Classic Canadian Songs from Smithsonian Folkways

"The Ballad of Weldon Chan" is a topical song written by Arthur W. Hughes (1932– ) to protest the unjust treatment of an allegedly illegal Chinese immigrant, who under threat of deportation successfully hid from the Mounties for 3½ years in the early 1960s. His plight draws attention to the long history of racist, anti-Chinese immigration polices in Canada, stretching back to the "head tax" instituted in 1885.

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