Inside Chinatown

Ancient Culture in a New World

By (author) Robert Amos & Kileasa Wong
Categories: Asian history, History, History and Archaeology, China, East Asia, Far East, Asia, Place qualifiers
Publisher: Touchwood Editions
Hardcover : 9781894898911, 160 pages, August 2009


Victoria’s Chinatown is Canada’s oldest Chinese neighbourhood and has a lineage unbroken since 1858. With large-format colour photos and photocollages, Robert Amos and Kileasa Wong take you behind the doors of the 29 private clubs that make up the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, where you’ll see the gilded altars, antique art and ornate furniture that grace the meeting halls. Through stunning pictures and text in both Chinese and English, you will meet the club members and take an inside look at the culture of this complex community. Inside Chinatown is sure to become a landmark publication chronicling the vibrant heritage of Chinese Canadians.
Inside Chinatown was voted Monday Magazine’s Non-Fiction Book of the Year, and authors Robert Amos and Kileasa Wong were presented with a 2010 Outstanding Achievement Award from BC Heritage for their work on Inside Chinatown.


A highly readable history of the Chinese community in Victoria. Its beautiful, respectful pages make an important contribution to our understanding. —Times Colonist