The Excluded Wife
tells the epic story of a Chinese woman's struggle against discrimination and persecution set against the backdrop of Canadian and Chinese history.
A village woman from South China, Sau-Ping marries a Chinese man living in Canada in the late 1920s, but the Exclusion Act prohibits her from joining him. For more than 20 years she remains in China, separated from her husband. Yuen-fong Woon gives voice to the first generation of post-war Chinese immigrant women, capturing the tragedy, courage and triumph of those who made the journey overseas.
"A compelling read. The Excluded Wife very effectively presents the social history of a Chinese woman's everyday life in twentieth-century Canada. The story is extremely dramatic in that her life is entangled in epic developments in Chinese history." Harold Mah, Department of History, Queen's University