Chinese Canadian Stories

Chinese Canadian Stories is a path-breaking project and invaluable resource for materials that document Chinese Canadian history. The project’s digitized collections bring together the work of university libraries, including UBC Library, and community groups across Canada.

For more than 200 years, migrants of Chinese heritage have traveled to Canada to live, to work, and to raise their families and formed vibrant communities that have significantly shaped Canadian society. Chinese Canadian Stories gives Canadians — young and old — the tools to discover and make their own history, using the latest advances in digital technology to access, recover, and record Chinese Canadians’ neglected past.

Resources can be accessed by anyone with an internet connection and include visually powerful narratives in three languages (English, French, Chinese), a searchable Chinese Head Tax Register and Gold Mountain Quest, an educational videogame.

The Learning Centre is proud to have partnered with this important initiative until its launch in 2012.


Chinese Head Tax Register database

A searchable database providing access to more than 97,000 digitized records of Chinese immigrants in the Chinese Head Tax Register. Details of their names, age, height, villages and counties of origin shed light on who they were, where they left and where they were going in Canada.


Search the database


Chinese Canadian Stories Collections

Collections feature digitized materials from UBC Library, SFU Library, City of Vancouver Archives, Community Historical Recognition Program (CHRP) community partners, and other community contributors. Access more than 20,000 photos, videos, newspapers, and historical manuscripts documenting Chinese Canadian history.


Search the database

Gold Mountain Game

A game for children six to 12 that immerses them in the world of Chinese Canadians over a century ago. Based on meticulous research, characters and items in the game are drawn from historical people and artifacts.


Play the game


Please visit Chinese Canadian Stories for more information and resources.