From Harling Point [videorecording]
- National Film Board of Canada presents ; director, Ling Chiu ; producer, Selwyn Jacob.
- English, Chinese. In English with parts in Chinese with English subtitles.
- Physical description
- 1 videocassette (40 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 1/2 in.
- National Film Board of Canada.
- 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.
- Canada > Emigration and immigration > History > 20th century.
- China > Emigration and immigration > History > 20th century.
- Immigrants > Cultural assimilation > Canada > History > 20th century.
- Chinese > Cultural assimilation > Canada > History > 20th century.
- Immigrants > Canada > History > 20th century.
- Chinese > Canada > History > 20th century.
- Chinese Canadians > History > 20th century.
- Chinese > Canada > Social life and customs.
- Funeral rites and ceremonies > China.
- Cemeteries > British Columbia > Victoria.
- Documentary films
- Local subject
- Women in the Director's Chair Archive.
- Publication date
- Production Credits
- Editor, Janice Brown ; photography, Ian Kerr ; music, Anna Hostman; writer, Ling Chiu.
- Laara Ong.
- Related Work
- Ling shu jing.
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