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Escape to gold mountain : a graphic history of the Chinese in North America

by Wong, David H. T., 1959-

Format: Print Book 2012
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Winner, Chinese American Library Association Best Book Award winner (Fiction)

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Escape to Gold Mountain is the first graphic novel to tell their story: based on historical documents and interviews with elders, this is a vivid history of the Chinese in their search for "Gold Mountain" (the Chinese colloquialism for North America) as seen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.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The tortuous path to assimilation taken by Chinese immigrants to North America over the last 150 years is movingly depicted in this graphic novel relating the story of the fictional but representative Wong family. The saga begins in 1845 when Wong Ah Gin stows away on a ship bound for San Francisco. Other Chinese, including members of the Wong clan, follow in his tracks to work on the Transcontinental Railroad; but once that's completed they're seen as economic competitors, leading to the racist Chinese Exclusion Act, which prompts many to move to Canada or elsewhere (Ah Gin heads for China, where he teaches English to Sun Yat Sen). The story follows subsequent Wong generations as they work in fisheries, open restaurants, fight in WWII, and become lawyers and physicians. Some readers might find the rough-hewn drawings and one-dimensional characterizations unnuanced, but the directness will appeal to teens who are likely to be unfamiliar with the history. While the work may be artistically blunt, it resoundingly succeeds as an educational and inspirational effort.--Flagg, Gordon Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Chinese -- Canada -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Chinese -- United States -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Racism -- Canada -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Racism -- United States -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Chinese -- Canada -- History -- Cartoons and comics.
Chinese -- United States -- History -- Cartoons and comics.
Racism -- Canada -- History -- Cartoons and comics.
Racism -- United States -- History -- Cartoons and comics.
Cartoons and comics.
Comic books, strips, etc.
Graphic novels.
Publisher Vancouver :Arsenal Pulp Press,2012
Language English
Description 239 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-237).
ISBN 9781551524764 (pbk.)
1551524767 (pbk.)
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