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Canadian Holy War: A Story of Clans, Tongs, Murder, and by Ian MacDonald, Betty O'Keefe

By Ian MacDonald, Betty O'Keefe

Scottish nursemaid Janet Smith was once the sufferer of a 1924 tragedy that ignited racial pressure in a truly younger Vancouver. on the center of the difficulty have been the mysterious conditions surrounding Smith's demise, rather the truth that the single different grownup in the home on the time used to be the chinese language houseboy. while Smith's dying was once by means of the assassination of Davie Lew, a well known chinese language guy, it in simple terms reinforced the ecu view that Vancouver's Asian group used to be a hotbed of violence and corruption.

Newspaper editors and such a lot of Vancouver's white group raised an outcry, charging the police with incompetence and significant arrests, whereas Presbyterian indignation known as for legislation and order in addition to an finish to chinese language immigration. prior to the summer time was once over, the tongs of Chinatown and the clans of Canada's West Coast have been set to shield their very own, and one Scottish minister went as far as to claim it a time of "holy war."

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