Beyond the Moongate
True Stories of 1920s China
By Elizabeth Quan
Tundra Books, Hardcover, 9781770493834, 40pp.
Publication Date: March 12, 2013
List Price: $19.95*
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And so it was in the 1920s that the Lee King family - father, mother, and six children, aged ten months to seven years - traveled from their home in Canada, across the Pacific Ocean, to inland China. There, they had the opportunity to step beyond the moongate into a land not yet touched by modern warfare or political unrest.
The story of the moongate, tells of the two "golden" years the family spent with Grandmother in a remote village in the south, which hadn't changed for centuries.
Step inside and live the long lazy days of a China forever gone. The moongate beckons....
“Anecdotal paintings and reminiscences of two childhood years spent in China, by an artist now in her 90s … Quan recalls 17 experiences or incidents during the stay…. It’s a sunny picture, but there are references to the real dangers of pirates and brigands, as well as a comment about the author’s beloved Popo (grandmother) walking to church on bound feet. These, along with a final parting made particularly poignant … warm, humorous and engaging overall.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“. . . [A] delightful memoir . . . The watercolour artwork in this book is vibrant and animated and gives depth and energy to the story.”
– Highly Recommended, CM Magazine
“… The book is beautifully designed…. A tender remembrance that will reach today’s readers.”