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My essay will discuss the relationship between Asian ethnic groups in Canada focusing on Vancouver and Toronto and how their social and built environments are organized I will discuss the development and perpetuation of ethnic enclaves in both of these cities examining where these minority groups cluster and observing the patterns of segregation In addition my thesis examines how enclaves are a result of the racism and exclusionary practices coupled with immigrants needs to establish a familiar community in a foreign landscape and how these ethnic groups have been marginalized in Canada due to social constructs like whiteness and othering My objectives involve an evaluation of the clustering of immigrants and visible minorities into ethnic enclaves in these two main metropolitan areas as well as highlighting the patterns and conflicts in territoriality residential community and collective spaces shared by these Asian groups and discussing the factors such as racial segregation and inequality that have restricted these ethnic minorities integration into the social fabric of Canada for over a century i Ethnic enclaves Exclusion segregation and the clustering of immigrant ethnic groups Geographers believe that the processes of race and racism are social constructs Therefore the way in which racism operates and how it occurs results in the segregation of communities I will begin with a brief examination of the literature pertaining to the formation of ethnic enclaves during the early 20th century citing Vancouvers Chinatown as an example Smith 1991 indicates that racial segregation is sustained through the racist assumptions and practices of individuals and government bodies resulting in racial inequality in Canada In this regard Chinese immigrants encountered a whole set of policies and acts to restrict them in the early 20th century including the Chinese Immigration Acts of 1885 1903 and 1923 For example if someone could not read or write in English they were not permitted to live in Canada Anderson 1991 exposed the racist attitudes of white Vancouver and white Canada
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