Ondaatje and Lee, Immigrant Experience

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A 3 page essay that discusses how Canadian authors Michael Ondaatje and Sky Lee in their novels In the Skin of a Lion and Disappearing Moon Café offer narratives that portray immigrant experience in Canadian history. Ondaatje tells the story of Macedonian and Greek workmen who built the bridges, buildings and other structures that transformed the transformed nineteenth century landscapes into twentieth century cities. Lee relates the saga of a Chinese immigrant family over the course of several generations, focusing on the women of the cultural and economic factors that influenced their lives in both China and Canada and how these women were active participants in the Wong family saga. As this suggests, the novels are quite different, but similarly are insightful in the way that they offer insight into Canadian immigrant and cultural history. No additional sources cited.