This October, Vancouver's Arsenal Pulp Press is publishing a graphic novel called Escape to Gold Mountain: A Graphic History of the Chinese in North America by David H.T. Wong. From the APP catalogue:
"The history of Chinese immigration to Canada and the US over the past 100-plus years has been fraught with sadness and indignity; newcomers to North America encountered discrimination, subjugation, and separation from loved ones...Escape to Gold Mountain is the first graphic novel to tell their story: based on historical documents and interviews with elders, this is a vivid history of the Chinese in their search for "Gold Mountain" (the Chinese colloquialism for North America) as seen through the eyes of the Wong family. They traverse the challenges of eking out an existence in their adopted homeland with hope and determination, creating a poignant immigrant's legacy for their sons and daughters."
Suggested for readers 12 and up, this sounds like an entertaining and educational read for any age! We will certainly be adding a copy of this publication to the Chung Collection when it is released.
Rare Books and Special Collections (where the Chung Collection is located) also happens to house the archives of Arsenal Pulp Press.
Posted on July 13th, 2012 by sromkey