Monday, September 14, 2020

History of Chinese British Columbians

The Ormsby Review, named for pioneering historian and UBC professor Margaret Ormsby, is a remarkable and comprehensive online review of more British Columbia books than you ever imagined existing -- the west coast publishing market is lively.  It covers fiction, poetry, politics, memoir and much else, as well as a lot of local and west coast history.

Recently reviewer May Q Wong took note of Journeys of Hope: Challenging Discrimination & Building on Vancouver Chinatown’s Legacies, by Henry Yu; edited by Sarah Ling, Szu Shen, and Baldwin Wong.

The book does three things: it tells succinctly the story of the early Chinese immigrants, their fight for equality and justice, and their role in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Canada; shows how the City of Vancouver, since its incorporation in 1886 until the 1970s, used legislated as well implicit tactics to support white supremacy, which highlights the significance of an apology; and it introduces steps for reconciliation and to gain a UNECSO designation of World Heritage Site for Chinatown.

Printed in English and traditional Chinese, the book is extensively illustrated and distributed by the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of British Columbia. 

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