Of Ox and Unicorn: An Immigrant's Story

Of Ox and Unicorn: An Immigrant's Story

by Alan K. Joe


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“Alan Joe has crafted a gripping and heart-wrenching page-turner about his perilous childhood in China, a teenager’s angst as a newcomer in Toronto’s postwar Chinatown, and fulfillment as a professional and family man. Recommended for anyone whose roots are from afar – and that would be most of us.”

~ Arlene Chan, librarian and author

“Alan Joe tells the deeply moving and inspirational story of how, after surviving extreme poverty and the ravages of war in his boyhood years of the 1940s, he emigrated to Canada, and eventually found peace, hope, reconciliation, self-fulfillment, and opportunity. In the process, he helps us better understand the history of the Chinese community in Canada, and how significantly it has contributed to our culture and way of life. We need many more such stories.”

~ Philip Warren, PhD, former Professor at Memorial University,

who has written extensively about Newfoundland education

Of Ox and Unicorn is a contribution, not only to the Canadian Chinese community, but also to immigrants in other countries and of different faiths, and to the general reader. It is with great pleasure that I invite you to read this excellent autobiography.”

~ excerpt the Foreword by Muriel Gold, CM, PhD,

Author, Tell Me Why Nights are Lonesome (a family history) and six additional books.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947939196
Publisher: AuthorSource
Publication date: 02/21/2018
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Born in Canton, China, in 1937, Alan K. Joe experienced some of the worst of the Japanese occupation of his homeland and the uncertainly caused by advancing Communist forces after World War II. Settling in Toronto in 1950, he faced many of the challenges that immigrants must overcome, finally graduating as a dentist, with a specialty in orthodontics. Now retired, Alan lives with his wife in Toronto and St. Petersburg, Florida.

Table of Contents




Chapter 1: Born to Flee

Chapter 2: A Strange Encounter in Kowloon

Chapter 3: Childhood in Our Ancestral Village

Chapter 4: An Enemy in My Bed

Chapter 5: Eight Bushels of Rice

Chapter 6: Death of a Beloved Bandit

Chapter 7: Cries for Justice

Chapter 8: Interlude 1945-1949

Chapter 9: The East Is Red

Chapter 10: Father’s Sojourn in Gold Mountain

Chapter 11: Across the Pacific to Canada

Chapter 12: To Kill a Clucking Bird

Chapter 13: I Wish I Had Said

Chapter 14: Life with Dai Ma

Chapter 15: My First Mentor

Chapter 16: A $2 Bill

Chapter 17: The Rooming House

Chapter 18: Toronto’s Chinatown in the Fifties

Chapter 19: Chinese Cuisine

Chapter 20: Man’s Worst Fear

Chapter 21: Ginger Tea for Mother

Chapter 22: St. James Town

Chapter 23: A Crusty Professor

Chapter 24: Hope and Doubt

Chapter 25: Great Expectations

Chapter 26: Home, School, and Work

Chapter 27: A Professional Regret

Chapter 28: Farewell to Mother

Chapter 29: Reap the Harvest

Chapter 30: Stellan and Olivia

Chapter 31: Zest for Life – A New Game

Chapter 32: Tai Chi – Meditation in Motion

Chapter 33: Work, Play, Love, and Spirituality

Chapter 34: Redemption for a Village

Chapter 35: Reconciliation at Mount Pleasant

Chapter 36: Reflections



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