The Excluded Wife

The Excluded Wife

by Yuen-Fong Woon
     
 

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The Chinese Immigration (Exclusion) Act, passed by the Canadian government in 1923, stopped the families of Chinese labourers working in Canada from entering the country. Based on extensive interviews with Chinese women affected by the Exclusion Act, Yuen-Fong Woon has created a riveting account of their experiences told through the character of Sau-Ping. See more details below

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The Chinese Immigration (Exclusion) Act, passed by the Canadian government in 1923, stopped the families of Chinese labourers working in Canada from entering the country. Based on extensive interviews with Chinese women affected by the Exclusion Act, Yuen-Fong Woon has created a riveting account of their experiences told through the character of Sau-Ping.

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Drawing on interviews with Chinese women affected by the 1923 Canadian Chinese Immigration (Exclusion) Act, which prohibited families of Chinese laborers in Canada from joining them, Woon (Pacific and Asian studies, U. of Victoria) narrates a fictitious tale illustrating why conditions in rural South China propelled many refugees to flee to Vancouver via Hong Kong to endure a racist, alien culture. The glossary includes terms such as "grass widow," a married woman whose husband lives elsewhere permanently. No index. Canadian card order number: C98-900372-8. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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"A compelling read. The Excluded Wife very effectively presents the social history of a Chinese woman's everyday life in twentieth-century Canada. The story is extremely dramatic in that her life is entangled in epic developments in Chinese history." Harold Mah, Department of History, Queen's University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780773520158
Publisher:
McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date:
05/07/1999
Edition description:
1 PBK ED
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.84(d)

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