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Escape to Gold Mountain: A Graphic History of the Chinese in North America by David Wong (graphic novel)

I recently read the graphic novel Escape to Gold Mountain: A Graphic History of the Chinese in North America by David Wong, a Chinese Canadian born in Vancouver. The book was released in 2012 and its title sums up its subject matter as succinctly as the story itself sums up the past history of Chinese in North America. It’s told through the stories of Wong’s family and spans both USA and Canada. The story starts off in the present with the grandmother visiting a museum that has a machine called the “Iron Chink” after which she goes into her story in the past. We see the racism and injustices experienced by the Chinese during the time they built the railroads and then the Chinese exclusion/immigration act and head tax. It’s a necessary and good starting point to read up on a part of Canadian history that is not taught in schools (at least not when I was in school).

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Longtime fan of East Asian films. Former "movie reporter" on the music radio show / podcast "Beats From The East" broadcasted on Concordia University's CJLO 1690AM radio station in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.