Escape to Gold Mountain

Escape to Gold Mountain

A Graphic History of the Chinese in North America

Comic Book - 2012
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A graphic novel to tell an epic sage of Chinese in their search for "gold mountain" as seen through the eyes of the Wong family. It is a story of how the Chinese came to North America over the course of more than 100 years. It is a history filled with discrimination, heartbreak, and separation from loved ones. Despite these obstacles, the Chinese persevered, working hard and making sacrifices in order to create a better life for future generations.
Publisher: Vancouver : Arsenal Pulp Press, c2012
ISBN: 9781551524764
1551524767
Branch Call Number: YA971.004 W874e
971.004 W874e
Characteristics: 239 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 26 cm

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Escape to Gold Mountain is the exciting and beautifully drawn graphic novel of the Chinese immigration to Canada and the US over the last 100 years. For intermediate readers.

This graphic novel is the story of Chinese immigrants to Canada and the major contribution they made to the country. Their accomplishments were achieved despite terrible prejudice and the forced separation of families.

This is the story of Chinese immigrants to Canada and the major contribution they made to the country. Their accomplishments were achieved despite terrible prejudice and the forced separation of families. The story is presented in a graphic novel form so that the words and pictures tell the story... Read More »

This is the story of Chinese immigrants to Canada and the major contribution they made to the country. Their accomplishments were achieved despite terrible prejudice and the forced separation of families. The story is presented in a graphic novel form so that the words and pictures tell the story... Read More »

For generations of Chinese immigrants, the promise of Gold Mountain was revealed as a bitter reality. Racism and state sanctioned discrimination, dangerous working conditions, and social ostracism were the norm. Wong's approach is to present this history in the graphic novel format, thus attracti... Read More »


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mammothhawk229e
Apr 04, 2017

It glossed over ethnocentric protectionist China on lack of intelligence Europe was changing both economics & military. It relied on lumped on heathen stereotypes reports.
Book never mentioned Taiping Rebellion by failed bureaucrat applicant that discovered Christianity that killed & displaced millions. That & secondary revolts prevented any chance Manchu Empire of industrialization as it rebuild infrastructure.
No mention on how many Chinese arrived & stayed in Canada & United states or if population shrank from 1907-1947 in any graph.
What maps of disappeared Chinatowns in North America?
Characters never mentioned any news from the motherland from Boxer rebellion, Chinese Republic, warlordism, Chinese civil war from 1922-1937 & 1945-1949 that killed millions. Ditto People Republic of China & messy consolidation especially Cultural Revolution. Only focused on Japanese invading China. Focused too much on one family & not about their neighbors in the villages.
Finally, no mention of low-level hostility of recent professional white collar Hong Kong buying homes & cars in cash in late 1980s to today.
Good, but incomplete insular picture.

sit_walk Nov 28, 2016

An important story, no question, and one deserving of wider exposure to all North Americans. This particular rendering though, while admirable, is a bit flat. As an example of sequential art, nice effort but falls short.

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LT
Jul 14, 2015

This book is a heartbreaking, and very effective, account of the Chinese experience in North America. There is a great deal for Americans and Canadians to regret in their treatment of the Chinese, and the official apologies documented at the end of the book hardly seem like a sufficient outcome. Bravo to David Wong for incorporating the stories of his forebears with extensive research into the history of Chinese immigration to Canada. I wish that this book were part of the history syllabus for every province and territory in Canada, and that every Canadian kid would have the opportunity to read it.

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mammothhawk229e
Apr 04, 2017

Coarse Language: Derogatory vocabulary.

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flytrap
Oct 05, 2013

Remarkable graphic novel… (the) blending of U.S. and Canadian history is one of the delightful and unusual aspects of this important book. No doubt, this is a story of racism, exploitation, and violence; but it's also a story of warmth and solidarity
- Teaching for Change

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