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Chinese Islanders O/P

Most early settlers to Prince Edward Island landed on our shores having just crossed an ocean. Islanders grew up on their stories: the hardships they encountered, the severe weather. But when we think of the early Chinese settlers who crossed an ocean, then were faced with making their way across the vast country of Canada before reaching the Island, it is practically unimaginable.

That the parochialism ofearlier times offered a less than welcoming introduction tothis Island makes me sad. Our folded arms deprived both sides of cultural enrichment, love, and compassion. At the sametime, the success stories and cultural riches brought by somany first-generation Chinese Islanders today leave me encouraged. We have moved comfortably into the 21st century withnew citizens dedicated to making the Island a better place to live - weather and all.


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