The Diary of Dukesang Wong: A Voice from Gold Mountain (Paperback)

The Diary of Dukesang Wong: A Voice from Gold Mountain By David McIlwraith (Editor), Wanda Joy Hoe (Translator), Dukesang Wong Cover Image
By David McIlwraith (Editor), Wanda Joy Hoe (Translator), Dukesang Wong
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Here is the only known first-person account from a Chinese worker on the famously treacherous parts of transcontinental railways that spanned the North American continent in the nineteenth century. The story of those Chinese workers has been told before, but never in a voice from among their number, never in a voice that lived through the experience. Here is that missing voice, a voice that changes our understanding of the history it tells and that so many believed was lost forever. Dukesang Wong's written account of life working on the Canadian Pacific Railway, a Gold Mountain life, tells of the punishing work, the comradery, the sickness and starvation, the encounters with Indigenous Peoples, and the dark and shameful history of racism and exploitation that prevailed up and down the North American continent. The Diary of Dukesang Wong includes all the selected entries translated in the mid-1960s by his granddaughter, Wanda Joy Hoe, for an undergraduate sociology paper. Background history and explanations for the diary's unexplained references are provided by David McIlwraith, the book's editor, who also considers why the diarist's voice and other Chinese voices have been silenced for so long.

About the Author

David McIlwraith has been a writer, teacher, actor, and director. During a career in theatre, film, and television, he wrote and directed award-nominated documentaries and television programs, including Celesta Found, The Lynching of Louie Sam, and Harrowsmith Country Life. He has worked extensively across Canada in the development of new Canadian plays. As an actor, he has played roles from Romeo to Prospero, and he has taught at the University of Toronto and the University of Alberta. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario, with his wife and daughter and spends summers with friends on Salt Spring Island.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781772012583
ISBN-10: 1772012580
Publisher: Talonbooks
Publication Date: September 16th, 2020
Pages: 144
Language: English