International Conference of Institutes and Libraries for Chinese Overseas Studies (WCILCOS) (5th : 2012)

Participation of Chinese pioneers in British Columbia salmon canneries, 1880s to 1920s Chiang, Rudy M.T.; 蔣, 汶德


It is generally accepted that the salmon canning industry in British Columbia could not have functioned without Chinese labourers. This study examines the economic contribution of Chinese workers, measured by their labour input for each carton of canned salmon produced. The period of study, from 1880s to 1920s, covers a time when canning was labour intensive. Salmon catch had to be discarded at peak season due to labour shortage. Short seasons and unsteady employment made experienced hands hard to retain. This gave rise to the Chinese contract system. To add a human dimension to the Chinese cannery pioneers, the name and the deeds of some Chinese contractors and their workers are presented.

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