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Escape to Gold Mountain

A Graphic History of the Chinese in North America
Wong, David H. T. (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Escape to Gold Mountain

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The history of Chinese immigration to Canada and the US over the past 100-plus years has been fraught with sadness and indignity; newcomers to North America encountered discrimination, subjugation, and separation from loved ones. As well, in Canada the Chinese head tax was introduced after the Canadian Parliament passed the Chinese Immigration Act of 1885 to discourage Chinese immigrants, while in the US, the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act outright banned Chinese immigration to America. Despite such obstacles, these Chinese newcomers persevered in order to create a better life for the generations to come. Escape to Gold Mountain is the first graphic novel to tell their story: based on historical documents and interviews with elders, this is a vivid history of the Chinese in their search for "Gold Mountain" (the Chinese colloquialism for North America) as seen through the eyes of the Wong family. They traverse the challenges of eking out an existence in their adopted homeland with hope and determination, creating a poignant immigrant's legacy for their sons and daughters. Escape to Gold Mountain is a moving and gripping story for all young North Americans. Ages 12 and up.
Authors: Wong, David H. T., 1959-
Title: Escape to gold mountain
a graphic history of the Chinese in North America
Publisher: Vancouver : Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012.
Characteristics: 239 p. :,hiefly ill. ;,26 cm.
ISBN: 9781551524764
Statement of Responsibility: David H.T. Wong
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Physical Form Available: Also issued in electronic format.
Subject Headings: Chinese Canada History Comic books, strips, etc. Chinese Canada History Juvenile literature. Chinese United States History Comic books, strips, etc. Chinese United States History Juvenile literature.
Genre/Form: Graphic novels.
Topical Term: Chinese
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Oct 05, 2013
  • flytrap rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Remarkable graphic novel… (the) blending of U.S. and Canadian history is one of the delightful and unusual aspects of this important book. No doubt, this is a story of racism, exploitation, and violence; but it's also a story of warmth and solidarity
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