Vancouver is a major city located on the province of British Columbia in western Canada. The city is part of Metro Vancouver, comprising the cities of Burnaby, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Surrey, Richmond, Coquitlam, and Port Coquitlam.
During the 1800s, the city was an ideal destination for Asian immigrants, mostly of Chinese descent, for cheap labor and work on the railway system. The city has a strategic port which made importing and exporting of goods to other countries abroad. In December 1941, following the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor, the Canadian government interned Japanese citizens and Japanese-Canadians of which many resided in Vancouver. After the war, most returned to the city among other cities in the British Columbia coast to continue civilian life.
Vancouver during the Cold War was expected to be targeted by Soviet bombers or missiles due to its significant role as a port and an economic hub; not to mention the presence of nearby Canadian Forces Bases (CFBs). Because Canada is part of the coverage of NORAD, much of the Western Canada airspace was monitored by it. Around the late 1970s and the early 1980s, the Vancouver SkyTrain was constructed and was completed in 1985. The monorail system gave the city a futuristic look.
Following the aftermath of the Chinese government's crackdown on the Tiananmen Square protests, many pro-democracy Chinese activists settled in Vancouver. These dissidents were clandestinely backed by the United States and the United Kingdom, escaping into the Europe or North America via the former crown colony of Hong Kong. In addition, Vancouver's Chinese community also held protests in front of the Chinese consulate following the military crackdown.
World War III
The city, as with the province, was invaded and then occupied by Soviet Armed Forces during World War III - similar to its neighboring American city of Seattle. The Soviet's objectives was to distract U.S./Canadian troops in Western Europe to come back to North America. Obviously a ruse, Canadian forces continued to make do with what they can; employing hit and run tactics against the Soviets. Just like their American neighbors, civilians and law enforcement officers joined in the fray. The city was soon liberated by joint force of American and Canadian military forces backed up by civilian resistance fighters after Seattle was liberated.
Vancouver has been restored to its former glory after the war after damages were repaired. By the 21st century, a war memorial was placed to commemorate those lives lost on during the Soviet occupation and the subsequent liberation that followed.
Vancouver is a multicultural city with a large population of Asian immigrants, mostly Chinese or Hong Kongers that settled to British Columbia prior to the return of Hong Kong to the PRC (which was prevented with the Chinese Federated Union taking its place), though some Hong Kongers have returned to the autonomous city of Hong Kong since the Chinese Federated Union is a democracy. Other Asian immigrants include Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, South Asian, and Filipinos.
A large American expat population resides in Vancouver, mainly those coming from Washington State. In fact, Vancouver has been named the "most American" city in Canada.