A Cowherd in Paradise

A Cowherd in Paradise

From China to Canada

Book - 2012
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In 2006, the Prime Minister apologized to the Chinese people for the legislated discrimination created by Canada's head tax laws in the first half of the twentieth century, acknowledging the far-reaching and long-term consequences it has had on their families. A Cowherd in Paradise is the story of one such family. The book chronicles the remarkable lives of Wong Guey Dang (1902-1983) and Jiang Tew Thloo (1911-2002). Ah Dang was born into an impoverished family and sold as a child. In 1921, his adoptive father paid a five-hundred-dollar head tax to send Ah Dang to Canada. Eight years later, driven to create a family of his own, Ah Dang returned to China, where he chose Ah Thloo as his bride from a matchmaker's photo. As a child, Ah Thloo worked as a cowherd and from the age of six was responsible for her family's fortune--their water buffalo. Ah Thloo not only became a wife and mother, but also grew to be a courageous defender against invaders and a champion of the weak. Married for over half a century, the couple was forced to live apart for twenty-five years because of Canada's exclusionary immigration laws. In Canada, Ah Dang became a successful Montreal restaurateur; while in China, Ah Thloo struggled to survive through natural disasters, wars, and revolutions. A Cowherd in Paradise is the moving tale of one couple's search for love, family, and forgiveness.
Publisher: [Surrey, B.C.] : Brindle & Glass, c2012.
ISBN: 9781926972404
Branch Call Number: 971. 428004951 WON
Characteristics: ix, 246 p. : ill., ports., geneal. table ; 23 cm.

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