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Passage to Promise Land

Passage to Promise Land

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McGill-Queen's University Press

Poy, Vivienne



2013-06-13 17:20:36: Nomination was created

Adrian Galwin

Rights & Projects Manager

McGill-Queen's University Press

Feature film


The Honourable Vivienne Poy, the first Canadian of Asian descent to be appointed to the Senate of Canada, is an author, entrepreneur, and historian.

This book was published globally. Negotiations for a Chinese edition are underway.

An inspirational story following twenty-eight women facing the challenges in immigrating to Canada: from historical events, social-economic, racism and human rights, government and bureaucractic issues.

Spanning over six decades, this story is a revealing study of Chinese immigration to Canada from 1945 to the present day. Tracing immigration policy through the stories of Chinese immigrant women, Vivienne Poy captures the social, political, and ethnic tensions of the period.

Although the narratives included here represent women of all ages and educational backgrounds, they share a common sense of determination and spirited resilience in the face of hardship. Through their stories we learn about Chinese settlement experience, how the Chinese community developed alongside changes in immigration regulations, and why the immigration of Chinese families to Canada became commonplace in the 1970s. The women talk about patriarchy and discrimination in both countries, revive memories of turbulent years in China, and speak of their uncertainties about the return of Hong Kong's sovereignty from Great Britain to China in 1997.

From the very first mention of Chinese women's immigration in Canada's Parliament in 1879, to the end of the twentieth century - when a Chinese woman was appointed Governor General - the road to equality has been long and arduous. Passage to Promise Land details the important events along the way through the voices of the women themselves.

The 28 women featured in the book were attracted to emigrate from China for many reasons--to be reunited with family, to pursue higher education, to pursue busniess opportunities. Telling their struggles against discrimination and hardship of reintegration had a healing effect. The follow up interviews shows their progress.

inspirational, overcoming adversity, gender roles, human rights, community, starting life over in a new country, immigrant experiences, prejudice, racism, discrimination, hardship, foreign cultures, fitting in,

Potential to showcase the bustling streets of Hong Kong versus the quieter cities of Victoria and Vancouver. Possible for introducing media footage from the activism and marches of the 1960s related to immigration issues of the day.

Male Tweens
Female Tweens
Male Teens
Female Teens
Men 18–34
Women 18–34
Men 35-54
Women 35–54

"The Up Series"--a British documentary interviewing individuals from 7 years of age, and at increments following that every 7 years.

This book would make for a moving, uplifting story of human endurance, efforts to improve one's life, and overcoming challenges. Anyone taking in these stories will leave feeling better about life in Canada.

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