An Ocean Apart : the Gold Mountain Diary of Chin Mei-Ling / Gillian Chan.
By: Chan, Gillian.Series: Dear Canada. Publisher: Markham, ON : Scholastic Canada, 2004Edition: 1st Ed.Description: 217 p. : ill., map ; 20 cm.ISBN: 9780779113538 (hbk).Subject(s): Chinese -- Canada -- Fiction | Immigrants -- Fiction | Interpersonal relations -- Fiction | Diaries -- Fiction | Chinatown (Vancouver, B.C.) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction | Vancouver (B.C.) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction | Canada -- History -- 1914-1945 -- FictionOnline resources: Publisher's Website. | Check the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) for Availability.
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In 1922, in the Chinatown district of Vancouver, BC, twelve-year-old Chin Mei-ling and her father work several jobs to save money for the ''Head Tax'' that will allow her mother and baby brother to immigrate from China.
Monday, November 13, 1922
My Baba looked very serious and he asked me how much I thought about Ma. Everyday, was what I said, but I did not tell him that I thought of Ma many times each day. Baba smiled and said that he did too. He looked very hard at me, making sure our eyes saw each other. "I promise, Mei-ling," he said, "that we will do everything we can to bring your mother and brother here." He gripped my arm, so tight that it hurt. I knew that what Baba said was true. If we continue to work hard and save our money, we can pay their fares and their tax, just like Uncle Wing-lok did for us.
Thursday, November 16, 1922
Baba has never told me exactly how much we have saved, but I know his dream is for both Ma and Little Brother to come together. When I think how much money we need, I feel very small. A thousand dollars and their fare on the boat - how many hours will we have to work for that?" (Book Jacket)