The Way of the Bachelor: Early Chinese Settlement in Manitoba by Alison R. MarshallThe Way of the Bachelor: Early Chinese Settlement in Manitoba by Alison R. Marshall

The Way of the Bachelor: Early Chinese Settlement in Manitoba

byAlison R. MarshallForeword bythe Hon. Inky Mark

Paperback | January 1, 2012

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The lives of early Japanese and Chinese settlers in British Columbia have come to define the Asian experience in Canada. Yet many Chinese men did not seek their destiny on British Columbia, but followed the railway east, settling in small Prairie towns and cities.

The Way of the Bachelor documents the religious beliefs and cultural practices that sustained and leant meaning to Chinese bachelors in Manitoba. In the absence of women and family, these men opened the region’s first laundries and, by the turn of the twentieth century, developed a new kind of restaurant – the Chinese cafe. They maintained their ties to the Old World and negotiated a place for themselves in the new through a process called Dao – the way of the bachelor. At cafes and restaurants, churches and Christians associations, and the offices of the Chinese Nationalist Party, bachelors fostered a vibrant homosocial culture based on friendship, everyday religious practices, the example of Sun Yat-sen, and the sharing of food.

This fascinating exploration of the intersection of gender, migration, and religion in small Prairie towns and cities broadens our understanding of the Chinese quest for identity in North America. With a Foreword by the Honourable Inky Mark, former Member of Parliament for Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette.

Alison R. Marshall is an associate professor in the Department of Religion at Brandon University.
Title:The Way of the Bachelor: Early Chinese Settlement in ManitobaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:January 1, 2012Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0774819162

ISBN - 13:9780774819169

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Table of Contents


1 Christianity and the Manitoba Kuomintang

2 The Western Manitoba Laundry

3 The Western Manitoba Restaurant

4 Chinese Food and Identity

5 The Religion of Chinese Manitobans and KMT Confucianism





Editorial Reviews

The Way of the Bachelor is a beautiful, deeply moving portrait of the lived experience of Chinese immigrants in Manitoba. Through carefully nuanced historical and ethnographic analyses, Marshall explores the everyday practices and rituals through which these immigrants defined and transformed their relationships to each other and their community. Her book opens up a host of new perspectives on Chinese religions in practice and on the immigrant experience. - Michael Puett, author of To Become a God: Cosmology, Sacrifice, and Self-Divinization in Early China