Ancestral Roofs

"In Praise of Older Buildings"

Sunday, October 13, 2013

A Tiny Life


Fort McLeod Alberta provided an opportunity to reflect on the role that Chinese immigrants played in the formation of British Columbia.

This weathered false fronted frame building is one of the last vestiges of the years before 1900 when the town had a number of Chinese restaurants and laundries. It's so very plain, and in poor condition but it has such a quiet dignity about it. Kind of like the life which was lived out  here, possibly a lone man without a wife and family to give support and meaning, segregated by ignorance and convention into his own small part of a tiny frontier town, so far from his homeland and his culture.

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