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The Concubine s Children is the story of a family cleaved in two for the sake of a father s dream There s Chan Sam, who left an at home wife in China to earn a living in Gold Mountain North America There s May ying, the wilful, seventeen year old concubine he bought, sight unseen, who labored in tea houses of west coast Chinatowns to support the family he would haveThe Concubine s Children is the story of a family cleaved in two for the sake of a father s dream There s Chan Sam, who left an at home wife in China to earn a living in Gold Mountain North America There s May ying, the wilful, seventeen year old concubine he bought, sight unseen, who labored in tea houses of west coast Chinatowns to support the family he would have in Canada, and the one he had in China It was the concubine s third daughter, the author s mother, who unlocked the past for her daughter, whose curiosity about some old photographs ultimately reunited a family divided for most of the last century.

  • Title: The Concubine's Children
  • Author: Denise Chong
  • ISBN: 9780140126020
  • Page: 389
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Denise Chong

Denise Chong, writer, public servant, political advisor b at Vancouver, BC 9 June 1953 Denise Chong, a third generation Canadian of Chinese descent, grew up in Prince George She earned a BA in Economics at the University of British Columbia 1975 and an MA in Economics and Public Policy at the University of Toronto 1978 Chong began her writing career as a journalist on the Ubyssey, the UBC student newspaper Denise Chong is renowned as a writer and commentator on Canadian history and on the family.A 1987 visit to her mother s ancestral village in Guangdong inspired Chong s best known book, The Concubine s Children 1994 It is the story of her grandmother May Ying the concubine and her mother Hing, and their life in the Chinatowns of British Columbia Much of that history had been hidden from Chong s own generation The book also tells the story of the family members who were unable to leave China, and lived there through the Japanese occupation, civil war, the Communist takeover, land reform, and the Cultural Revolution It is a story of courage, survival, struggle, and eventual triumph.The Concubine s Children won a number of awards, including the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non Fiction and the City of Vancouver Book Award Translated into many languages, it touched a chord among readers far beyond the Chinese Canadian world The book celebrates the contributions immigrants have made to a country that may not have welcomed them warmly, but did allow them to make their way in life Chong s work has stimulated other writers to embark on family histories, giving the stories of how their families settled in Canada Denise Chong herself is a dedicated, though not a flag waving, nationalist her feelings are captured in her 1994 speech Being Canadian, which has been widely anthologized.

The Concubine s Children The Concubine s Children documents the life of Denise Chong s grandfather, Chan Sam grandmother, May ying her mother, Hing or Winnie, as she was known outside of Chinatown her mother s siblings, Ping, Nan, and Gok leng and half sibling, Yuen Chan Sam had two wives, May ying in Canada and Huangbo in China, dividing the family between Canada and China. The Concubine s Children The Concubine s Children made China come alive knowing she was writing about actual people and those still living while she was doing her research If you want to understand the history involving Chinese families and the culture, this is one not to miss. The Concubine s Children by Denise Chong Apr , The Concubine s Children is a story about a Chinese family where half lives in China, the other half in Canada It starts out with the author s great grandfather, and his dreams of bettering himself and his financial situation in Canada. THE CONCUBINE S CHILDREN by Denise Chong Kirkus Reviews In her first book, Chong reconstructs the story of her mother s Chinese and Chinese Canadian family, skillfully mixing social history with family biography Using letters, public archives, interviews, and her mother s own memories, Chong creates a history rich in physical detail and emotional nuance She begins in , in Canton, when her grandmother, May ying, a year The Concubine s Child Kindle edition by Carol Jones Aug , The Concubine s Child is a compelling tale that sweeps you away to a country where money is power, freedom is often beyond reach, and the people are governed by the ancient superstitions, traditions, and spirituality that have been passed down and ingrained from generation to generation. The Concubine s Children Summary SuperSummary The Concubine s Children begins with Denise s grandparents, Chan Sam and May ying Chan Sam is a dedicated man, whose single overriding goal is to provide for his family Chan Sam is a dedicated man, whose single overriding goal is to provide for his family.

Comments The Concubine's Children

  • Laurie

    This is a family biography, the story of a family split by an ocean and by different ways of life. It’s a sad tale of prejudice, war, and brutality, as well as of love. Chan Sam had a wife and land in southern China in the 1920s, but word was that one could make enough money at ‘Gold Mountain’- Canada or the USA- for a person to set themselves up for life. So Chan Sam went to Canada to make his fortune. He didn’t like being alone- there were very, very few women in the Chinatowns at the [...]

  • Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh


  • Betty

    The Concubine's Children is a wonderfully crafted non-fiction book written by the granddaughter of the main characters. Chan Sam, a peasant, leaves his wife behind in China in order to go to the fabled "Golden Mountain" as Western Canada was refered to at the time (1913). He brings with him his Concubine, a beautiful but no-nonsense girl, to British Columbia, living in Vancouver's Chinatown. Expectations are high that Canada was a land of riches. All spare money was sent back to Chan Sam's wife [...]

  • Teghan

    This book was given to me as a gift and I cannot for the life of me understand why I hadn't read this earlier! A breathtaking memoir that spans a century. Chong writes so intimately, laying forth her family's history for all to see, the bad parts and the good parts. There is a quote on the front cover from The New York Times Book Review that summarizes this book so perfectly that I have to repeat it here:"Beautiful, haunting and wise, it lingers in the mind like a portrait one returns to often i [...]

  • Catherine

    Another incredible memoir. Very well-written. This is one of my absolute favorites.

  • Steven Langdon

    "The Concubine's Children" was first published in 1994, and became a long-time best-seller in Canada, having a major impact on many people's awareness of the past state abuse and discrimination endured by Canada's Chinese-origin population -- especially Chinese women. With the harrowing details in her hard-edged account of some sixty years of the lives of three generations of Chinese wives and daughters (all of it factual and presented with unsparing but calm deliberation,) Denise Chong provided [...]

  • Hilary

    Fascinating and heartbreaking true story of Chinese immigrants in B.C.'s Chinatowns in the mid-1900s. This tale recounts the story of Chan Sam and his progeny. Chan Sam came to Vancouver to make his fortune at the turn of the century. After 11 years he is still waiting for his metaphorical ship to come in, while his wife and child remain in China. Anxious to produce a male heir, he takes a second wife, the titular concubine, who joins him in Canada. But this wife, May-ying, is no wilting flower [...]

  • Marcy

    Chan Sam, married to a woman in China, takes on a concubine and moves to the new world of Vancouver, with the hopes of making a fortune to send home to China. May-ying, the concubine has two daughters. The entire Vancouver family goes back to China. May-ying leaves her two daughters in China with Chan Sam's wife when Chan Sam and his concubine moves back to Vancouver. May-ying works hard at waitressing to provide Chan Sam with money to send back to China to support his wife and two daughters, an [...]

  • Enikő

    Another good read. :o) It was a bit difficult at first, owing to the fact that I had trouble with the foreign names of people and places, but once I got into it, I could at least make out wether the author was writing of a person or a village. Some parts were very sad, all the more so because this is based on true events. Good ending, though. Nice to see the author derive joy of the outcome, finding meaning in all that happened and, finally, peace.

  • Toni

    This is the amazing story of a young woman who comes to North America (Canada)as a concubine. It is the story of the author's grandmother and is told with honesty and love. It exposes the injustices Chinese immigrants faced on the North American continent. A great story and a tribute to the author and her family. The story spans three generations, two continents.

  • Ann

    The memoir of a daughter born in the US (or was it Canada) to a Chinese man and his concubine. She unravels the history of her parents, both flawed in their own way, and her sisters that stayed in China with the 1st wife. An interesting read, although sometimes painful on the daughter's part, that explores the hierarchy and allegiances of the husband, 1st wife, and concubine.

  • Lbaker

    So many biographies do not read well, this one reads like fiction - which I mean as a compliment!Denise Chong grandmother May-Ying was the Concubine who moved to Canada from China to join her husband who she had never met. She lived most of her life in Vancouver, Nanaimo, and Victoria. The history of British Columbia was as interesting as the family history.

  • Val

    Wow! This book traces the family history of Ms. Chong's maternal side, and how the family was divided between China and Canada. A great history lesson about Vancouver and Nanaimo's Chinatowns, Canada's treatment of the Chinese, and of the hardships faced in China. A must-read.

  • Irene Dreger

    An excellent portrayal of the hardships and tenacity of the Chinese culture. Educational and heart wrenching. I was stunned to learn of the Chinese politics of quite modern times. As the Concubine is damaged she also damages her daughter and the two are forever in conflict. Not that this is a cultural thing but is common everywhere. I found the author’s handling of this narrative riveting, compelling and heart felt.

  • Germaine Lynch

    What an interesting, heartbreaking and inspiring story! Well-told and easy to read. I think this is an important story for all to read as it gives insight to the hardships often endured by immigrants and can encourage compassion for those whose stories we often know so little about.

  • Katrina

    Less easy to read than Snow Flower (which I also recently read), probably because it's a biography and has a lot of historical information as well. It wasn't real happy either, but I did find it interesting--especially the photographs, which made it all seem real.

  • Brian Liang

    One of the best written memoirs of a Chinese-Canadian family in the mid 1800's to 1930s. It's so strikingly similar to what my ancestors went through. I had a chance to meet Denise Chong and had her sign my copy in high school; a must read.

  • Jane Glen

    This memoir was a sad and poignant story of life lived between two cultures.

  • Debra Donaldson

    Great insight into what was seen in a whole new perspective

  • Susan Finck

    3.75 stars

  • Arielle Masters

    Author's exploration of her parents' and grandparents' history through the mid- to late-1900s, sparked by family photos. They started in China. Some stayed; some emigrated to Canada and returned; some emigrated and stayed, only to visit much later. There are a lot of themes. Exploration of the poor immigrant experience in various Chinatowns in Canada over the years. How hard her mother's parents had to work to support themselves and their families, both in Canada and back in China. Frustrations [...]

  • Louise

    Story Description:To me, China was what was left behind when the boat carrying my grandmother, pregnant with my mother, docked in Vancouver. China was the soil underfoot in the photograph of the two sisters who, as I thought then, would never meet the third, my mother. China was where you’d find yourself if you dug a hole deep enough to come out the other side of the EarthE CONCUBINE’S CHILDREN is the story of a family cleaved in two for the sake of a father’s dream. There’s Chan Sam, wh [...]

  • Allison

    I'm so glad that Denise Chong took on this project. The Concubine's Children chronicles a really interesting story of her grandparents' immigration to Canada, and the challenges they faced. It adds to the archives of the Chinese-Canadian experience, and it's important.But more than that, this is a story about life, expectations, aspirations and family ties -- and real observations on each of these. In these ways it reminds me of the wonderful novel (one of my favourites!) The Good Earth, not bec [...]

  • Grace

    The Concubine's Children is a story about a Chinese family where half lives in China, the other half in Canada. It starts out with the author's great grandfather, and his dreams of bettering himself and his financial situation in Canada. It then follows the family through parts of their lives in Canada and China during the Sino-Japanese war, the Chinese Cultural revolution, the Great Depression that hit both Canada and America, and even the times of strong prejudice that the Chinese faced. Chong [...]

  • Dina

    It was a struggle on whether to give this book three or four stars; if I could I would give it three and a half stars. What kept it from being four stars was that I got a little confused sometimes between grandparents and parents and siblings, and also I got a little bogged down at times with the historical events of the time, although that was interesting. Nevertheless, this is an engaging story about a complicated family separated by distance and war. The struggles and pain suffered by everyon [...]

  • Sonja

    This is a memoir written by the grandaughter of the concubine. In 1913, her grandfather left his first wife in China to earn a living in Canada. He bought a Chinese concubine, and brought her to Canada to be with him. He returned to China when he could and fathered a sought after son with his first wife. Despite his decade's long absence, he supported his Chinese family, often times with money earned by his concubine in Canada.The concubine ended up being an abusive mother, alcoholic, and genera [...]

  • Czarny Pies

    Ce livre est une histoire d'une famille d'immigrants chinois qui couvre la periode entre 1900 et 1960. Le patriache familial arrive au Canada durant la derniere decenne de la dynastie Manchu. Il laisse derriere lui une femme. Il emporte avec lui des attitudes vieilles de quatre cent ans. Il semble ne pas prendre conniassance ni de la chute de l'Empire Manchu en 1949, ni de l'existence de la Republique ni de la chute de la Republique devant les forces communistes de Mao.Le patriarche prend une co [...]

  • Anyta

    very interesting read and powerful in that I am extremely grateful not to have lived in such a government dominated society. Too bad more people do not read of the rise of communism and see similar parallels of what is happening in America. The culture of all must be equal and someone working their ass off to provide for family only to have a government say 'we are taking this, you shouldn't have so much when others have so little" thus requiring families to "sell" off children and family having [...]

  • Orla Hegarty

    A narrative that captures a family divided between China and Gold Mountain (Canada) during most of the 20th century.My own parents traveled to Canada in order to pursue different dreams and escaped from a different harshness of life left behind in their country of origin yet I am left feeling a kinship with Ms. Chong. She managed to weave together the story of her family and I find that strangely inspiring at a time in my life when I am just starting to do the same. Anyone wanting to understand [...]

  • Petra

    I felt this book gave a down-to-earth look at clashing cultures, ideas and societies. There are no heroes in this book and no villians. Everyone makes mistakes that hurt, skew and shape the future. Everyone does their best to make it through life. Sometimes that's not a pretty picture. But it is Life. This story is about a family torn apart by immigration. One half remains in China, one half immigrates to Canada. It's interestingly told and, living in Vancouver, I'm tempted to visit the graves o [...]

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