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The Way of the Bachelor

Early Chinese Settlement in Manitoba

The lives of early Japanese and Chinese settlers in British Columbia have come to define the Asian experience in Canada. Yet many men travelled beyond British Columbia to settle in small Prairie towns and cities. Chinese bachelors opened the region’s first laundries and Chinese cafes. They maintained ties to the Old World and negotiated a place in the new by fostering a vibrant homosocial culture based on friendship, everyday religious practices, the example of Sun Yat-sen, and the sharing of food. This exploration of the intersection of gender and migration in rural Canada, in particular, offers new takes on the Chinese quest for identity in North America in general. With a preface by the Honourable Inky Mark, former Member of Parliament for Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette.

Table of Contents


1 Christianity and the Manitoba Kuomintang

2 The Western Manitoba Laundry

3 The Western Manitoba Restaurant

4 Chinese Food and Identity

5 The Religion of Chinese Manitobans and KMT Confucianism





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