Yuen-fong Woon

Yuen-fong Woon was a professor of Pacific and Asian Studies at the University of Victoria. She received a masters degree in philosophy from the University of Hong Kong and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of British Columbia. Her Ph.D. thesis formed the basis for her work Social Organization in South China, 1911-1949: The Case of the Kuan Lineage of K’ai-p’ing County. Woon was born in 1943.

Fiction

The Excluded Wife

Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1998.
PS8595 .O665 E93 1998

Publisher’s Synopsis

In the early 1930s Sau-Ping, a village woman in South China, went through an arranged marriage with a man who emigrated to Canada. She was prevented from joining him by the racist Chinese Canadian Immigration (Exclusion) Act — which prohibited the families of Chinese labourers working in Canada from entering the country. Using the true stories of Chinese women … Woon has created a riveting fictional account of their experiences, told through the character of Sau-Ping.

Selected Criticism and Interpretation

Byrne, Elizabeth. “Neither this nor that: The hyphenated existence of Chinese children growing up in twentieth century North America.” M.A. thesis, Simon Fraser University, 2005. Accessed August 30, 2013.
Available as an open access thesis from http://summit.sfu.ca/item/10181