I uncover the story of my unknown uncle Yim, through a variety of sources from original documents to the BC archives
I'm super excited to share today's post with you. Last week, I told you there would be a big surprise. HERE IT IS. Val Erde of Colouring the Past chose this photo to bring to life. Her research, talent and artistry literally brought tears to my eyes. It felt like the next best thing to… Continue reading Force 136 like you’ve never seen them – in living colour
Here is the post I wish I'd read 20 years ago: How to find a Chinese surname if you only know your name in English
My uncle's secret identity as a super spy
What if you were Chinese and coming home to Canada in 1921? You got a free stay in the Chinese Detention Shed, no exceptions.
An funny look at dating under not-so-funny conditions
BC looks at its racist past and decides to say sorry. Vancouver does too.
After WWII, the Chinese gained the franchise, but waited two decades to be reunited with their families. Why?
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.
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 – […]