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Escape to Gold Mountain
A Graphic History of the Chinese in North America
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This is a vivid graphic history of the Chinese experience in North America over the last 150 years, beginning with the immigration of Chinese to "Gold Mountain" (the Chinese colloquialism for North...
This is a vivid graphic history of the Chinese experience in North America over the last 150 years, beginning with the immigration of Chinese to "Gold Mountain" (the Chinese colloquialism for North...
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  • This is a vivid graphic history of the Chinese experience in North America over the last 150 years, beginning with the immigration of Chinese to "Gold Mountain" (the Chinese colloquialism for North America) in the 1800s that resulted in decades of discrimination, subjugation, and separation from loved ones. Based on historical documents and interviews with elders, the book is also the epic story of the Wong family as they traverse these challenges with hope and determination, creating an immigrant's legacy in their new home of North America.

    David H.T. Wong is an architect and historian.

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  • David H.T. Wong: David H.T. Wong was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. He is an accomplished architect and a respected Asian Canadian community activist whose family first came to North America from China 130 years ago.

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  • DOGO Books doogle - I didn't know all this happened in the past. A scary history told in a cool graphic novel. I finished the book in a day but had to read it over again to understand it more. Good way to learn history.
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    December 15, 2012
    Grades 8-12 The tortuous path to assimilation taken by Chinese immigrants to North America over the last 150 years is movingly depicted in this graphic novel relating the story of the fictional but representative Wong family. The saga begins in 1845 when Wong Ah Gin stows away on a ship bound for San Francisco. Other Chinese, including members of the Wong clan, follow in his tracks to work on the Transcontinental Railroad; but once that's completed they're seen as economic competitors, leading to the racist Chinese Exclusion Act, which prompts many to move to Canada or elsewhere (Ah Gin heads for China, where he teaches English to Sun Yat Sen). The story follows subsequent Wong generations as they work in fisheries, open restaurants, fight in WWII, and become lawyers and physicians. Some readers might find the rough-hewn drawings and one-dimensional characterizations unnuanced, but the directness will appeal to teens who are likely to be unfamiliar with the history. While the work may be artistically blunt, it resoundingly succeeds as an educational and inspirational effort.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2012, American Library Association.)

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    "Eloquent, lyrical black-and-gray panels that conjure the environment and living conditions as well as the people."

  • San Francisco Bay Guardian "The author's panel work makes an at-times painful history easily read [. . .] The comic is really a jumping-off point for those interested in the subject matter -- the epic research that Wong put towards the book made for enough bibliography and reading resources to launch a thousand syllabi, or at least a sense that an important portion of history may have been missing from your childhood textbooks."
  • Seattle Post-Intelligencer "This book is an excellent introduction to the complex issue of Chinese immigration as told from the Chinese point of view."
  • Book Dragon blog from the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center "Wong proves that pictures can indeed hold thousands (and thousands!) of words, capturing 200+ years of history in as many pages; he also includes a 'Chinglish' glossary, a timeline that overlaps China and Gam Saan, maps, extensive notes, and a thorough bibliography."
  • Bookslut "Escape to Gold Mountain is forgotten history, and all the more important for teen readers in particular, because it has been so overlooked. Wong does a solid job of bringing his characters to life and making the narrative both informative and emotional ... As a fan of both American and Canadian history, I found this graphic novel compelling and perfectly suited for the illustrated form."
  • San Francisco Bay Guardian "This is a moving book that deserves to be read."

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