Paul Yee A Superior Man

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For more than thirty years, Paul Yee has written about his Chinese-Canadian heritage in award-winning books for young readers as well as adult non-fiction. Here, in his first work of fiction for adults, he takes us on a harrowing journey into a milestone event of Canadian history: the use of Chinese coolies to help build the Canadian Pacific Railway in British Columbia in hazardous conditions.

After the CPR is built in 1885, Yang Hok, a former coolie, treks along the railway to return his half-Chinese/half-Native son to the boy's mother where he confronts the conflicts arising from road-building among the Chinese and Native peoples. Hok's guide on the often perilous trip, Sam Bing Lew, also of mixed Chinese-Native blood, urges Hok to take his son to China, while Hok has dreams of finding fortune in America. The two men agree on little, as many issues fester between Chinese and Natives at a time when both races were disdained as inferior by whites ("redbeards").

This far-reaching novel crackles with the brutal, visceral energy of the time—a period marked by contraband, illegal gambling, disfigurement, and death. It also depicts the bawdy world of Chinese "bachelors," whose families remained in China while they worked in Canada, and who enjoyed more freedom to live their lives without restraint. Yang Hok is not an easy man to like; but through the blood and sweat of his experience, he aspires to become the "superior man" he knows he should be. Boldly frank and steeped in history, A Superior Man paints a vivid portrait of the experience of the Chinese in North America in the 19th century.

Paul Yee's twenty-seven books for young people include the Governor General's Award-winning Ghost Train. This is his first novel for adults.


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Paul Yee: Paul Yee grew up in Vancouver’s Chinatown. He has written many books, most of them for young audiences; his novel Ghost Train won the Governor General’s Award for children’s literature in 1996. His non-fiction includes Saltwater City, a history of the Chinese in Vancouver.

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"Paul Yee's adrenaline-fueled story is life lived on a knife's edge sometimes literally in telling what a Chinese railway coolie intends to do days before returning to China: deliver his young son, of mixed Chinese-Native blood, to the boy's mother. Set in a time of lawless attitudes bred of racism, not just against the Chinese but also against Natives and those of mixed-blood, A Superior Man brings to life a coolie's daily travails, where the weight of expectations of those he's left behind in China and the fear of failure blur the line between honor and treachery." Denise Chong, author of The Concubine's Children

"Miraculously, Paul Yee is able to take the often ugly facts of History and its movers and shakers, its peons and oppressed, and weave an epic tapestry of unforgettable (because realistic) personalities, detailed dilemmas of love in a time of cholera and anti-'coolie' hysteria, and vivid recreation of migrant, Chinese overseas culture—and Sino-Anglo speech Kudos to Paul on his successful revelation of the Native and Chinese struggles and survival that give Canada, even now, a cosmopolitan citizenry. Likenesses? Think Garcia Marquez in scope, but Hemingway in directness. A Superior Man is a superb novel." George Elliott Clarke, author of Whylah Falls and George & Rue

"A Superior Man is the work of a first-rank storyteller. In it, Paul Yee brings to life the Chinese railway experience in 19th-century British Columbia with an impressive attention to detail and understanding of Chinese culture. His re-telling of the immigrant experience is taut, visceral, and ultimately redemptive." Kevin Chong, author of Baroque-a-Nova and Northern Dancer

"A riveting story and fitting tribute to the harsh and complex lives of Chinese railroad workers as told by a master storyteller with an impressive knowledge of Chinese and Native Canadian history, literature, and culture. The novel is full of Chinese proverbs and graphic language, and rich with detailed descriptions of places, people, and events. A most enjoyable and informative read." Judy Yung, Professor Emerita of American Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

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