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Potlatch Blanket for a China Man
by Mei-Li Lee
- Format: paperback, 238 pages
- Release date: May 21, 2019
- Publisher: author
- ISBN: 9780991808410 (099180841X)
- Language: english
- Author: Mei-Li Lee
About The Book
Unlike other accounts set in British Columbia, this literary history privileges non-European perspectives and celebrates the complex alliances among Chinese, First Nations, Blacks, Hawaiians, Mexicans, and women.
Tew Kin, a young imperial scholar discontent with his staid, privileged life leaves mid-nineteenth century China and his prosperous family and arrives in gold-crazed San Francisco. Based upon its auspicious-sounding name, he makes his way to Fort Hope, in the soon-to-be Colony of British Columbia.
Befriended by a Sto:lo youth, his clan and a Black saloon keep, suspicions of murder force Tew Kin to flee rather than test the bonds of friendship and frontier justice. His salvation begins in a diverse company of mule train drivers, along with their mixed families, and wends its course from Langley to Barkerville and through three generations to Victoria before a truth and a reconciliation are fully realized.
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