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Colony to kingdom? Isolationism to internationalism? WASP society to a multicultural Canada?  concentrating on imperial conflicts within the Pacific, Orienting Canada disrupts those everyday narratives in Canadian background by way of tracing the connection among racism and Canadian overseas coverage. Grounded in transnationalism and anti-racist thought, this e-book reassesses severe transpacific incidents, from the 1907 race riots to Canada’s early intervention in Vietnam. stunning revelations in regards to the results of racism and battle into the Sixties are tempered via tales of group resilience and transformation. As a transpacific lens at the previous, Orienting Canada deflects Canada’s ecu gaze again onto itself to bare pictures that either galvanize and unsettle

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The ship anchored in Burrard Inlet, but, with the exception of twenty passengers who were returning residents, no one was allowed to land. For nearly two months, a running battle raged between the passengers and Canadian officials as the authorities tried to force the ship to leave. The Sikh community rallied behind their South-Asian brethren on the ship, providing food and legal support. 67 On 21 July, in its first official commission, the fledgling Royal Canadian Navy sent the HMCS Rainbow to Burrard Inlet, where it trained its guns on the Komagata Maru.

In the end, however, the GMD decided not to carry on the war, and soon Japanese forces controlled most of the region, establishing the puppet kingdom of Manchukuo and enthroning the last Chinese emperor, Pu Yi. The invasion provoked much resentment among Chinese abroad. 112 Prologue to War 33 The Canadian government did little to support China at this time, refusing to establish diplomatic relations with China until 1942. Consular services were under the jurisdiction of Canada’s legation in Japan.

93 Across the Pacific, however, was also Japan. Japan’s representatives at Versailles had won their demand for further concessions in China, but this, and the Japanese military’s prolonged occupation of Siberia as part of the Allied intervention against the Soviet Union, raised warning flags among its imperial rivals. As Antony Best shows in his study of British military intelligence between the wars, racism remained strong within the British defence and foreign policy communities. ” Meighen’s motivations for actively advocating abrogation are not difficult to ascertain.

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