The writing on the wall : chinese and japanese immigration to BC, 1920 / Hilda Glynn-Ward ; with an introduction by Patricia E. Roy.
- Toronto, [Ontario] ; Buffalo, [New York] : University of Toronto Press, 2010.
- Social history of Canada ; 20.
Social history of Canada ; 20
1 online resource (150 p.)
- Chinese fiction -- British Columbia.
Japanese fiction -- British Columbia.
British Columbia -- Race relations -- Fiction.
- Electronic books.
- With tales of a gruesome murder, a typhoid epidemic, corrupt politicians, and a Japanese invasion, The Writing on the Wall was intended to shock its readers when it was published in 1921. Thinly disguised as a novel, it is a propaganda tract exhorting white British Columbians to greater vigilance to prevent greedy politicians from selling out to the Chinese and Japanese. It was also designed to convince eastern Canada of British Columbia's need for protections against an onslaught of the 'yellow peril.'This novel is not exceptional in its extreme racism; it reiterates almost every anti-oriental cliché circulating in British Columbia at the time of its publication. While modern readers will find the story horrifying and unbelievable, it is in fact based on real incidents. Many of the views expressed were only exaggerated versions of ideas held throughout the country about non-Anglo-Saxon immigrants. The Writing on the Wall is a vivid illustration of the fear and prejudice with which immigrants were regarded in the early twentieth century.
Part I. The past
Chapter 1. Introducing one Chung Lee and another man of parts
Chapter 2. In which Gordon Morley tells no secrets
Chapter 3. Which introduces Lizzie Laidlaw
Chapter 4. In which the 'Empress' unships a valuable cargo
Chapter 5. In which a famous lawyer finds himself in a hurry
Chapter 6. Describing a yacht and a career
Chapter 7. In which the fish inspector sees something that makes him sit up
Chapter 8. In which Harding comes upon a 'pleasant joke'
Chapter 9. In which Harding finds that two and two make four
Chapter 10. In which Mrs Morley attends a reception
Chapter 11. In which one Chinaman escapes justice and another gets a government job
Part 2. The present (ten years after)
Chapter 12. In which we hear of a wedding and a death
Chapter 13. Which tells of an elopement
Chapter 14. Showing the perspicacity of Peter McReady
Chapter 16. In which there are many rumors and a few facts
Chapter 17. In which Rose's nose is put out of joint and a man reaches the last stages
Chapter 18. In which we meet Chung Lee again as a winner
Chapter 19. In which the lieutenant-governor is confronted by a choice
Part 3. The future
Chapter 20. In which positions are reversed
Chapter 21. In which yellow wins
Chapter 22. In which many things are made clear
- "Reprinted in 2010"--Title page verso.
Original edition published in 1921 by Sun Publishing Company, Vancouver.
Includes bibliographical references.
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (ebrary, viewed September 20, 2016).
- Roy, Patricia E., writer of introduction.
- Publisher Number:
- 10.3138/9781442627628 doi
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