February 27, 10:00 am in the Atrium
McNally Robinson, 1120 Grant Ave.
Alison R. Marshall
February 28, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
The Way of the Bachelor: Early Chinese Settlement in Manitoba.
The lives of early Japanese and Chinese settlers in British Columbia have come to define the Asian experience in Canada. Yet many Chinese men did not seek their destiny in British Columbia, but followed the railway east, settling in small Prairie towns and cities.
The Way of the Bachelor documents the religious beliefs and cultural practices that sustained Chinese bachelors in Manitoba. In the absence of women and family, these men opened the region’s first laundries and developed a new kind of restaurant, the Chinese cafe. They maintained their ties to the Old World and negotiated a place for themselves in the new through a process called Dao, the way of the bachelor.
Alison R. Marshall is an associate professor in the Department of Religion at Brandon University and the receipient of the 2011 Manitoba Day Award from the Association for Manitoba Archives.
SHAW TV Book Club
February 28, 7:00 pm in the Travel Alcove
The title under discussion this evening is Austin Wright’s Tony and Susan, a recently rediscovered 1994 novel in which a wife finds herself confronting a devastating parallel darkness from her past while reading a manuscript received from her vengeful ex-husband.