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Next month on April 4th or 5th is the Qing Ming Festival when Chinese families visit the graves of their ancestors with offerings.  There is a rich history of Chinese settlement in Nanaimo.  There are 4 cemeteries which include Chinese graves in Nanaimo.  In 1890 the coal company donated land at the corner of Stewart and St. George Street it was an active cemetery from 1890 to 1924.  In 1976 the Nanaimo Chinese community presented the site to the City as the Garden Memorial to Chinese Pioneers.  This was the first garden in Canada to commemorate the contribution made by the Chinese and their Canadian-born children to Canada.  Thanks to the hard work of Ed Lee, Chuck Wong and Davey Thom.   For historical records you can find more information at the Nanaimo Community Archives.

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