Romanization of Chinese terms into English has been a confusing task because of the different systems of pronunciation of the various Chinese dialects. The surname of the fourteen informants I interviewed is Quan in the Victoria and Vancouver City telephone directories. Those who have the same surname but came from Hong Kong are registered as Kwan in the same directories. Because of this confusion, I am using the more standardized Cantonese transliteration of Kwaan developed by Meyer-Wempe. I refrain from using the Wade-Giles Mandarin transliteration ofKuan in this paper because the Chinese in Canada are mostly from Kwangtung Province, and Cantonese is the lingua franca used in Victoria and Vancouver.
Social discontinuities in North American Chinese communities: the case of the Kwaan1in Vancouver and Victoria, 1880–1960
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Canadian Review of Sociology/Revue canadienne de sociologie
Volume 15, Issue 4, pages 443–451, November 1978
How to Cite
WOON, Y.-F. (1978), Social discontinuities in North American Chinese communities: the case of the Kwaan1in Vancouver and Victoria, 1880–1960. Canadian Review of Sociology/Revue canadienne de sociologie, 15: 443–451. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-618X.1978.tb01000.x
- Issue online: 14 JUL 2008
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