Halford Wilson Papers Regarding Japanese Penetration

Halford Wilson Papers Regarding Japanese Penetration


Title Proper PR0038 MS0012 BOX 2 FILE 08
Date(s) 1938
General material designation
This file contains a textual record.
Scope and content
This file contains two essays; “A Study in Black” in which the author complains about the alienation of timber and iron ore by Japanese-owned companies; and “Japanese Penetration in B.C.” (March 1938) by Mrs. C.L. Hilborn, the educational secretary at the West Vancouver chapter of the International Order of the Daughters of the Empire. Hilborn provides a brief history of Asian immigration to the province and the 1907 race riots in Vancouver before speculating on the types of people constitute immigrants. She continues with typical complaints about immigrant labour and makes gendered observations on dual income families. Hilborn describes Asian immigration as “warfare” and ends her essay with the Ogden Nash poem “The Japanese.”
Name of creator
Wilson, Halford David, 1904-1988 created this archive during his time as a Vancouver politician.
Immediate source of acquisition
The digital copies of the records were acquired by the Landscapes of Injustice Research Collective between 2014 and 2018.
This record was digitized in full.



Halford Wilson Papers Regarding Japanese Penetration
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