Being Chinese in Canada
The Struggle for Identity, Redress and Belonging
Part memoir, part history, Being Chinese in Canada explores systemic discrimination against the Chinese Canadian community and the effects of the redress movement.
- Winner, Blue Metropolis Diversity / Conseil des arts de Montréal Literary Prize 2020
“. ..William Ging Wee Dere’s book is packed with previously unpublished information and peopled with mostly unknown names; it takes us into little-known milieus and often hits us with unsuspected insights. But his writing style, swinging from matter of fact reporting to lyrical reflections, and his often self-deprecating, wry humour, lighten the reader’s mood by providing comic relief in the thick of a long epic struggle…. William Ging Wee Dere’s book itself reads like a superb film script. And it stands out as a major decolonial anatomy of English/French settler hegemony in Canada. Any takers?” - Jooneed J Khan. Montreal Serai, July 1, 2019- Jooneed J Khan
“Though not an academic work, Dere’s book is nevertheless a dense read that will likely prove useful for high school and even college-level study. Students of Canadian history – especially Asian-Canadian history – will find this a welcome addition to an underexposed aspect of the Canadian story, especially with regard to the ways in which the Chinese-Canadian community shaped its relationship with Canada into what it is today. ” ~ Quill & Quire, June 26, 2019- Dan K. Woo
“Born into a family separated between China and Canada, growing up in a Montreal hand laundry, activist William Ging Wee Dere perceptively tracks his own and all Chinese Canadians’ pathway towards political and social equality.”- Jean Barman, UBC professor emeritus and member of the Vancouver Historical Discrimination against People of Chinese Descent Advisory Group, 2017–18