Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

DEPARTMENT OF

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

DEPARTMENT OF

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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Kingston Community

First Chinese immigrants came to Kingston in late 1880s. They found work in Kingston’s service sector or started their own businesses, usually laundries and restaurants. Later generations began to enter other jobs, trades, and professions and, by 1941, the Kingston City Directory listed Chinese people employed in such varied fields as carpentry and stenography. Most Chinese lived and worked centrally in the downtown core of Kingston, where their business could cater to the surrounding residents, as well as targeting tourists and students. In Kingston, there was no “Chinatown”, an area of the city exclusively for Chinese businesses and residences, but most settled in the downtown core, along Princess Street between Division Street and Sydenham Street. By remaining close to one another, the Chinese community was able to support its members. It was also very common for Chinese residences to be attached to their businesses, adding to this sense of community. Accordingly, other Chinese clubs and organizations were often situated nearby (Source: Stones of Kingston)

Today, Chinese Canadian Association of Kingston and District, promotes cultural exchanges between the Chinese Canadian community and other Canadians to lead to good will and mutual understanding. It also fosters and promotes the retention of the Chinese cultural heritage within the Canadian context.

Picture source: Kingston Multicultural Arts Festival