There are several reasons for declaring this event as having national significance: Through enlisting, they overcame racial barriers and showed their determination to win their citizenship rights through military service. Their valour was recognized in the awarding of 11 Military Medals for Bravery to Japanese Canadian soldiers. Fifty-four, or nearly one-fourth of the Japanese Canadian soldiers were killed on the battlefield or died from wounds sustained in combat, and most of the surviving soldiers were also wounded. It is a distinctive monument that blends both European and Eastern design traditions. Despite their distinguished war service, many groups in BC reacted negatively to extending the franchise to the Japanese Canadian veterans and forced the government of Premier Oliver to withdraw its amendment to the BC Elections Act that would have granted them the provincial vote. At the end of that debate, they succeeded in attaining the provincial franchise by a single vote in a division of the legislative assembly.
From the time Chinese first arrived in British Columbia in until , they were like any other migrants: they occupied lower paid jobs. While people of. Uncommon valour. Reluctant heroes. Unsung soldiers. These are the phrases that describe the Chinese-Canadian men and women who took.
From the time Chinese first arrived in British Columbia in until , they were like any other migrants:
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Despite such obstacles and the injustice and discrimination they faced, some Chinese Canadians volunteered for military service to prove their loyalty to Canada, some of them travelling outside British Columbia to find a place that would allow them to enlist.