Canadian Stories · Chinese Culture · The stories of WWII

An uncertain homecoming, Part II: Fight the enemy overseas, then fight the government at home – 1945-47

Chinese Canadians enlist in WWII, hoping to prove themselves worthy of civil rights, but find not much has changed after the war. This is Part II of An uncertain homecoming.

Canadian Stories · Chinese Culture · The stories of WWII

An uncertain homecoming, Part I: WWII, the Chinese, and the fight for civil rights 1939-1967

Introduction Like all (Chinese) Canadians, I have been given a gift of priceless value: the gift of civil rights. I have not worked for this gift. I doubt I’ve earned it. Worst of all, I haven’t known who to thank for it, nor how much it cost. I’ve just taken it all for granted – […]

European History · The stories of WWII · Women we celebrate

The hairdresser spy: Andrée Virot

This is a story about Andrée Virot, a woman in the French Resistance. She was personally responsible for saving the lives of over 100 Allied airmen who were shot down over Europe. She was the tail end of several escape lines through Europe, and for 3 years, she operated under the nose of the Gestapo. I wanted… Continue reading The hairdresser spy: Andrée Virot