Considering Gum Shan

Discussion Questions

  1. Examine the tone and language used by Douglas in his despatch. What does it reveal about his perspective on the colony’s affairs and his role as governor?
  2. How did transportation challenges impact the development of British Columbia?
  3. How did the Cariboo Gold Rush affect the Indigenous population of British Columbia?
  4. Analyze Hazlitt’s portrayal of the miners’ experiences. What challenges did they face, and what does this tell us about the realities of gold mining?
  5. How did the experiences of Chinese migrants in British Columbia differ from those of other groups of migrants?
  6. What was the significance of Barkerville’s Chinese legacy within the regional and trans-Pacific context? How does it reflect the broader narrative of Chinese-Canadian history?
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