WONG, David H.T.




Author Tags: Chinese, History

Author/artist David H. T. Wong was born and raised in Vancouver, B.C. He is an accomplished architect and a respected Asian Canadian community activist whose family first came to Canada from China 130 years ago. He speaks both English and Cantonese.

David H.T. Wong's first graphic narrative Escape to Gold Mountain is a comprehensive inventory of the injustices and cruelty endured by Chinese in North America, with a focus on British Columbia and six generations of his Wong family, culminating in the full apology that were rendered by Prime Minister Harper on behalf of the Canadian government on June 22, 2006 and U.S. resolutions of regret in the Senate (October 6, 2011) and House of Representatives (June 18, 2012).

According to the publisher, "readers will note disconcerting similarities between the historical prejudices against Chinese immigrants and today’s fear-mongering rhetoric and legislation against Hispanic and Middle Eastern immigrants."

Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
Escape to Gold Mountain: A Graphic History of the Chinese in North America

BOOKS:

Escape to Gold Mountain: A Graphic History of the Chinese in North America
(Arsenal, 2012; 2nd printing Arsenal 2014) $19.95. 978-1-55152-476-4

[BCBW 2014] "Chinese"