JAPANESE immigration to BC began in 1877 with the arrival of Manzo Nagano, a sailor who jumped ship in NEW WESTMINSTER. Nagano, who later owned a store and hotel in VICTORIA, was followed by a small number of mostly male Japanese sojourners who remained temporarily. In 1891, for example, a group of 100 labourers came to work in the COAL mines at CUMBERLAND. In 1895 Japanese residents, whether or not they were Canadian citizens, were denied the provincial vote and, as a result, the federal and...

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