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

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This is a vivid graphic history of the Chinese experience in North America over the last 150 years, beginning with the immigration of Chinese to "Gold Mountain" (the Chinese colloquialism for North America) in the 1800s that resulted in decades of discrimination, subjugation, and separation from loved ones. Based on historical documents and interviews with elders, the book is also the epic story of the Wong family as they traverse these challenges with hope and determination, ...

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

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Overview

This is a vivid graphic history of the Chinese experience in North America over the last 150 years, beginning with the immigration of Chinese to "Gold Mountain" (the Chinese colloquialism for North America) in the 1800s that resulted in decades of discrimination, subjugation, and separation from loved ones. Based on historical documents and interviews with elders, the book is also the epic story of the Wong family as they traverse these challenges with hope and determination, creating an immigrant's legacy in their new home of North America.

David H.T. Wong is an architect and historian.

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"Eloquent, lyrical black-and-gray panels that conjure the environment and living conditions as well as the people." —Library Journal

"The author's panel work makes an at-times painful history easily read [. . .] The comic is really a jumping-off point for those interested in the subject matter — the epic research that Wong put towards the book made for enough bibliography and reading resources to launch a thousand syllabi, or at least a sense that an important portion of history may have been missing from your childhood textbooks." - The San Francisco Bay Guardian

"This book is an excellent introduction to the complex issue of Chinese immigration as told from the Chinese point of view." —Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Wong proves that pictures can indeed hold thousands (and thousands!) of words, capturing 200+ years of history in as many pages; he also includes a 'Chinglish' glossary, a timeline that overlaps China and Gam Saan, maps, extensive notes, and a thorough bibliography." —Book Dragon blog from the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

"Escape to Gold Mountain is forgotten history, and all the more important for teen readers in particular, because it has been so overlooked. Wong does a solid job of bringing his characters to life and making the narrative both informative and emotional ... As a fan of both American and Canadian history, I found this graphic novel compelling and perfectly suited for the illustrated form." —Bookslut

"This is a moving book that deserves to be read." —VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551524764
  • Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/30/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 964,480
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

David H.T. Wong: David H.T. Wong was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. He is an accomplished architect and a respected Asian Canadian community activist whose family first came to North America from China 130 years ago.

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Table of Contents

Preface 11

Introductions 13

by Imogene L. Lim 13

Bettie Luke 15

Connie C. So 17

Chinglish 19

Timeline 20

Travel Map 22

Prologue 23

1 The Iron Chink 26

2 China, the Sick Man of Asia 45

3 Escape to Gold Mountain 54

4 Crocker's Iron Road 63

5 Hello, Mei Gok (America) 71

6 Storm Clouds of Hatred 84

7 The Chinese Must Go! 93

8 Kingdom of Tan Heung San 101

9 Nation Building 106

10 A Chinaman's Chance 124

11 Profiting from Racism 131

12 Pai Hua (Expelling the Chinese) 136

13 Cooks & Revolutionaries 152

14 Birthing Paper Sons 164

15 The Next GenerAsian 170

16 Saving for the Head Tax 179

17 An Arranged Marriage 184

18 Earning Dignity & Respect 196

19 Blossoming Influence 202

20 Angels Watching Over 212

21 Old Foes, New Relations 216

22 Doe Heem (Apology) 222

Afterword 225

Notes & References 227

The Iron Chink 238

Acknowledgments 239

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