Escape to Gold Mountain

Escape to Gold Mountain

A Graphic History of the Chinese in North America

Book - 2012
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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 Based on historical documents and interviews with elders, the book is also the epic story of the Wong family as they traverse these challenges with hope and determination, creating an immigrant's legacy in their new home of North America.

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

An epic graphic novel about the experience of Chinese immigrants in North America over the past 150 years.

Publisher: Vancouver : Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012
Description: 239 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
ISBN: 9781551524764
Branch Call Number: j305.8951 Won


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Apr 04, 2017

It glossed over ethnocentric protectionist China on lack of intelligence Europe was changing both economics & military. It relied on lumped on heathen stereotypes reports.
Book never mentioned Taiping Rebellion by failed bureaucrat applicant that discovered Christianity that killed & displaced millions. That & secondary revolts prevented any chance Manchu Empire of industrialization as it rebuild infrastructure.
No mention on how many Chinese arrived & stayed in Canada & United states or if population shrank from 1907-1947 in any graph.
What maps of disappeared Chinatowns in North America?
Characters never mentioned any news from the motherland from Boxer rebellion, Chinese Republic, warlordism, Chinese civil war from 1922-1937 & 1945-1949 that killed millions. Ditto People Republic of China & messy consolidation especially Cultural Revolution. Only focused on Japanese invading China. Focused too much on one family & not about their neighbors in the villages.
Finally, no mention of low-level hostility of recent professional white collar Hong Kong buying homes & cars in cash in late 1980s to today.
Good, but incomplete insular picture.

sit_walk Nov 28, 2016

An important story, no question, and one deserving of wider exposure to all North Americans. This particular rendering though, while admirable, is a bit flat. As an example of sequential art, nice effort but falls short.

Jul 14, 2015

This book is a heartbreaking, and very effective, account of the Chinese experience in North America. There is a great deal for Americans and Canadians to regret in their treatment of the Chinese, and the official apologies documented at the end of the book hardly seem like a sufficient outcome. Bravo to David Wong for incorporating the stories of his forebears with extensive research into the history of Chinese immigration to Canada. I wish that this book were part of the history syllabus for every province and territory in Canada, and that every Canadian kid would have the opportunity to read it.

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Apr 04, 2017

Coarse Language: Derogatory vocabulary.


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Oct 05, 2013

Remarkable graphic novel… (the) blending of U.S. and Canadian history is one of the delightful and unusual aspects of this important book. No doubt, this is a story of racism, exploitation, and violence; but it's also a story of warmth and solidarity
- Teaching for Change



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