Item 2001.1.064 - Letters sent from Anyox, BC to Hwong Leeyau in Victoria, BC

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Letters sent from Anyox, BC to Hwong Leeyau in Victoria, BC

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  • [192-?] (Creation)

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2 letters with 1 envelope

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Consists of two letters written in Traditional Chinese, likely sent in the same accompanying single envelope, to Hwong Leeyau in Victoria, BC. The letters were sent by Canglee and Yangkou in Anyox, BC on Sept. 19.

Letter 1:
Brother Leeyau,
The job market is bleak in Anyox. The copper [mining] is gone and there is no revenue. Job firing and rate reduction happened time and again. There are countless people with no jobs and countless people getting out of town. The brothers from our village are working now but their working days seem numbered. I have no job now and I am thinking of leaving town. I want to ask you whether there are jobs in Victoria.
Posted on Sept. 19 with an address for mail in Anyox

Letter 2:
Brother Leeyau,
Leeyu came by bus to my place on the 9th. He wanted to work in a restaurant but there is no such a job for him. Now he's working for a white person and the pay is $18 a week. The job market is very slow in our city and it's very hard to find a job. One should save a lot of money so that once there is a chance you can make progressed quickly. I got a letter from Kwang Wei yesterday, telling me he and Mr. Chiang created a company of iron and copper in Vancouver, right by Sinfualo [transliteration - might be a restaurant]. He asked me to invest in and also work for the company. I like this business very much and talked with the stakeholders on my side. They said I can by no means leave the shop. To think about it, my business is actually very stable. I had a hard time to decide. As the saying goes, you can't split one body for two jobs. I finally declined their offer by writing and I let you know about it.
Sept. 19

Also includes accompanying modern translation sheet for the letters.

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