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Saltwater City

(1988)
An Illustrated History of the Chinese in Vancouver
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Saltwater City pays tribute to those who went through the hard times, to those who swallowed their pride, to those who were powerless and humiliated, but who still carried on. They all had faith that things would be better for future generations. They have been proven correct.

Canada's first Chinese arrived in British Columbia in 1858 from California. Almost all mee-merchants, peasants, and laborers - and almost all from eight rural counties in the Pearl River delta in what is now Guangdong province - they came in search of gold and better fortune, escaping the rebellions, flood and drought of their homeland.

By 1863 over 4,000 Chinese lived in B.C., filling jobs shunned by whites: miners, road builders, teamsters, laundry men, restaurateurs, domestic servants and cannery workers. Between 1881 and 1885, thousands more arrived, most imported to build the transcontinental railway. They were to create, in Vancouver, Canada's largest and most dynamic Chinese Community, known to its original inhabitants as Saltwater City.


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April 2006 : Canada Hardback
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Title: Saltwater City: Story of Vancouver's Chinese Community
Author(s): Paul Yee
ISBN: 1-55365-174-X / 978-1-55365-174-1 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre
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December 1988 : USA Hardback
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Title: Saltwater City: An Illustrated History of the Chinese in Vancouver
Author(s): Paul Yee
ISBN: 0-295-96701-3 / 978-0-295-96701-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Univ of Washington Pr
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1988 : Canada Hardback
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Title: Saltwater City: An Illustrated History of the Chinese in Vancouver
Author(s): Paul YEE
ISBN: 0-88894-616-3 / 978-0-88894-616-4 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA