Chinese Canadians and First Nations peoples (not mutually exclusive)

Zuky, now a Vancouverite and tumblogger, brings us news from the West Coast:

The Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC produced this short video explaining their project “Chinese Canadians and First Nations: 150 Years of Shared Experience”. The project was actually initiated by two UBC students of aboriginal ancestry, Amy Perreault and Karrmen Crey, who produced a short video entitled “Why Do Indians Like Chinese Food?”. When Karrmen Crey was growing up, her father used to tell her, “Do you know why Indians like Chinese food? Because Chinese restaurants were the only restaurants we were allowed in to eat.”

This is a trailer for Cedar and Bamboo, a 22-minute documentary exploring stories of people of Chinese and First Nations ancestry.

I was wondering why the older lady in the video had an accent if she was born in Vancouver, and then I realized that she grew up overseas in a Cantonese-speaking society and then returned to Vancouver when she was an adult.

One Response to “Chinese Canadians and First Nations peoples (not mutually exclusive)”

  1. Brandi Alphonse Says:

    I always mistaken First Nations for Chinese people.. I am First Nations from Kelowna and your video answered one of my questions on why most of my family and I look Chinese haha!.. I think my dad looks the most Chinese though and so does his dad ( my grandpa ).
    But I am wondering why do my elders deny that we have Chinese ancestors right away? They don’t even think of it even though they look totally Chinese :'(


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