Living conditions for the Chinese in Canada were improving by the day, yet Old Wong was increasingly troubled. Wong Junior had fallen in love with a non-Chinese white woman whom he intended to marry.
Old Wong: “What should I do to change your mind about marrying this white woman?”
Wong Junior: “Dad, I’m over 30. I should have had my own family by now. There are so few Chinese girls in Canada; it’s hardly surprising I fell in love with a white woman.”
Old Wong: “Then go back to China. You’ll find a Chinese wife there!”
Wong Junior: “Have you forgotten about the Chinese Exclusion Act? Even if I do go back, and found a Chinese wife, she wouldn’t be able to come here. I don’t want to live like a widower for the rest of my life!”
Old Wong: “Your mother and I have lived like that…”
Wong Junior: “And didn’t it lead to a sad and lonely life for both of you? Besides, we really love one another.”
Old Wong had nothing to reply. Of course he missed his wife very much, but he had grown used to this way of life. The Chinese Exclusion Act had destroyed all of his hopes of reunion.
Wong Junior’s wedding was a ceremony that combined both Western and Chinese customs. The bride and the groom wore traditional Chinese wedding robes, but the ceremony was conducted in a church. Because of her excellent English skills, Wong Junior’s wife made a lot of contributions to the Chinese community by facilitating communication with mainstream society.