Thursday, June 29, 2006

Missed the Apology

She missed Harpers apology to Chinese Canadians.

Alberta's oldest person dies at 110

Raised children alone in wartime China, finally joined husband here in 1958
Mrs. Fong Ping Mah, who died Sunday, lived a long and varied life.

Amber Shortt, The Edmonton Journal
Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2006

EDMONTON - Fong Ping Mah lived in a bamboo hut at the end of the 1800s. She wore silk dresses in the '20s and hid her family in caves when the Japanese occupied China during the Second World War.

When she died Sunday after nearly five decades of living in Edmonton, she was 110 -- Alberta's oldest person.

Family members sat by her bedside at Capital Care Norwood on Sunday, recounting their favourite stories of grandma and holding her hands as she slipped away due to pneumonia.

Mrs. Mah was nine years old when Alberta became a province in 1905. Last September, she met then-prime minister Paul Martin during Alberta's centennial activities and fell asleep during the speeches.

Winnie said her grandmother's greatest advice was just to have faith.

Mrs. Mah was born on Sept. 28, 1895, in Kwangtung province of southern China. Around 1920, she married Lip Gar Mah in an arranged marriage.

He had emigrated to Edmonton in 1910, doing menial jobs to make a living that would have been a small fortune in China. He was forced to pay a $500 head tax under Canadian law and leave his new bride behind.

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