A Cowherd in Paradise

A Cowherd in Paradise

From China to Canada

eBook - 2012
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In 2006, the Prime Minister apologized to the Chinese people for the legislated discrimination created by Canada's head tax laws in the first half of the twentieth century, acknowledging the far-reaching and long-term consequences it has had on their families. A Cowherd in Paradise is the story of one such family. The book chronicles the remarkable lives of Wong Guey Dang (1902-1983) and Jiang Tew Thloo (1911-2002). Ah Dang was born into an impoverished family and sold as a child. In 1921, his adoptive father paid a five-hundred-dollar head tax to send Ah Dang to Canada. Eight years later, driven to create a family of his own, Ah Dang returned to China, where he chose Ah Thloo as his bride from a matchmaker's photo. As a child, Ah Thloo worked as a cowherd and from the age of six was responsible for her family's fortune--their water buffalo. Ah Thloo not only became a wife and mother, but also grew to be a courageous defender against invaders and a champion of the weak.
Publisher: Victoria. B.C. : Brindle & Glass, 2012
ISBN: 9781926972428
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Characteristics: 1 online resource

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May Q. Wong's family history chronicles the remarkable lives of Wong Guey Dang (1902-1983) and Jiang Tew Thloo (1911-2002) whose stories begin in poverty. Adopted as a child, and sent to Canada by his Uncle who had to pay the huge sum of $500 in Head Tax which was instituted in Canada after the C... Read More »

May Q. Wong's family history chronicles the remarkable lives of Wong Guey Dang (1902-1983) and Jiang Tew Thloo (1911-2002) whose story begins in poverty. Adopted as a child, and sent to Canada by his Uncle who had to pay the huge sum of $500 in Head Tax - a tax that was collected in Canada after... Read More »


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