion: Anti-Racism, History, and the Significance of Chinese Canadians

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A crucial contribution to scholarship. Featuring thorough documentation and previously underutilized Chinese-language sources, Stanley shows how white supremacy and anti-Chinese politics shaped the development of BC schools. He breaks new ground by analyzing how racism helped create a set of a consciously ‘Chinese Canadians,’ who were able to organize against discrimination and exclusion. In a world that continues to dehumanize those who are the targets of racism by reducing them to their victimization, Stanley provides an understanding of how individuals organized in resistance to white supremacy and used new forms of identity to claim a belonging for Chinese in Canada.
-- Henry Yu, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of British Columbia

Sample Chapter

Front Matter and Introduction [PDF]

Related Topics

BC Studies
Asian Studies

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