The Chinese Canadian journey reflects every person’s need to belong. Every story we share demonstrates the strength we all possess when we feel accepted in a community.

Our Stories

Robert H. N. Ho Living Legacy Project

The Robert H. N. Ho Living Legacy Project captures and shares the personal stories that exemplify the spirit of Chinatown—resilient, courageous, and enterprising. "Our Stories" is a collection of biographies highlighting individuals and organizations who have played a significant role in breaking barriers for the Chinese Canadian community and beyond.

A is for Allies?

Vivian Jung
Merritt BC-born Vivian Jung wanted to be a teacher but, in order to get certified back in 1945, she needed her swimming certification. There was just one big problem. Non-whites […]
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Teacher Turned Historian

Lily Chow
Lily Chow embraced her new life in BC when she immigrated from Malaysia in 1967 and began teaching high school in Prince George....
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Chinese BBQ Meat Defender

King Wong
King Wong was a business owner who fought for the rights of his fellow merchants. After coming to Vancouver from Hong Kong ...
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Community Stories

Personal stories told by the community about specific memories, objects, or people that shaped who they are today. 

Stories tell us who we once were, who we are today, and who we can become. The stories shared here uncover the values passed down from one generation to the next and preserve our cultural heritage. When we share these stories, we uncover the reasons why we can look at each other and see our community.

Volunteer Story

Penny Tham
“I’m doing work about something I really care about, and it’s probably one of the most important things I’ve ever done in my life.”
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Homage to my father and relatives.

Sue Yew Ming
In 1948 my father Sue Yew Ming and his two brothers, two nephews and a close relatives went to ...
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Canada Chinese Head Tax

Low Quon Sun
Our father came to Canada January 17, 1919. At that time the Canadian government required a head tax of $500.
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Dinner Time

Megan Kwan
Food has always been my connection to my Chinese roots. Born and raised here in suburban British Columbia ...
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"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...
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Modernize Tailors

Bill Wong and Mia Wu
“I was here with Bill, my mentor, every day for six years until the day that he passed. I met my husband while I was ...
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Share Your Story

Help us celebrate your rich history by sharing your connection to Vancouver’s Chinatown or Chinese Canadian Culture.
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Tong Louie and his younger brother, Willis.

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