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Yuen-fong Woon

Yuen-fong Woon was a professor of Pacific and Asian Studies at the University of Victoria. She received a masters degree in philosophy from the University of Hong Kong and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of British Columbia. Her Ph.D. thesis formed the basis for her work Social Organization in South China, 1911-1949: The Case of the Kuan Lineage of K’ai-p’ing County.


The Excluded Wife

Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1998.
PS8595 .O665 E93 1998

Publisher’s Synopsis

In the early 1930s Sau-Ping, a village woman in South China, went through an arranged marriage with a man who emigrated to Canada. She was prevented from joining him by the racist Chinese Canadian Immigration (Exclusion) Act — which prohibited the families of Chinese labourers working in Canada from entering the country. Using the true stories of Chinese women … Woon has created a riveting fictional account of their experiences, told through the character of Sau-Ping.

Selected Criticism and Interpretation

Byrne, Elizabeth. “Neither this nor that: The hyphenated existence of Chinese children growing up in twentieth century North America.” M.A. thesis, Simon Fraser University, 2005. Accessed August 30, 2013.
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