Dr. Carling Beninger caught up with Douglas College student Emma Quan, to interview her about her paper “The Washboard Legacy: Racism and the Chinese Hand Laundries of British Columbia in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries.”
The essay earned Quan a $750 scholarship in the junior division of the W. Kaye Lamb award. Her essay was written for History 2215 instructed by Dr. Carling Beninger.
Emma is working towards a specialization in history as part of an Associate of Arts degree. She plans on continuing her studies with a focus on Canadian social history, women and gender studies, and museum and archival sciences. In addition, she is a peer writing tutor at Douglas, was recently a research assistant for a project on social housing, and a volunteer at the New Westminster Museum and Archives. In the future, she hopes to continue working and learning in the realm of public history and research.
The W. Kaye Lamb Award is presented to outstanding post-secondary student essays relating to the history of British Columbia. The award has been presented since 1988, initially known as the BCHF Scholarship. It was renamed the W. Kaye Lamb Award in 2001. In 2004, the BCHF introduced two award categories: one for students in their first or second year of study, the other for students in their third or fourth year of study.
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