Exhibit looks at Chinese life on CP ocean liners

Learn about the contributions Chinese-Canadians have made to B.C.’s maritime heritage at Floating on the Margins: Chinese Life on the Canadian Pacific Passenger Liners, an exhibit at the Maritime Museum of B.C.

The exhibit includes iconic CP posters for Asian destinations, photographs, immigration documents, ticket stubs and old newspapers.

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It’s all part of celebrations for the 155th anniversary of Victoria’s Chinatown.

Items on display are from the Maritime Museum and the University of B.C.’s collection of early immigration and settlement memorabilia, along with artifacts from Wallace and Madeleine Chung.

“We’re pleased and excited to have items on loan to the Maritime Museum of B.C. from the Chung collection,” said Sarah Romkey, UBC archivist of rare books and special collections.

“We’re looking forward to telling visitors about this fascinating exhibition.”

The exhibit illustrates the lives of early Chinese-Canadian sailors and passengers on the Canadian Pacific passenger liners.

It tells the story of 19th-century Chinese immigration and the development of maritime interests on the B.C. coast.

The exhibit can be seen during regular hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, until Aug. 28 at the museum, located in Bastion Square. For more information, go to mmbc.bc.ca.

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