I Am Canada: Blood and Iron: Building the Railway, Lee Heen-gwong, British Columbia, 1882

by Paul Yee

Scholastic Canada Ltd | July 11, 2013 | Kobo Edition (eBook) |

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The incredible sacrifices made by Chinese workers building the transcontinental railway are revealed in this powerful novel.

Heen's father and grandfather have brought their family in China to the brink of ruin with their gambling habits. To solve their money troubles, Heen and his father come to Canada to build the railway - a decision plagued by disaster.

The living conditions provided for workers are wretched and work on the railway is excruciating. Transporting tons of gravel and working in tunnels about to be dynamited proves to be deadly for many of his co-workers. Soon the friction between the Chinese workers and the whites, who barely acknowledge these deaths, reaches a fevered pitch. As an added stress, Heen's father has found some men to gamble with, which puts all of their earnings at risk.

Heen's only solace is his journal, where his chilling observations of the injustice and peril heaped upon the workers serve as an important testament to this dramatic era in Canadian history.

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Published: July 11, 2013

Publisher: Scholastic Canada Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443119261

ISBN - 13: 9781443119269

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I Am Canada: Blood and Iron: Building the Railway, Lee Heen-gwong, British Columbia, 1882

I Am Canada: Blood and Iron: Building the Railway, Lee Heen-gwong, British Columbia, 1882

by Paul Yee

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: July 11, 2013

Publisher: Scholastic Canada Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443119261

ISBN - 13: 9781443119269

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The incredible sacrifices made by Chinese workers building the transcontinental railway are revealed in this powerful novel.

Heen's father and grandfather have brought their family in China to the brink of ruin with their gambling habits. To solve their money troubles, Heen and his father come to Canada to build the railway - a decision plagued by disaster.

The living conditions provided for workers are wretched and work on the railway is excruciating. Transporting tons of gravel and working in tunnels about to be dynamited proves to be deadly for many of his co-workers. Soon the friction between the Chinese workers and the whites, who barely acknowledge these deaths, reaches a fevered pitch. As an added stress, Heen's father has found some men to gamble with, which puts all of their earnings at risk.

Heen's only solace is his journal, where his chilling observations of the injustice and peril heaped upon the workers serve as an important testament to this dramatic era in Canadian history.

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