There is a memorial hall in the town of Arrow that is closely related to the Chinese. It records in detail the long period of humiliation and bitterness of the Chinese miners in the 19th century.
1865, the gold rush in the Otago region began to cool down, a large number of European gold diggers went to the new gold mine on the west coast, the authorities worried about the economic collapse, decided to invite Australian Chinese miners to mine.
But with the increasing number of Chinese and the expansion of commercial interests, locals worried that New Zealand would become a inferior race colony and began to introduce a series of laws to prevent Chinese immigrants and set up the Anti-China European Miners Association. The Chinese began to suffer Insult.
Chinese people are deeply anxious about the hostility of the local people, suffering from poverty, they can't get rid of the status quo, they can only bear the burden of humiliation, hope to get enough 100-200 SGD to go home, use the money to buy a small farm, and eat a good food. life. In fact, with the depletion of gold mines, they knew that the gold rush dream was broken and they could only rely on traditional farming techniques to live. The shacks and shops of the
memorial hall were rebuilt in the same year. It was so sighing that it was hard to imagine people living in such a harsh environment.
In 2002, the New Zealand government officially apologized to the Chinese community for legally discriminating against early Chinese settlers; the following year, the New Zealand Protection Agency identified the improvement of the Chinese town of Arrowtown as part of the national reconciliation process to recognize the original Chinese The unique identity, history and courage of New Zealanders."
We should not forget this history. I would like to use this text to celebrate the Chinese pioneers in New Zealand and recognize their contribution to the multicultural community in New Zealand.
Posted: 17 May, 2019