Tales from Gold Mountain (Paperback)
In Spirits of the Railway, a young man appeases the ghosts of dead Chinese railroad workers who were never properly buried; in Forbidden Fruit, a father's prejudice prevents his beloved daughter from finding happiness with a man of another race; in Sons and Daughters, a wealthy merchant finds that his obsession to leave his business to sons has tragic results; and in The Revenge of the Iron Chink, Chinese salmon cannery workers achieve sweet and shocking revenge after they lose their jobs to an automated canning machine.
These tales are funny, sad, romantic and earthy, but ultimately, as a collection, they reflect the gritty optimism of the Chinese who overcame prejudice and adversity to build a unique place for themselves in North America. Accompanied by stunning and dramatic paintings by award-winning illustrator Simon Ng, this collection is a reminder of the important role the Chinese have played in the history of this continent.
• Winner of the IODE National Chapter Award, 1989
• Winner of the IODE Violet Downey Book Award, 1989
• Winner of the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Award, 1989
• "Ng's cool, brooding full-page paintings have an intense presence that enhances the stories' exotic flavor, and the overall design is elegant. A book not to miss." — Booklist, starred review
• "Handsome format; compelling reading." — Kirkus
• "With its excellent writing and deeply symbolic illustrations, this book is highly recommended." — Rutgers