By Patricia E. Roy
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That particular warning from Mr. Justice George A. 16 Maintaining an image of law and order was so important that in 1887 the legislature temporarily suspended the police powers of the young city of Vancouver when local police authorities seemed reluctant to enforce the law against a riotous mob which forcibly drove the Chinese out of the city. Yet, despite the presence of provincial police, other communities attempted to dissuade Asians from moving in. When Atlin residents and their neighbours in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, attempted to "run the Mongolians out of the camps," the attorney-general, through the government agent, kept a watchful eye on the situation until the "Mongolians," in this case, Japanese, left.
Unlike discussions of economic competition, which often referred to specific circumstances, perceptions of the place of Asians in British Columbia society varied little over time or region. Thus, it is convenient to examine ideas about morality, law, and health over a broad chronological period. One reason for the immutability of the perceptions of Asians was that few whites had much contact with them outside the competitive market 14 A White Man's Province place. Yet, although they spoke collectively of "Asiatics," "Orientals," or "Mongolians," British Columbians distinguished between the Chinese and the Japanese.
H. "22 Of course, newspaper managers and publishers and senior politicians tended to meet only the educated Japanese. Alderman W. J. McGuigan of Vancouver clearly recognized the difference between the educated and the ordinary immigrant. " Other commentators were less generous. The Nelson Economist, for example, asserted that although the Japanese tried "to adapt themselves to the ways of the people among whom they are cast, but as between them and "A World of Their Own " 23 the ordinary white man the competition is not fair, inasmuch as the Japs can live so very much cheaper, his wants being few.
A White Man's Province: British Columbia Politicians and Chinese and Japanese Immigrants, 1858-1914 by Patricia E. Roy