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In Mami: My Grandmother's Journey, Rebeca Lau invites us along as she returns to what is still home after almost two decades away. In Tapachula, on the west coast of Mexico bordering Guatemala, Mami reminisces about a family history going back to 1919. As Mami tells stories, she cooks up familiar Chinese and Mexican delicacies, and the complexities of belonging and not belonging to China, Mexico, and Canada become clearer to Rebeca. As Rebeca explores the multigenerational family compound built around a general store, talks with longtime Chinese families clustered nearby, and visits childhood haunts, the result is a unique journey of discovery. Highly readable even as it embodies deeper meanings, this book narrates the experiences of three generations of Chinese, tying together their lives around the Pacific.
Jean Barman, Professor Emeritus of UBC, and author of The West Beyond the West: A History of British Columbia and many other books about BC history
An exciting and groundbreaking series, Gold Mountain Stories boldly reimagines North America s engagement with the Pacific world by bringing to light the long ignored and untold stories of Chinese migrant experiences through their interactions and relationships with other Asian migrants, indigenous peoples, and European migrants.
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Rebeca Lau was born in Tapachula, Chiapas, growing up in a closely knit Chinese family in Mexico. After leaving Mexico, Rebeca finished high school in Delaware, and graduated from university in Los Vegas. Rebeca joined her parents when they moved to Vancouver and currently she works at the University of British Columbia. Mami is Rebeca's first book and recounts the story of her maternal grandmother.
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Book Description Chinese Canadian Historical Society of British Columbia and Initiative for Student Research and Teaching in Chinese Canadian Studies, 2010. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0978342054