Successful Dec 18 meeting for head tax payers and descendants
A good meeting today with lots of action and movement. Sid counted
about 85 people attending our meeting. I chaired, with interpretation
from Gabriel, and Joseph. Also speaking were Sid, Foon, Thekla and
our special Toronto guest Dora Nipp.
We followed the agenda with a few additions which were:
1 – Do we organize officially under the societies act and with what name – generally the answer was Yes – and same name
2 – Eric Chan is doing a documentary and interviewing people willing to share stories about head tax and exclusion
3 – Talk by Dora Nipp, and what is happening in Toronto and Ontario
4 – Cynthia is doing an art project and would like copies of head tax certifcate images
Lots of people commented on what we could
do. They brought photocopies of head tax certificates, and they signed
petitions, and they took petitions and information sheets home with
Our strategy for the Christmas break is to go enjoy our
parties with families and friends, and share with them the head tax
redress issues. It is important that our numbers will grow.
In January we will:
1 – hold workshops on how to research your family head tax certificate
2 – hold information sessions/meetings on head issues as we have been doing.
3 – collect stories on head tax payers and descendants
4 – organize all-candidate meetings on head tax issues.
Our next meeting will be January 8th – 1:30pm
Sunday at Quan Lung Sai Tong Association
164 East Hastings St. – just across the lane from Carnegie Centre.
For more information
please contact myself Todd Wong 604-240-7090
or Sid Tan 604-433-6169