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Gateway to Asia

Gateway to Asia

| 10 min

With the distance between Canada and Russia, China and India cut by high-speed planes, new international links are being forged. In this Pacific world, British Columbia is a unit of growing importance. In a brief survey of the province, this film covers the people, natural resources, industries, and some of the social problems of British Columbia - specifically the imprisonment of Japanese citizens and brief references to the lives of Chinese and Indian migrants. Located on the Pacific Coast, it is the jumping-off place for planes bound for East Asia, and a vital link between the rest of Canada and her neighbours across the Pacific.

  • director
    Tom Daly
  • producer
    Tom Daly
  • editing
    Tom Daly
  • narrator
    Lorne Greene


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Ages 15 to 17

History - World War II
History and Citizenship Education - Culture and Currents of Thought (1500-present)

Students can research the effect on Canada of Asia's growing importance in the global economy. Another topic to research and discuss is the role of Western Canada (especially of British Columbia) in Canada's economic future. Students can also do a research project on the internment of Japanese-Canadians during WWII, and debate how society should balance security concerns with human rights.

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