A New Picture
Book Invites You Inside Chinatown
"highly readable history of
the Chinese community in Victoria"
"insight... and glitter in a way that manages to be respectful
and a little chatty at the same time"
"compelling are the images that appear on almost every page"
"a glimpse of a parallel and previously unknown world"
"its beautiful, respectful pages make an important contribution
to our understanding"
Lucinda Chodan, editor in chief of
the Times Colonist, September 13, 2009
Now, for the first time, you are invited
into the private clubs of the oldest Chinatown in North America.
Ravishing full-colour panoramic photo-collages show every one
of the meeting halls of Victoria's Chinese Consolidated Benevolent
Association. Here is a unique look into a tradition unbroken since
the Chinese arrived on Canadian shores in 1858.
Beginning with an essay and photos of
the history from the Gold Rush, the building of the Railway, the
Head Tax and Exclusion Act, the story brings us up to date with
an inside look at a vibrant community which is now the toast of
the Canadian cultural mosaic. In 29 chapters, one on each member
organization, colour pictures show the places and activities of
the clubs. The history of each group has been written with consultation
from their members.
Here are temples, opera orchestras,
kung fu clubs and much more, presented in their own colourful
headquarters. Unparalleled photographs of the antiques and art
treasures of Chinatown are matched with a careful text in both
Chinese and English. This book is a delight to look into, and
is sure to become the landmark text of a subject of compelling
Victoria artist Robert Amos and Kileasa
Wong, secretary of the CCBA, have been gathering pictures of the
CCBA's activities and meeting halls for more than twelve years.
Amos and editor Kileasa Wong visited and photographed all the
private clubs of Chinatown, focusing on the shrines and altars,
the art and antiques which richly adorn these rooms.
Inside Chinatown by Robert
Amos and Kileasa Wong,
160 pages, hardcover, colour throughout, $44.95.
Available at bookstores or at the Amos studio (open by appointment)
1129 McKenzie Street, (in the Cook Street Village), Victoria
or contact: Robert Amos,
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