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Growing Up Chinese Canadian: A Century of Stories


This series explores how children of Chinese immigrants, in several generations, have forged their Canadian identities — a process that can mean drawing from the cultures and traditions of two worlds, and often, too, feeling torn between them. Among those profiled by Tyee writer Christopher Cheung, himself born to Chinese immigrants, are Chinese Canadians who’ve grappled with discrimination and isolation, and acted on a deep determination to connect with their roots across the Pacific.

Follow along our five-part series below. Series to conclude July 7.

In This Series



Growing Up Chinese Canadian: A Century of Stories

Voices from five generations explain how they forged identities as children of Chinese immigrants to the Vancouver region. First in a series.

By Christopher Cheung, 3 Jul 2017


The Empress of Japan

Canada’s ‘Sea Turtles’: The Powerful Pull of ‘Home’ on Two Teens, 78 Years Apart

For children of Chinese immigrants reasons to go back are as old as the diaspora. Second in a series.

By Christopher Cheung, 4 Jul 2017



In Post-War Chinatown, the Siren Call of Sinatra

Larry Wong strained to escape Vancouver’s Chinese enclave. Decades later, he strived to preserve its legacy. Third in a series.

By Christopher Cheung, 5 Jul 2017


Wes Jang

Fighting to Belong: Chinese Pioneers of Vancouver’s White Neighbourhoods

When daring to live beyond Chinatown meant battling racist taunts and flying fists. Latest in a series.

By Christopher Cheung, 6 Jul 2017



A New Generation Embraces Its Chinatown Roots

How some globalized kids are reconnecting with old ways. Last in series, now share your stories!

By Christopher Cheung, 7 Jul 2017

Real Cities Give Their People Places to Pee

Public washrooms should be plentiful and accessible, says one scholar. And cities that do flush, flourish.

By Christopher Cheung