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published: Dec 2016
publisher: UBC Press

Not Fit to Stay

Public Health Panics and South Asian Exclusion

by Sarah Isabel Wallace

tagged: discrimination & race relations, emigration & immigration, 20th century

In the early 1900s, panic over the arrival of South Asian immigrants swept up and down the west coast of North America. While racism and fear of labour competition were at the heart of this furor, Not Fit to Stay reveals that public leaders – including physicians, union leaders, civil servants, journalists, and politicians – latched on to unsubstantiated public health concerns to justify the exclusion of South Asians from Canada and the United States.

About the Author

Sarah Isabel Wallace

Contributor Notes

Sarah Isabel Wallace is a lecturer in history at Trent University in Oshawa, Ontario.

Editorial Review

Not Fit to Stay acquaints modern readers with the “hookworm strategy” of immigration law. The facts are raw. Historian Dr. Isabel Wallace is a skillful writer. The effect is startling. If bigotry is rooted in fear and economic despair, Wallace’s research proves even the mildest society is capable of devising something akin to the Nuremberg Laws … Not Fit To Stay is an extraordinary story, meticulously documented.

— Blacklock's Reporter

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