How the Chinese Canadians
became involved in the Burma Campaign
Roy MacLaren wrote in his book "Canadians behind enemy lines 1939-1945"
the Chinese-Canadian volunteers, whether in Sarawak or Malaya, had served well.
All had gone to war as light-hearted young men, eager to make the best of their
assignments with out a care for the morrow. In volunteering for clandestine
warfare, the spirit of adventure was as evident in them as it had been in those
Canadians who went into occupied Europe. But for the young Chinese-Canadians,
their service meant something more. For them, it was also an affirmation of
equality. Their parents or even grandparents, as well as themselves, had been
second class Canadians, deprived of the full privileges of citizenship. They
were ready, even eager, to fill all the obligation of citizenship so that in
return they receive all those rights which other Canadians took for granted.
Sarawak and Malaya were two exotic way stations on their route to full Canadian