Did the Chinese discover North America 1000 years before Columbus?
“Who were BC's first seafarers?” is the cover feature on this week's Georgia Straight?
Daniel Wood writes a very interesting feature that addresses the Chinese legendary land of Fu Sang, interviews underwater acheologist enthusiast Tom Beasley, and explores the Gavin Menzies book 1421, the Year China Discovered the World.
I have written about connections between First Nations and Chinese people when Storyscapes was exploring the oral history of such meetings: Vancouver Storyscapes: Where the Chinese met the First Nations peoples
It's not unfathomable that the Chinese discovered North America first. Afterall, ancient Chinese civilization and science was much further advanced than European civilization circa 500 AD. According to Menzies, the Chinese had huge boats 5X the size of Columbus' flagship. A lot of trade and knowledge migrated to Japan from China, and Japanese glass fishing floats have regularly made their way to BC's shores, due to ocean currents.
I have often spoke with BC's First Nations people about Chinese-First Nations connections. Afterall, my mother's blood cousin is Rhonda Larrabee, chief of the Qayqayt (New Westminster) First Nations. Larry Grant, Musqueam elder, is half Chinese, like cousin Rhonda.
When I was up in Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), I spoke with Haida people about the shared “mongolian birthmark” that both Chinese and First Nations people are born with.
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