My brother just found this old article from The Toronto Star. My dad is the guy in the front row with his head down. He was one of the first “boat people” who landed in Canada.
The name “Versailles” refers to “Versailles Arms Apartment,” the New Orleans East public housing project where a tight-knit group of Vietnamese refugees was first resettled in 1975. The refugees have fled their homes twice already in their life time—first from North to South Vietnam to escape communist persecution in 1957, and then to New Orleans from the war in 1975.
Interior of Victoria Rice Mills showing rice packaged in mats and Chinese worker. ca. 1889. Victoria, BC, Credit: Reford, Robert W.
In The Chinese in Cuba, 1847-Now, Mauro García Triana and Pedro Eng write: According to [musicologist] Jesús Blanco, a band of Abakuá mulattos in the Colón district, from the Urianabon [a lodge of the aforementioned religious brotherhood called Abakuá, with roots in the Leopard Society of the West African Cross River region] and known as Los Chinos de Colón, played a chinese gong, but that was a rarity. Chinatown was not far from Colón, and some mulatto descendant of Chinese may have known how to use the gong.
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