Split Families

For almost all of Chinese Canadian history, families separated by geography have been common. Husbands and wives living an ocean apart, united by a shared dream of a better life for their children. Fathers or mothers travelling in search of work and new opportunities, leaving loved ones behind. Sons and daughters growing up only knowing a parent through photographs and the money sent from far away to support their schooling. Loss and loneliness, love and resentment, but also independence and freedom—these were the complex emotions that accompanied the long distance relationships made possible only by powerful bonds of trust, obligation, and duty.