Yi Fao: Speaking Through Memory
A History of New Westminister's Chinese Community 1858-1980
About the Book
Bravo to the New Westminster Museum and Archives for their groundbreaking research into the history of Yi Fao, and for their understanding that these records of the past will remain as a living contribution to enrich and strengthen our collective heritage. —Wayson Choy
This is the fascinating history of Yi Fao—the Chinese name for New Westminster, BC—told through photographs and personal recollections. Yi Fao means “second port,” a reference to the city’s place as the second point of entry to the province after Victoria.
The book offers an historical overview of Yi Fao that places in a broader context the stories of four key families of settlers: Law, Lee, Quan and Shiu. In each family’s story, siblings, grandchildren, grandparents and in-laws recount their memories. Their reminiscences offer a history not just of facts and dates, but of experiences and emotions. Compelling and poignant, this intimate glimpse into daily life and the city’s old Chinatown reveals a story of struggle, adventure and achievement.