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Book Review

Escape to Gold Mountain: A Graphic History of the Chinese in North America

Graphic texts are becoming increasingly popular as a way of telling history. Within three months of its official launch, David Wong’s Escape from Gold Mountain: A Graphic History of the Chinese in North America made...

Review by LiLynn Wan


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Who Killed Janet Smith?

In late July 1924 in a house in the upper crust neighbourhood of Shaughnessy Heights, Vancouver, around midday, a Scots nursemaid was found dead in the basement by the Chinese “house boy,” Wing Fong Sing....

Review by John McLaren


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The Chuck Davis History of Metropolitan Vancouver

Everyone who has spent any time researching Vancouver history seems to have a Chuck Davis story. Here’s mine. It’s about 1980, I’m a callow not-easily-impressed grad student doing work on some arcane heritage tax law...

Review by John Belshaw


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Dim Sum Stories: A Chinatown Childhood

Vancouver’s Chinatown has been the subject of numerous notable academic studies, providing a focus that has proven to be essential to the Canadian historical narrative. In analyzing the history of Vancouver’s Chinatown, scholars have made...

Review by LiLynn Wan


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Caring and Compassion: A History of the Sisters of St. Ann in Health Care in British Columbia

Today, Mount St. Mary Hospital, an extended care facility in Victoria, is one of the last visible legacies of the Sisters of St. Ann’s contributions to health care in British Columbia. But for more than...

Review by Lisa Pasolli


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Stranger Intimacy: Contesting Race, Sexuality, and the Law in the North American West

  Nayan Shah observes that historians get it wrong when they privilege permanent populations over transient, the nuclear family over other domestic arrangements, and polarized rather than various gender roles. He complains – fairly —...

Review by Hugh Johnston


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Yip Sang and the First Chinese Canadians

Francis Hern’s Yip Sang and the First Chinese Canadians is the biography of a prominent merchant in Vancouver’s Chinatown in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The story begins with Yip Sang’s arrival in...

Review by LiLynn Wan


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Raincoast Chronicles 21: West Coast Wrecks and Other Maritime Tales

Tales of shipwrecks along British Columbia’s coast have focused on adventure and tragedy since the fur trade era. With marine transportation occupying such an important role in our daily lives, it is remarkable that so...

Review by David Hill-Turner


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Brokering Belonging: Chinese in Canada’s Exclusion Era, 1885-1945

This is a groundbreaking book in Chinese Canadian History and in the history of the global Chinese diaspora. It challenges conventional perceptions of Chinese relations with the mainstream society in Canada during the historical era...

Review by Zhongping Chen


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Contesting White Supremacy: School Segregation, Anti-Racism, and the Making of Chinese Canadians

In September 1922, the Victoria, B.C. school board ordered 155 Chinese children (97 were Canadian-born and many spoke only English) to leave its regular elementary schools and move to segregated schools which only they would...

Review by Patricia Roy


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The Kelowna Story: An Okanagan History

Sharron Simpson’s The Kelowna Story offers her clear intention of providing for the people of Kelowna, most of whom are recent arrivals, “a collective memory” (9) about the origin and development of their community. Overall,...

Review by David Dendy


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Chilliwack’s Chinatowns: A History

Writing about immigrants has long been central to Canadian historical scholarship. Today, the history of immigration also constitutes an essential element of the popular imagination in Canada and, in turn, of our sense of national...

Review by LiLynn Wan


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Inside Chinatown: Ancient Culture in a New World

This book is like an open house for all benevolent and family associations to Victoria’s Chinatown, the oldest in Canada. The reader is introduced to each society and its purpose, through many photographs, some never...

Review by Larry Wong


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Chinese Community Leadership: Case Study of Victoria in Canada

I am particularly interested in this volume, having been born in Vancouver’s Chinatown in 1938 and having a father who was treasurer of a district association. He was a shirt tailor, and I remember in...

Review by Larry Wong


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Colonial Proximities: Crossracial Encounters and Juridical Truths in British Columbia, 1871-1921

Colonial Proximities is a good book about an important subject: how colonial authorities, anxious about racial difference, tried to use legal and other strategies to regulate and restrict interracial “encounters” during the half-century after confederation...

Review by Hamar Foster


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Chinese Servants in the West: Florence Baillie-Grohman’s “The Yellow and White Agony”

W.A. Baillie-Grohman is known to British Columbians for his aborted plan to build a canal in the East Kootenay and his stories of big game hunting, notably Fifteen Years’ Sport and Life in the Hunting...

Review by Patrica Roy


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Municipalities and Multiculturalism: The Politics of Immigration in Toronto and Vancouver

Kristin R. Good, a political scientist, accomplished two main objectives in this book: (1) investigating how and why municipalities responded to dramatic changes in their ethno-cultural composition and (2) evaluating her findings about municipal multicultural...

Review by Patricia Roy


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Asian Religions in British Columbia

The cityscapes of British Columbia have changed dramatically over the last two or three decades. Alongside the high-rise towers and sports stadiums have risen new religious buildings. Very few of these are churches. The new...

Review by Diana Lary


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Vancouver Special

In Vancouver Special Charles Demers presents a unique portrait of his hometown of Vancouver, where he continues to live and work as a writer and a comedian. In a series of essays that explore the...

Review by Robert McDonald


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The Last Best West: An Exploration of Myth, Identity and Quality of Life in Western Canada

The Last Best West is an eclectic collection of chapters based loosely on the meaning and mythology of the advertising slogan used by the Canadian government around the turn of the twentieth century to attract...

Review by Ken Favrholdt


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Victoria Underfoot: Excavating a City’s Secrets

This is a colourful guidebook to the archaeology of Victoria, both with regard to pre-contact Northwest Coast Aboriginal peoples and of the extremely varied inhabitants of postcontact Victoria. It ranges from a three thousand-year-old wet...

Review by R. Matson


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Yi Fao/Speaking through Memory: A History of New Westminster’s Chinese Community, 1850-1980

PDF – Barman Review Essay – BC Studies 165, Spring 2010

Review by Patricia Owen


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I Am Full Moon: Stories of a Ninth Daughter

About a decade ago, I wrote a review article in this journal in which I expressed the hope that more first-hand accounts of growing up Japanese or Chinese in British Columbia would be published [1]....

Review by Patricia Roy