Third book by de facto expert on Chinese Immigration to BC reveals never-before-told stories relevant to food, politics and national heritage. In this long awaited third book, author Lily Chow further explores Chinese settlement in BC. In the nineteenth century, thousands of Chinese immigrants arrived in British Columbia to work as labourers. After the Fraser Gold Rush and the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway ended, many Chinese could not afford to return to their home in China. BLOSSOMS IN THE GOLD MOUNTAINS is the story of those that stayed in BC and settled in the Fraser Canyon, Okanagan and the Spallumcheen Valley.
The interior of BC was a logical place for many Chinese to settle. There they could work for farmers, orchardists and ranchers helping to cultivate and deliver crops to market. Many others set up small businesses servicing the communities that were developing all over the province. And as these Chinese communities, known as Chinatowns, became established more Chinese made the journey to Canada to join their family members. The immigrants faced racial prejudice and discriminatory immigration policies. The government restrictions in immigration were lifted in 1947 but the widespread racism continued for decades.
Despite the challenges and obstacles, the Chinese settlers were determined to succeed in their new country. BLOSSOMS IN THE GOLD MOUNTAINS is a collection of intriguing personal stories that portray the experiences and challenges of both the early Chinese settlers and their descendants. This is a book of human endeavor, not just a record of history.
Lily Chow was born in Malaysia, but has lived in Canada since the mid-sixties. She has taught in the Prince George School District and at the University of Northern British Columbia. She now devotes her time to researching and writing. Her first book, SOJOURNERS IN THE NORTH (Caitlin Press), won the Jeanne Clarke history award and is used in many colleges and universities as a reference text. She also published a second book on Chinese migration called CHASING THEIR DREAMS (Caitlin Press).