Dear Canada: An Ocean Apart: The Gold Mountain Diary of Chin Mei-Ling, Vancouver, British Columbia, 1922 by Gillian ChanDear Canada: An Ocean Apart: The Gold Mountain Diary of Chin Mei-Ling, Vancouver, British Columbia, 1922 by Gillian Chan

Dear Canada: An Ocean Apart: The Gold Mountain Diary of Chin Mei-Ling, Vancouver, British Columbia…

byGillian Chan

Hardcover | February 1, 2004

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With over 400,000 books already in print, the Dear Canada series has fast become the book series for children.

Each fictional diary invites readers into the world of a girl living through a particular period in Canada's past. Gillian Chan's latest addition illustrates the effect the Chinese Head Tax has on one young girl and her family. Mei-ling and her father are struggling to pay the head tax that will allow her mother and brother, who are still living in China, to come to Canada. They must have that money before the impending Exclusion Act bars any more Chinese from immigrating. What will happen if they can't come up with enough in time to reunite their family?

GILLIAN CHAN was nominated for the Governor General's Award for her first book, Golden Girl and Other Stories. Her recent releases, Glory Days and Other Stories and The Carved Box, have also received critical acclaim.
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Title:Dear Canada: An Ocean Apart: The Gold Mountain Diary of Chin Mei-Ling, Vancouver, British Columbia…Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 7.64 × 5.53 × 0.82 inPublished:February 1, 2004Publisher:Scholastic Canada LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0779113535

ISBN - 13:9780779113538

Appropriate for ages: 8

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not Just a Diary About a Girl I purchased this book looking to learn more about my culture and ancestors, and the hisotry of Chinese immigrants in Canada. This story didn't just give me answers, it really opened my eyes, and gave me a behind-the-scenes look at racial prejudice AND sturggling in a foreign country. Mei is such a funny and kind girl, and it was an adventure reading her thoughts and diary.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from No Title!!!!!!!! I really don't get the story. I mean I do, it's just that I don't understand the history. Like why in the first place did they not allow Chinse inmagrints to come to Canada.
Date published: 2015-10-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Work of art It was a really good book, but it had some slow parts. Great Job in maing me conect with Mei. Thumbs up!
Date published: 2015-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Post WWI Chinese Experience A fine entry into the Dear Canada series. This author, Gillian Chan, is new to me so I didn't know what to expect in regards to the writing but was pleasantly pleased to find an engaging, well-written story. This "diary" is not about a particular incident but focuses in on the Chinese experience in Canada post World War I. This is a time when the country had immigration laws imposed upon the Chinese in particular so that while it had an influx of men, who had worked on the railway in the previous forty years or so, the government was at work to limit new Chinese from entering the country by imposing immigration fees and head taxes eventually up to $500 on each individual, even babies. This is where we find our main characters, a community of Chinese men, related in various ways from young to old, who are all saving up to bring back wives, children and parents. Mai has been brought over by her father, which is rare for a daughter to be treated so and the only thing a bit unbelievable about this book, but one must assume it was indeed done at times, though sons and wives would have been ahead of a daughter in most circumstances. A touching and realistic look into life for Chinese-Canadians at this period in time but Chan doesn't limit herself there. She also shows the intolerant nature between the races of that society with Mai's Irish Catholic best friend being a target for school teasing and her family for contempt. At one point the teacher makes a plea [I'm paraphrasing] of how he can't understand the necessity for the children to concentrate on where they came from. Why the gangs of boys? British against Portuguese? Italian against Irish? Dutch against Spanish? etc. Mai makes note that there are not enough Chinese boys to make a gang. A good read, I enjoyed this one and it serves a good purpose within the series itself.
Date published: 2014-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Book You've got to read! This book is great for tweens(11,12 years old) till the age you can't read.I read it in 5th grade but I think if you read it you ought to be real mature if you aren't really mature wait a year or so it won't hurt you.I think that it is arough book but it made me open my eyes and actually see that we are quite lucky in the 21st century.If you have a chance to read this book do read it good luck reading!
Date published: 2005-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Gillian chan has taken Chinese Immigration history and made it an exciting read. This book is great and you'll want to read it over and over again as you follow the days of Chin Mei-Lings' life.
Date published: 2005-03-10

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Dear Canada: An Ocean Apart:"Scholastic has assembled some of Canada's most talented writers to pen an outstanding history series called 'Dear Canada.' Through careful research, gifted storytelling, credible and likable characters, the... books in this series bring the past to life through the stories of ordinary young people who lived through the extraordinary early days of our country." -Today's Parent, Five Star Review"Written by well-respected children's authors to introduce children to important aspects of the social history of Canada." -City Parent Magazine"What fine fiction these books are." -Books in Canada