The labours of Dukesang Wong

The first known account of a Chinese railroad labourer from the 1880s tells of appalling work conditions, racism, exploitation, camaraderie with other Chinese migrants and finally, a happy family life. FULL STORY

A girl and three iron soldiers

May 22nd, 2020

Métis playwright Marie Clements’ latest work, Iron Peggy (Talonbooks $16.95) employs magic realism to span multi-generations and link contemporary times to WWI (1914 – 1918). Mostly it follows the story of Peg, a young girl struggling at boarding school while being bullied. Peg’s father is absent and the school administration is disinterested and unwilling to intervene. When her Grandmother dies, an unexpected gift arrives – three cast iron soldiers that magically come to life in the form of Indigenous snipers from WWI. The soldiers teach Peg survival skills to take on her bullies. Clements’ play was commissioned by the Vancouver International Children’s Festival and appeals to both young and old audiences. 9781772012538

 

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