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Escape to Gold Mountain

David H.T. Wong interviewed in The Tyee (Jul 2013)

The Tyee interviews David H.T. Wong about his graphic novel Escape to Gold Mountain: A Graphic History of the Chinese in North America.

"I grew up in a very tough neighbourhood. Drawing cartoons was my way of staying out of trouble. But I got in trouble a lot. I was locked in my house to prevent me from making trouble.

"Because of that I wanted to be a cartoonist. Asian parents have this vision that you will become a professional. So I became an architect. But I never gave up on my youth. Even when I had an architectural firm we were doing animation. So when it comes to that question -- why did you decide to put it in graphic novel format? -- I was just waiting for the right opportunity.

"It came along about five years ago. I sold my firm to my partner, and I couldn't practice architecture for five years because I signed a non-competition agreement. So during that time I decided to follow one of my dreams to do a book."

You can read the full interview here.