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Mercantile Mobility: Chinese Merchants in Western Canada Exhibition

May 24, 2023 - March 29, 2024

Mercantile Mobility: Chinese Merchants in Western Canada

Curated by U of A alumna Helen Kwan Yee Cheung, this exhibition takes us on a journey through time, from the mid-nineteenth century to the end of the twentieth century, to explore what happened to Chinese immigrant workers after the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway, which they helped to build. The curator presents a new perspective on the history and contributions of Chinese immigrants in Canada by profiling those workers who started from the ground up to become merchants and considering how they progressed from mere survival to becoming successful as entrepreneurs. This exhibition examines the distinctive socio-economic landscape where this dynamic group carved out their own niche and quietly propelled the Canadian economy; it reveals how they helped to build communities through movements of products at the municipal, provincial, and global levels.  Their business ventures are explored through rare archival documents and images collected over a decade by the curator through a community-based process and through the ongoing acquisition efforts of Bruce Peel Special Collections.

The website for Bruce Peel Special Collections offers detailed information about this exhibition as well as information about research collections and Peel Workshops.

Date:
May 24, 2023 to March 29, 2024
Time:
Wednesdays, Thursday, and Fridays from 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Location:
Bruce Peel Special Collections
B7, Rutherford South Library, University of Alberta
T6G 2J4
https://bpsc.library.ualberta.ca/exhibits/mercantile-mobility
Audience:
  All Audiences
Categories:
  Exhibits
Contact: 780-492-5998
Email: bpsc@ualberta.ca

Details

Start:
May 24, 2023
End:
March 29

Organizer

University of Alberta

Venue

Bruce Peel Special Collections Library, Lower Level, Rutherford South
University of Alberta
Edmonton,
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Website:
https://bpsc.library.ualberta.ca/