This article is part of a series the CIC has offered to host commissioned by the China Policy Centre, in cooperation with the University of Alberta’s China Institute, and the support of Global Affairs Canada.
The history of early Canada-China relations is best told in the lives of the intrepid Chinese, Canadians and Chinese Canadians who made it, the energetic people who sailed across the Pacific, west to east and east to west. The history of Canada China relations was founded on people, and on people to people connections.
Diana Lary is professor emerita of History at the University of British Columbia. She has written extensively on Modern Chinese History and on the History of Migration. She was once the Resident Sinologist at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing.