Yi Fao: Speaking Through Memory : a History of New Westminster's Chinese Community, 1858-1980

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Heritage House, 2008 - History - 141 pages
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This is the fascinating and complex story of the Chinese-Canadian community in New Westminster, British Columbia, told in text and photographs that relate a range of individual experiences and stories. Yi Fao is the city's Chinese name; it means 'second port, ' a reference to New West's place as the second port of entry to British Columbia after Victoria. The book documents the history of Yi Fao and preserves and celebrates the voices and personalities of the Chinese immigrants who contributed so much to the city's development, focusing on four key families of settlers: Law, Lee, Quan and Shiu. In each family's story, children, siblings, grandchildren, grandparents and in-laws recount their memories of life in New Westminster. While the historical narrative helps place the stories in a broader context, the personal reminiscences offer a history not just of facts and dates, but of personal experiences and emotions. This intimate glimpse into daily life and the city's old Chinatown is compelling and poignant, revealing a story of struggle, adventure and achievement.

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Contents

Introduction II
13
Speaking Through Memory by Patricia Owen
57
Remembering Yi Fao
126
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About the author (2008)

Jim Wolf, a long-time resident of New Westminster, BC, is well known in the province's heritage community as a heritage planner and a historian. He has been committed to preserving New Westminster's heritage for the past 20 years: at the New Westminster Museum and Archives; as president of the Heritage Preservation Society and former member of the city's Community Heritage Commission; and as a founding director of the New Westminster Heritage Foundation. Jim is currently the heritage planner for the City of Burnaby and an active heritage consultant. He lives with his wife and son in New Westminster's Queen's Park neighbourhood, where they are restoring the 1907 Herbert and Ellen Harrison house.

Pat Owen holds her doctoral & master's degree in health care administration from the University of Minnesota. She has published numerous articles on chemical dependency & is a regular presenter at national conferences. Owen is currently employed as the director of the Butler Center for Research & learning at the Hazelden Foundation in Center City, Minnesota.

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