Yi Fao: Speaking Through Memory : a History of New Westminster's Chinese Community, 1858-1980
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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Speaking Through Memory by Patricia Owen
Remembering Yi Fao
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Back row BARBARA TUAI block British Columbian building Canada Canadian Pacific Railway Carnarvon streets Caucasian China Chinese Benevolent Association Chinese community Chinese families Chinese immigrants Chinese labourers Chinese merchants Chinese school Chinese workers Chinese-Canadians Chong John Chow Shee Chung Koo city council Columbia Street Company courtesy of Dora courtesy of Fannie courtesy of George courtesy of Margaret Daniel demolition Dora Chan Dora Law Eighth Street Fannie Lee fire Fraser River Freemasons Front Street Gail Yip gambling George Quan Hannah Hollywood Bowl Jim Wolf Kwong labour contractors Law Chong Law families Law Soong Lee Ching Margaret Shiu Mark Low McInnes Street opium Photo courtesy played Quan Hoy remember restaurant returned to China Reverend Shiu Royal Avenue Royal City Shiu family Sing Kee Vancouver Victoria Westminster Westminster's Chinatown Westminster's Chinese wife Won Alexander Cumyow Wong Shee Yi Fao Ying Yip Sang