简述埃德蒙顿华人口述历史项目之进行过程

          埃德蒙顿唐人街中文图书馆口述历史项目组确定和邀请了十二名华裔长者接受访问。他们来自不同的行业和来自中国不同地区,受访者中有医师、会计师、城市设计师、企业家、画家、作家及诗人,他们分别是来自缅甸,香港、中国、马来西亚和越南。一些采访是在受访​​者家中进行而有些是在中国图书馆内进行的。一些采访需要两个小时,有些采访需要三到四个小时才能拍摄完成。这些受访者与团队分享了真实的个人经历。视频文件由专业摄像师编辑,长达30至60多分钟;音频文件与视频文件分开,然后发送给转录员以准备转录草稿。

 

         收到转录草稿后,小组审核了内容的准确性。如果采访以粤语或普通话进行,抄录稿件将使用中文。为方便读者查看,稿件以两个版本展示:简体字和传统字体,小组为英语读者准备了一份英文摘要,以便了解这些故事。

如果采访是用英语进行的,那么转录将是英文的。小组也为中国读者准备一份中文摘要,以了解访谈大意。本小组试图保持受访者的语言模式。在某些情况下,为了便于阅读,可能会修改小句结构或术语。由于受访者来自中国的不同地区,因此所选词汇可能存有差异。这些转录和摘要已发送给受访者批准。其中有些故事在采访之后受访者提出做一些更改,让故事更流畅。

 

        从受访者分享的信息中,读者们可以很容易地发现受访者当时居住国家的政治,经济,社会和文化状况以。他们分享的事实是在他们的亲身经历,因此它们是有高度价值性和真实性的第一手资料有些读者可能从他们的家人或朋友那里听到过类似的事实与此同时,读者可能会发现以前从未听到过的信息。

 

         到访这个口述历史项目的读者可以了解和思考过去70到80年间加拿大华人移民的变化。受访者如何适应一个他们之前不知晓的国家,即使对那些事先了解过埃德蒙顿的人们来说,他们也可能遇到过意料之外,令人震惊的经历,这些经历可能是远远超出了他们的想像。他们勇敢而坚持不懈地建立个人和社区的成功,确是令人钦佩。这些故事长短不一,故事之长度和质量并没有成正比的关连,因为每位受访者分享的都是个人决定的内容,读者们可随意选择那个故事和那个部分来聆听和阅读文稿。我们希望大家从这些“活历史”中明白到政治环境对民生的重大影响,受访者的坚毅、刻苦和勇往直前的态度,最后获得安居乐业,确实足以为我们的模范!

 

        本小组希望读者们欣赏这些动人的故事并与家人和朋友分享。如果有一些读者从这些故事中得到启发而能顺利地适应他们第二个家乡的生活,我们将觉得非常欣慰。我们期待收到您们的反馈,请将您的想法发送至edmontonchineselibrary1@gmail.com。谢谢大家!

簡述埃德蒙頓華人口述歷史項目之進行過程

        埃德蒙頓唐人街中文圖書館​​口述歷史項目組確定和邀請了十二名華裔長者接受訪問。他們來自不同的行業和來自中國不同地區,受訪者中有醫師、會計師、城市設計師、企業家、畫家、作家及詩人,他們分別是來自緬甸,香港、中國、馬來西亞和越南。一些採訪是在受訪者家中進行而有些是在中國圖書館内進行的。一些採訪需要兩個小時,有些採訪需要三到四個小時才能拍攝完成。這些受訪者與團隊分享了真實的個人經歷。視頻文件由專業攝像師編輯,長達30至60多分鐘;音頻文件與視頻文件分開,然後發送給轉錄員以準備轉錄草稿。

 

        收到轉錄草稿後,小組審核了內容的準確性。如果採訪以粵語或普通話進行,抄錄稿件將使用中文。為方便讀者查看,稿件以兩個版本展示:簡體字和傳統字體,小組為英語讀者準備了一份英文摘要,以便了解這些故事。

如果採訪是用英語進行的,那麼轉錄將是英文的。小組也為中國讀者準備一份中文摘要,以了解訪談大意。本小組試圖保持受訪者的語言模式。在某些情況下,為了便於閱讀,可能會修改小句結構或術語。由於受訪者來自中國的不同地區,因此所選詞彙可能存有差異。這些轉錄和摘要已發送給受訪者批准。其中有些故事在採訪之後受訪者提出做一些更改,让故事更流畅。

 

         從受訪者分享的信息中,讀者們可以很容易地發現受訪者當時居住國家的政治,經濟,社會和文化狀況以。他們分享的事實是在他們的親身經歷,因此它們是有高度價值性和真實性的第一手資料。有些讀者可能從他們的家人或朋友那裡聽到過類似的事實;與此同時,讀者可能會發現以前從未聽到過的信息。

 

        到訪這個口述歷史項目的讀者可以了解和思考過去70到80年間加拿大華人移民的變化。受訪者如何適應一個他們之前不知曉的國家,即使對那些事先了解過埃德蒙頓的人們來說,他們也可能遇到過意料之外,令人震驚的經歷,這些經歷可能是遠遠超出了他們的想像。他們勇敢而堅持不懈地建立個人和社區的成功,確是令人欽佩。這些故事長短不一,故事之長度和質量並沒有成正比的關連,因為每位受訪者分享的都是個人決定的內容,讀者們可隨意選擇那個故事和那個部分來聆聽和閱讀文稿。我們希望大家從這些“活歷史”中明白到政治環境對民生的重大影響,受訪者的堅毅、刻苦和勇往直前的態度,最後獲得安居樂業,確實足以為我們的模範!

 

        本小組希望讀者們欣賞這些动人的故事並與家人和朋友分享。如果有一些讀者從這些故事中得到啟發而能順利地適應他們第二個家鄉的生活,我們將覺得非常欣慰。我們期待收到您們的反饋,請將您的想法發送至edmontonchineselibrary1@gmail.com。謝謝大家!

Edmonton Chinese Oral History Project

Edmonton Chinatown Chinese Library

Do you like bean sprouts in chow mien? In egg foo young? We are going to tell you a story about a gentleman who had a lot have to do with how we can buy bean sprouts at Superstore in Edmonton today.

 

Mr. Bill Mah was born and raised in Nanjing, China. His grandfather’s hometown is Toishan, Guangdong province, China. It was a small town in southern China where many early Chinese immigrants came to Canada from. How did Mr. Mah’s grandfather move to Nanjing? In today’s travel, the distance is 1133 kilometers by air from Guangzhou to Nanjing. From Toishan to Guangzhou is another 107 kilometers by air. Just imagine how difficult the journey must have been in the early 1900’s to cover over 1200 kilometers during war time in China.

 

Actually, Mr. Mah’s grandfather went to Nanjing from Canada. He must have left Toishan to Edmonton during his young adulthood. Have you heard of Dr. Sun Yat-sen visiting Calgary and Lethbridge in 1911? Dr. Sun did not visit Edmonton but he had an advisor visit Edmonton. Some believe that Mr. Mah’s grandfather might have been invited to support the revolution like many overseas Chinese. He left Canada for Nanjing and did not return to Canada again. Mr. Bill Mah shared that there was a neighbourhood in Nanjing called Hua Qiao Cun (Overseas Chinese Village). Houses in the neighbourhood were very modern and beautiful. But they had been all torn down and the area is now a park.

 

A member from the Oral History Project team remembers learning about a group of people went from Toishan to Nanjing to support Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s revolution. Mr. Bill Mah told the team that some of these Mah descendants are still residing in Edmonton.

 

When Mr. Bill Mah arrived Abbey, Saskatchewan in 1952 he was only 19 years old. He did not know any English. His father paid $2000.00 Canadian dollars for him and his brother to come to Canada. Even though they have the legal right to join Mr. Mah’s father in Canada nevertheless he had to pay for his son’s entrance to the country because he lost the document that proved their relationship as father and sons.

 

Mr. Bill Mah remembers that he arrived on December 26, 1952. Within a couple of days, he got the document to stay as a Canadian citizen. He began working at his father’s restaurant. As mentioned earlier that he did not know any English. His Dad told him not to worry just repeat what the customer said to the kitchen staff and they would take care of the orders. An English speaking customer teased him that he wanted a washroom. Mr. Mah went to the kitchen and placed the order. The staff in the kitchen laughed, laughed and laughed. Mr. Mah was embarrassed but he was not discouraged. Instead, he realized how important it was to learn English as quickly as he could.

 

Mr. Mah’s family also owned a grocery store next to the restaurant. He helped set up the store before he went to school. His Dad would open the store at 9 o’clock in the morning. So, every morning, by the time Mr. Mah arrived school and was expected to learn, he was already too exhausted from setting up the store.

 

Three years after, Mr. Mah returned to Hong Kong and got married. His wife’s family owned a restaurant called Lin Yuan (林園) in Kowloon, Hong Kong. She had never worked in a restaurant before. After she arrived in Hinton where Mr. Mah’s father operated a restaurant she had to work in the family business. She had no idea how to prepare a hamburger. In fact, she might not have even tasted one before she left Hong Kong.

 

Two couples, Mr. Mah’s parents, he and his wife worked very hard running a restaurant in Hinton. The ground floor was the business and the first floor was their home. Local residents wondered how they worked and bought houses, one after the other. In a few years they had acquired eight houses. Some people suspected that they did no pay taxes and challenged Mr. Mah. He responded that they could pay taxes as anyone else.

 

Over 20 years Mr. Mah stayed in Hinton and established his business. The town was expanding and his Dad advised him to purchase the land besides the restaurant. Otherwise, in the future he might have difficulty accessing his building. Someone suggested him to buy a bigger piece of land which is about ten times the piece he intended to buy. But he did not have $2000.00. One of his good friends, a German immigrant lent him the money. He even named his daughter Violet which is Mrs. Mah’s first name. When Mr. Mah was able to get all the documents about the land in order after over ten years. By then this piece of land had a value many times of the purchased price. Mr. Mah exclaimed that he was simply “lucky”!

 

When Mr. Mah’s children attended the University of Alberta he decided to sell his businesses and properties in Hinton and moved to Edmonton. He purchased a house for the children. He planned to live a quiet life with his wife in Sherwood Park.

 

Unexpectedly he was invited to join a business venture led by three gentlemen of the Mah’s clan. They acquired some machines and started a bean sprout business. They were the first Chinese business that convinced Superstore in Edmonton to carry their product – bean sprouts. It was in the 19 70’s, before that one had to visit Chinatown to buy bean sprouts from a Chinese grocery store.

 

The bean sprouts business took off. They got the only contract to supply bean sprouts to Safeway, IGA and some other wholesale markets. When the team asked Mr. Mah how they got the contract, he replied humbly that it was lots of work and it costed some money.

 

After Mr. Mah retired he is still involved with Chinese community organizations, such as the Mahs Association, Edmonton Toishan Society, Edmonton Chinese Senior Lodge. At one point he was the vice-president of Edmonton Chinatown Multicultural Centre. Currently, he does not hold any formal positions but whenever there are events and extra pair of hands are needed he would be there.

 

Mr. Mah shared that community organizations should welcome everyone, no matter one is Toishanese, Cantonese or Mandarin speaker. He gave an example of non-Chinese people dropped by Mahs Association and learned how to cook Chinese food.

 

He hoped that more young people would take part in these organizations to help and be ready to take over. He encouraged his son to help the Mahs Association. He is a volunteer photographer for the association. Mr. Mah’s grandson studied Chinese from Chinese language weekend program at Edmonton Chinatown Multi-cultural Centre (ECMCC). He later even taught with the program for a short period of time.

 

When we spoke about how future generations might maintain Chinese language and culture, Mr. Mah shared that was the reason that he donated and supported Edmonton Chinatown Library Foundation (ECLF). He considers ECLF has an important role to play in Edmonton Chinese community in providing a place for the public to enjoy wonderful literal, contemporary and historical resources.

 

In terms of current leadership in Edmonton Chinese community groups, Mr. Mah acknowledged that Mr. Frank Gee and Mrs. Mei Hung have done tremendous amount of work in connecting numerous community groups. He hopes that the newly formed youth group, Edmonton Chinese Youth Leaders Council (ECYLC) will learn and one day take over some of the community building work.

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