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Unlike other accounts set in British Columbia, this literary history privileges non-European perspectives and celebrates the complex alliances among Chinese, First Nations, Blacks, Hawaiians, Mexicans and women. 

Tew Kin, a young imperial solar discontent with his staid, privileged life leaves min-nineteenth century China and his prosperous family and arrives in gold-crazed San Francisco. Based upon its auspicious-sounding name, he makes his way to Fort Hope, in the soon-to-be Colony of British Columbia. 

Befriended by a Sto:lo youth, his clan and Black saloon keep, suspicions of murder force Tew Kin to flee rather than test the bonds of friendship and frontier justice. His salvation begins in a diverse company of mule train drivers, along with their mixed families, and wends its course from Langley to Baskerville and through three generations before a truth and reconciliation are fully recognized.


Mei-Li Lee


Paperback: 238 pages
Publisher: Library and Archives Canada (May 15 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0991808436
ISBN-13: 978-0991808434