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date: 16 May 2021

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Understanding the history of Asian migrations to Canada must be done not as a simple comparative parallel to Asian American history, but placed within the multiple contexts of global processes of migration, colonialism, and the use of anti-Asian politics to build white settler nations. Transpacific migrants themselves have played a crucial role in creating the different trajectories of Asian Canadian and Asian American history, producing local and national differences as well as parallels. Adopting the perspectives of Asian Canadian history also increases an awareness of engagements between Asian migrants and indigenous peoples and the importance of colonialism and decolonization that is often more difficult to conceptualize in Asian American historiography.

Keywords: Asian Canadian colonialism, continuous journey/continuous passage, head tax, Japanese Canadian, removal/internment, Filipino/a Canadian, Gentleman's Agreement, Gold Mountain, educational migration/mobility

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