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Columbia Journal logoVolume Ten, Number One   January 2005   www.columbiajournal.ca


    In the Shadow of Gold Mountain Gets Vancouver Premiere:
    Film Features Local Chinese Canadian Activists and Leaders

    Written, directed and narrated by Montreal film-maker Karen Cho, this
    43-minute National Film Board production sheds light on an era that shaped
    the identity of generations of Chinese in Canada. Ms. Cho, a fifth-
    generation Canadian of mixed heritage, takes us from Montreal to
    Vancouver to uncover stories from the last living survivors of The Chinese
    Head Tax and Chinese Exclusion Act: racist legislation that lasted from
    1885 until 1947. The legislation plunged the Chinese Canadian community
    into more than 62 years of debt and caused insufferable family separation.

    Charlie Quan, Roy Mah, Gim Wong and Hanson Lau, all Greater Vancouver
    residents, are featured in the film. There are also segments with
    Margaret Mitchell, the former Van East MP who brought this to Parliament
    and Libby Davies, the current Van East MP still pursuing redress on
    behalf of constituents. Also with shots on camera are current federal
    Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh, former Vancouver councilor Tung Chan,
    current Vancouver councilor Ellen Woodsworth and Mary-Woo Sims, former
    Chief Commissioner of the B. C. Human Rights Commission.

    Where: Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova, Vancouver
    When: 11:00am and 4:30pm, Sunday, November 21, 2004
    By donation - suggested $5.00.

    Ms. Karen Cho will be present at the Vancouver screenings.

    For more information about this film, please visit
    http://www.onf.ca/intheshadowofgoldmountain/

    This Vancouver premiere of a National Film Board film is presented by the
    Vancouver Association of Chinese Canadians (www.freewebs.com/vacc)
    with the assistance of the Chinese Canadian National Council (www.ccnc.ca)
    and National Anti-Racism Council of Canada (www.narcc.org).







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