The Chinese in Vancouver, 1945-80: The Pursuit of Identity and Power by Wing Chung NgThe Chinese in Vancouver, 1945-80: The Pursuit of Identity and Power by Wing Chung Ng

The Chinese in Vancouver, 1945-80: The Pursuit of Identity and Power

byWing Chung Ng

Paperback | October 15, 2000

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In The Chinese in Vancouver, Wing Chung Ng captures thefascinating story of the city's Chinese in their search foridentity. He juxtaposes the cultural positions of different generationsof Chinese immigrants and their Canadian-born descendants and unveilsthe ongoing struggle over the definition of being Chinese. It is anengrossing story about cultural identity in the context of migrationand settlement, where the influence of the native land and the appealof the host city continued to impinge on the consciousness of theethnic Chinese.

The Chinese in Canada is long overdue in view of the many previousstudies that tend to describe Chinese people as victims of racialprejudice and discrimination and Chinese identity a matter of Westerncultural hegemony. Ng's account gives the Chinese people their ownvoice and shows that the Chinese in Vancouver had much to say and oftendisagreed about the meaning of being Chinese.

In his concluding chapter, Ng looks beyond the Canadian context byengaging in a comparative discussion of the experiences of ethnicChinese elsewhere in the diaspora. References to the Chinese in variousSoutheast Asian countries and the U.S. force a rethinking of"Chineseness." He ends with reflections about Vancouver'sChinese community since 1980.

Wing Chung Ng teaches in the Department of History at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Title:The Chinese in Vancouver, 1945-80: The Pursuit of Identity and PowerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:October 15, 2000Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Early Settlement and the Contours of Identity

3. Renewed Immigration and Cultural Redefinition

4. Local-Born Chinese and the Challenge to an ImmigrantDiscourse

5. Old-Timers, Public Rituals, and the Resilience of TraditionalOrganizations

6. Negotiating Identities between Two Worlds, 1945-70

7. Constructing Chineseness in the Multicultural Arena

8. Beyond a Conclusion






Editorial Reviews

Theoretically informed, concise, and solidly documented, Ng’s work is not just about the turbulent and fascinating history of Vancouver’s Chinese community. It also shows just how much the Chinese had to say and to debate among themselves about who and what defined them and their community as Chinese. - Gary Watson - CBRA 4193