Inside Chinatown: Ancient Culture in a New World

Inside Chinatown: Ancient Culture in a New World

by Robert Amos, Kileasa Wong


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Victoria’s Chinatown is Canada’s oldest Chinese neighbourhood and has a lineage unbroken since 1858. With large-format colour photos and photocollages, Robert Amos and Kileasa Wong take you behind the doors of the 29 private clubs that make up the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, where you’ll see the gilded altars, antique art and ornate furniture that grace the meeting halls. Through stunning pictures and text in both Chinese and English, you will meet the club members and take an inside look at the culture of this complex community. Inside Chinatown is sure to become a landmark publication chronicling the vibrant heritage of Chinese Canadians.

Inside Chinatown was voted Monday Magazine's Non-Fiction Book of the Year, and authors Robert Amos and Kileasa Wong were presented with a 2010 Outstanding Achievement Award from BC Heritage for their work on Inside Chinatown.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781894898911
Publisher: TouchWood Editions
Publication date: 02/01/2010
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 10.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Robert Amos has painted thousands of pictures of the urban landscape and specializes in commissioned paintings of homes and gardens. He writes a weekly column, “On Art,” published in the Times Colonist, and is the author (and illustrator) of seven books about Victoria, including Artists in their Studios: Where Art is Born, and Inside Chinatown: Ancient Culture in a New World. Robert has recently been the artist in residence at the Fairmont Empress Hotel and is an Honorary Citizen of Victoria. He was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1995. Robert lives in downtown Victoria, British Columbia. Please visit Robert's website at

Kileasa Wong was born Wu Chewan in Hong Kong, the daughter of a family from Chaozhou in the northeast corner of Guangdong Province. She moved to Canada with her husband in 1974 and is now the secretary of Victoria’s Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association and the editor of the Victoria Chinatown Newsletter. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a master’s degree in education from the University of Victoria, and is the foremost teacher of traditional Chinese painting in Victoria. She is also the principal of the Chinese Public School on Fisgard Street. Kileasa lives in Victoria, BC.

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