Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Members of Calgary’s Chinese community pay tribute to Chinese railroad workers


Calgary, June 2: Members of Calgary’s Chinese community paid tribute to Chinese railroad workers Friday, in a Canada Day wreath-laying ceremony.

When British Columbia joined Canada in 1871, Canada agreed to extend the railroad all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

It took 17,000 Chinese men a little over four years to finish it.

During construction, over 4,000 died in landslides and premature blasting.

Organizers of Friday’s event said it’s important to remember the sacrifices those men made.

“In our culture, we always remember our predecessors and ancestors before us, and what they did for us,” said Sydney Woo.

Woo immigrated to Canada in 1966. He said his grandfather and other relatives experienced racism in both Canada and the U.S., so much so that his grandfather returned to China for his retirement.

But for Woo, and subsequent generations of Chinese-Canadians, things got better.

“We enjoy Canada today, which is a very peaceful country and a good life,” he said. “The life here is really good. It’s almost like heaven to me.”



Punjabi Khurki
Punjabi Khurki
Punjab is no longer just a state but a State of Mind: A way to live!! ...So Let's Burrraaah with Punjabi Khurki!

Share post:




More like this

Aman Arora felicitates 300 govt school students who excelled in board exams

Chandigarh/Sunam Udham Singh Wala, May 30: Cabinet Minister Mr Aman...

B.SC agriculture course to be resumed in govt Barjindra college Faridkot form this session

Chandigarh, May 30: Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker S. Kultar Singh...

Demands of PSPCL and PSTCL pensioners will be sympathetically considered: Harbhajan Singh ETO

Chandigarh, May 30: The legitimate demands of the pensioners of...