Video — 1 videocassette (40 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 1/2 in.
Traditional Chinese belief says that the soul of a person who dies in a foreign place wanders lost until their bones are returned home. For Chinese pioneers who died in Canada, Victoria's Chinese Cemetery at Harling Point was a temporary resting place until their bones could be sent back to China. This film uses archival materials and interviews to trace the history of the Vancouver Island cemetery, from controversy and neglect to its revival as a National Heritage site. It also examines how this past reflects the emergence of a contemporary Chinese Canadian identity, through the voices of two women from different generations. Their stories illuminate the complexities of growing up Chinese Canadian, including the loss of culture, the pain of not fitting in, and the joy of finding one's place. From the experiences of Chinese pioneers in an unwelcoming land to the efforts of subsequent generations to establish roots in Canada, From Harling Point is an exploration of tradition, belonging and the notion of home.