An Ocean Apart: The Gold Mountain Diary of Chin Mei-ling is a historical fiction book written by Gillian Chan. It is Chan's only entry in Dear Canada. The book was published in February 2004, after Jean Little's Brothers Far from Home.
- "For all those who came before"
- "Monday, November 13, 1922
My Baba looked very serious and he asked me how much I thought about Ma. Every day, was what I said, but I did not tell him that I thought of Ma many time each day. Baba smiled and said that he did too. He looked very hard at me, making sure our eyes saw each other. "I promise, Mei-ling," he said, "that we will do everything we can to bring your mother and brother here." He gripped my arm, so tight that it hurt. I knew that what Baba said was true. If we continue to work hard and save our money, we can pay their fares and their tax, just like Uncle Wing-lok did for us.
Thursday, November 16, 1922
Baba has never told me exactly how much we have saved, but I know his dream is for both Ma and Little Brother to come together. When I think how much money we need, I feel very small. A thousand dollars and their fare on the boat – how many hours will we have to work for that?"
- Main article: List of An Ocean Apart characters
- Main article: Gillian Chan
- "Thanks to Barbara Hehner for her careful checking of the manuscript, and to Dr. Anthony Chan of the University of Washington, author of such books as Gold Mountain: The Chinese in the New World, for sharing his expertise."