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Crossing Borders, Removing Barriers – Part I

Crossing Borders, Removing Barriers – Part I

Crossing Borders, Removing Barriers is a free resource for teachers.

Low Yuet Wing was the first of the Lowe family to arrive in Canada in 1913 from Toishan, Guanghai, China. Without any family abroad, he sailed across the Pacific, likely with mixed emotions of fear and excitement. As the Gold Rush of the 1870’s generated lots of hope for him escaping poverty and war in China, the allure of opportunity in the West (known as “Gum Shan” or “gold mountain”) was very appealing as he was sent abroad to work on the Canadian Pacific Railway.”

Based on the real life story of the Great Grandfather of Lorraine Lowe, Executive Director of Dr Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden, it highlights issues surrounding early Chinese immigration to Canada as experienced through his eyes.

This resource is based around the BC Social Studies curriculum and is aimed at Grade 5 level but with options for extension questions for higher grades.

There are 3 lessons:
Lesson 1: Early Chinese Immigration

Lesson 2: Life in Canada

Lesson 3: Human Rights


Part II of this project explores the evolution of Chinese Canadian identity and responses to discrimination from the mid-1900s to early 2000s with a focus on Len Lowe and Lorraine Lowe. Continue with Crossing Borders and Removing Barriers Part II when your class is ready.

With thanks to the Lowe family, our teacher-advisors and our education and design team!


Find all the links found in these resources here, including links referred to in Lesson 3: Human Rights plus other resource sites.



A classroom kit will be available with reproductions of the photos and articles in the worksheets, plus other materials needed for the activities in the worksheets.

This resource will be free to rent and teachers will be able to pick it up at the Chinese Garden.

More details soon.