Chasing Their Dreams' recreates the hardships early Chinese settlers faced in Northwestern British Columbia: harsh land and climate, little or no financial resources, deep-set prejudice and sometimes racial violence.
Panning for gold, making ties for the railroad, canning fish, running laundries and restaurants, these people persevered despite persecution by the local populace and the provincial and federal governments. The documentation of Chinese relations with northern First Nations, going all the way back to 458 BC, make this book one of the most thoroughly researched histories of Chinese settlement in British Columbia.
Lily was born in Malaysia but has lived Canada since the mid-sixties. She has taught in the Prince George School District and at the University of Northern British Columbia. Currently, she works as an interpreter and translator. She is the author of Sojourners in the North, which won the Jeanne Clarke history award and Chasing Ther Dreams.
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Caitlin; 1st edition (Jan. 1 2001)