Yip Sang

and the First Chinese Canadians

By (author): Frances Hern
ISBN 9781926936901
Softcover | Publication Date: October 15, 2011
Book Dimensions: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
144 Pages
$9.95 CAD
E-Book Price: $7.99 CAD

About the Book

During the second half of the 19th century, thousands of Chinese men arrived on the west coast of North America, seeking to escape poverty and make their fortunes in the goldfields or working on the railroads. Among them was 36-year-old Yip Sang, a native of Guangdong province in southeast China, who arrived in Vancouver in 1881 after failing to strike it rich in California. His luck was about to change. Through perseverance, hard work and an eye for opportunity, the enterprising Yip Sang amassed considerable wealth to pass on to his wives and 23 children when he died in 1927. As the unofficial mayor of Chinatown, Yip Sang was instrumental in helping new Chinese immigrants as they fought to overcome social, economic and political barriers. This fascinating history details the struggles and successes of Yip Sang and the first Chinese Canadians as they built new lives and left a lasting legacy for their families and community.

About the Author(s)

Frances Hern (1951–2015) was born in Birmingham, England, near Tolkien territory. An avid reader and writer, she moved to Canada in 1973 and lived most of her life in Golden, BC. She wrote poetry, non-fiction, and children's fiction, including Engraved: Canadian Stories of World War One; Yip Sang and the First Chinese Canadians; Arctic Explorers: In Search of the Northwest Passage; and Norman Bethune: The Incredible Life and Tragic Death of a Revered Canadian Doctor. Although she didn't enjoy high school history, she came to realize how strongly the past influences the present and aimed to share her knowlege in entertaining works of historical fiction and non-fiction.