"Pay Me Later"

Mamie Fung

“My father always had a car. He drove people around and he delivered things. But more or less he translate[d] for anybody that’s coming and took them to the bachelors’ house of whatever last name they had. And one thing that my father was, to a fault, was that he would say 'If you don’t have the money, you don’t have to pay me. You pay me later.' ” - Mamie Fung on her father Dick Jong.

The granddaughter of photographer Yucho Chow, Mamie grew up during a tumultuous time for racial minorities in Canada. Born in Vancouver in 1924, Mamie witnessed the influx of Chinese immigrants looking for work in Vancouver. From a very young age, she experienced firsthand what it truly means to lean on one another as a community.