A collection of eight short stories rooted in Chinese folk tradition, by a Chinese-Canadian historian and writer. The Chinese have been in North America for 140 years, yet are still frequently seen as ""foreigners"": the ""major role [they've played] in helping to transform the west coast of this continent"" has been ignored, declares Yee in a helpful afterword. Describing Chinese involvement in 19th-century gold rushes, railroad construction, farming, and other industries, these stories are excellent for reading aloud--well constructed, entertaining, and suspenseful. They touch realistically and sensitively on harsh times, racial hostilities, great sorrows, and old-country misogyny. Each opens with a striking painting in a heroic, sculptural style by an award-winning Brunei-Canadian magazine artist. Handsome format; compelling reading.