Head Tax film: Karen Cho's IN THE SHADOW OF GOLD MOUNTAIN on Rough Cuts on CBC Jan 3 & 7
Karen Cho's IN THE SHADOW OF GOLD MOUNTAIN
is an incredible film that examines the hardships faced by Chinese Canadian pioneers who paid the head tax, and endured the Chinese Exclusion Act, and harsh rascist climate of Canada.
Karen is a Eurasian-Canadian, of both Chinese and British ancestry. In the movie, she shares that her British grandparents and family are more outraged at the injustice of the head tax and exclusion act and the refusal of the Canadian government to make redress, than her Chinese side of the family.
IN THE SHADOW OF GOLD MOUNTAIN
airs on Rough Cuts on CBC Newsworld on Tuesday Jan. 3rd at 10pm ET, 1am ET and 4am ET. or…. 7pmPT, 10pmPT and 1amPT).
It repeats on Sat. Jan. 7th at 3pm ET, 10pm ET and 1am ET (adjust minus three hours for Pacific time zone).
It is an incredible film that brought tears to my eyes, and excellent look at the hardships faced by Canada's Chinese forbears, the impact of head-tax and exclusion and how the mighty Lo Wah Kiu (old overseas Chinese) overcame it all. When my girlfriend of British-Canadian ancestry watched the film last fall, she was amazed and angry that the country she grew up in and loves, could have such a deliberately racist history, and still refuse to address redress issues.
Interviews with Charlie Quan, Roy Mah, Gim Wong and Hanson Lau and some music by Sean Gunn, writer of the song “Head Tax Blues.”
Please tell your friends to watch this film documentary,
Also check out:
Todd Wong's short review of In the Shadow of Gold Mountain and his description of meeting Karen Cho at the Vancouver premiere.
Toronto Star Nov 6, 2004 Interview of Karen Cho
Immigrants from China recall woes for Karen Cho Film won't let us Canadians forget `skeletons in closet'
by Nicholas Keung
Settling the Score: Hope for redress in the Year of the Rooster
by Sean Rossiter (includes interview with Gim Wong, who was featured in the Karen Cho documentary “Shadow of Gold Mountain”)
REDRESSING THE PAST OF THE LO WAH KUI
(includes interview of film maker Karen Cho, Sid Tan and Mary-Woo Sims)
articles and pictures of 83-year old Gim Wong and his Ride For Redress across Canada