City in Colour: Rediscovered Stories of Victoria's Multicultural Past

October 23, 2018|
City in Colour: Rediscovered Stories of Victoria's Multicultural Past by May Q. Wong
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A timely, intriguing collection of the overlooked stories of Victoria's pioneers, trailblazers, and community builders who were also diverse people of colour.

Often described as "more English than the English," the city of Victoria has a much more ethnically diverse background than historical record and current literature reveal. Significant contributions were made by many people of colour with fascinating stories, including:

  • the Kanaka, or Hawaiian Islanders, who constructed Fort Victoria, and members of the Kanaka community such as Maria Mahoi and William Naukana
  • three Metis matriarchs—Amelia Connolly Douglas, Josette Legacé Work, and Isabelle M. Mainville Ross
  • the Victoria Voltigeurs, the earliest police presence in the Colony of Vancouver Island, and who were primarily men of colour
  • Grafton Tyler Brown, now known in the United States as one of the first and best African American artists of the American West
  • Manzo Nagano, Canada's first recorded immigrant from Japan
  • and many more

With information about various cultural communities in early Victoria and significant dates, May Wong's City in Colour is a collection of fascinating stories of unsung characters whose stories are at the heart of Victoria's history.

May Q. Wong was born to Chinese immigrants and raised in Montreal along "the Main" a major boulevard that connects Canada's most diverse neighbourhoods. Educated at McGill University and the University of Victoria, she spent her career in the British Columbia Public Service working toward improving the lives of those in need....
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Title:City in Colour: Rediscovered Stories of Victoria's Multicultural PastFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:352 pages, 7.5 X 5.5 X 0.1 inShipping dimensions:352 pages, 7.5 X 5.5 X 0.1 inPublished:October 23, 2018Publisher:TouchWood EditionsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1771512857

ISBN - 13:9781771512855

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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