A panoramic account of Chinese diaspora in Australia and North America during the 19th and 20th centuries, from the perspective of the Poy family. Readers will experience life of the Chinese in the goldfields in Australia at the height of the White Australia Policy, the horrors of the Second World War and of heroism, the life of high society in Hong Kong and the Japanese invasion, filed with spies and infiltrators. The turbulent events of the Chinese civil war, the establishment of the People's Republic of China, and the subsequent Cultural Revolution, are felt through the suffering of family members who remained in China. As luck would have it, due to wartime diplomatic bungling, one member of the Poy clan entered Canada with his family during Chinese Exclusion, where they eventually remained and prospered. This is the story of a family from the village of Shuizaikou where the streams meet, in Taishan county in south China.
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