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Chuen-yan David Lai.

Victoria, Sono Nis Press, c1982.
122pp, paper, $8.95.
ISBN 0-919203-16-7.

Grades 11 and up.
Reviewed by Joyce Brown.

Volume 11 Number 2.
1983 March.

Dr. Chuen-yan David Lai received his BA and MA in geography from the University of Hong Kong and his PhD from the London School of Economics. He is at present teaching at the University of Victoria. The purpose of this book, according to its author is "to study in detail the commemorative and celebrative arches in British Columbia, to examine their importance and complexity and to analyse the motives behind their construction." The book describes the elements and forms of arches and the origin of triumphal arches. It discusses the 120 arches built in B.C. between 1869 and 1946. Several chapters are devoted to the tours of Earl Dufferin, the Marquis of Lome, the Duke of Cornwall and York, and the Duke of Connaught, during which many arches were built. The last chapter focuses on the function of Chinese gateways and, in particular, the Gate of Harmonious Interest in Victoria's Chinatown.

The book is well organized with a table of contents, a list of twelve figures, another of the seventy-nine black-and-white plates, and an index. There are also notes to accompany each chapter.

This book would be of limited value to high school students but interesting to students of early British Columbia history and to those who view the Gate of Harmonious Interest to help them appreciate its grandeur and to understand the origin and purposes of Chinese arches.

Joyce Brown, Dunsmuir S. S., Victoria, BC.
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