Catch Chinatown Stories at Vancouver Public Library Jan. 11

Come out to the Central Library January 11, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm, to hear groundbreaking histories of forgotten Chinatowns, and stories about growing up Chinese Canadian in Vancouver and the surrounding suburbs.

The authors of The Gold Mountain Stories, a series published by UBC and the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of British Columbia (CCHSBC), will be on hand to read aloud from their work. Expect entertainment and education by master storytellers.

Larry Wong, author of Dim Sum Stories: A Chinatown Childhood will share his experiences growing up in Vancouver’s Chinatown. Independent scholar Chad Reimer will chat about investigating arson in Chilliwack’s Chinatowns. Chinatown Stories is a timely opportunity to learn more about Van’s Chinatown before Chinese New Year January 23. Find out more about the authors after the jump.

Larry Wong, who wrote Dim Sum Stories: A Chinatown Childhood, is a local historian and a former president of the Chinese Canadian Historical Society. Wong’s father came to Vancouver in 1911.

This memoir is rich with details about growing up Chinese Canadian in Vancouver from 1940-1960. The Amazon.com reader reviews also credit Dim Sum Stories with providing a vivid “social and cultural history of Vancouver’s Chinatown and its denizens in their homes, shops, restaurants, hotels, schoolrooms and social clubs, told up-close-and-personal, by a master storyteller.”

In Chilliwack’s Chinatowns: A History, Chad Reimer investigates two mysterious incidents of arson in Chilliwack’s north and south Chinatowns. The first fire took place in 1921. The second happened in 1934.

Reimer works as a historian and a detective to uncover the truth behind each fire. On the way, he encounters a variety of vivid characters from the Chinese migrant, European migrant and indigenous communities.

Chinatown Stories delves into the multi-layered identity of Vancouver’s Chinese Canadian community Wednesday, 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, on the lower level of the Central Library. Admission is free. The authors will be present to read aloud and take questions.

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