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Chop suey nation : the Legion Cafe and other stories from Canada's Chinese restaurants, Ann Hui

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Chop suey nation : the Legion Cafe and other stories from Canada's Chinese restaurants
Title
Chop suey nation
Title remainder
the Legion Cafe and other stories from Canada's Chinese restaurants
Statement of responsibility
Ann Hui
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In 2016, Globe and Mail reporter Ann Hui drove across Canada, from Victoria to Fogo Island, to write about small-town Chinese restaurants and the families who run them. It was only after the story was published that she discovered her own family could have been included--her parents had run their own Chinese restaurant, The Legion Cafe, before she was born. This discovery, and the realization that there was so much of her own history she didn't yet know, set her on a time-sensitive mission: to understand how, after generations living in a poverty-stricken area of Guangdong, China, her family had somehow wound up in Canada. Chop Suey Nation: The Legion Cafe and Other Stories from Canada's Chinese Restaurants weaves together Hui's own family history--from her grandfather's decision to leave behind a wife and newborn son for a new life, to her father's path from cooking in rural China to running some of the largest "Western" kitchens in Vancouver, to the unravelling of a closely guarded family secret--with the stories of dozens of Chinese restaurant owners from coast to coast. Along her trip, she meets a Chinese-restaurant owner/small-town mayor, the owner of a Chinese restaurant in a Thunder Bay curling rink, and the woman who runs a restaurant alone, 365 days a year, on the very remote Fogo Island. Hui also explores the fascinating history behind "chop suey" cuisine, detailing the invention of classics like "ginger beef" and "Newfoundland chow mein," and other uniquely Canadian fare like the "Chinese pierogies" of Alberta. Hui, who grew up in authenticity-obsessed Vancouver, begins her journey with a somewhat disparaging view of small-town "fake Chinese" food. But by the end, she comes to appreciate the essentially Chinese values that drive these restaurants--perseverance, entrepreneurialism and deep love for family. Using her own family's story as a touchstone, she explores the importance of these restaurants in the country's history and makes the case for why chop suey cuisine should be recognized as quintessentially Canadian."--
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
NLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1983-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hui, Ann
Dewey number
647.9571
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
no index present
LC call number
TX945.4
LC item number
.H85 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Hui, Ann
  • Hui, Ann
  • Chinese restaurants
  • Cooking, Chinese
  • Cooking, Canadian
  • Food habits
Label
Chop suey nation : the Legion Cafe and other stories from Canada's Chinese restaurants, Ann Hui
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
"The surprising history and vibrant present of small-town Chinese restaurants from Victoria, BC, to Fogo Island, NL"--Cover
Bar code
  • 31223131084817
  • 31223131084809
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 286-288)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Author's note -- Introduction -- Victoria, BC. spring 2016 -- Burnaby, BC. summer 2016 -- Vlucan, AB. spring 2016 -- Jingweicun, Guangdong, China, 1924-52 -- Drumbeller, AB. spring 2016 -- Jingweicun, Guangdong, China,. 1952-60 -- Stony Plain, AB. spring 2016 -- Guangzhou, China. 1961-65 -- Boissevain, MB. spring 2016 -- Thunder Bay, ON. spring 2016 -- Hong Kong-Vancouver, BC. 1974 -- Nackawic, NB. spring 2016 -- Vancouver, BC. 1974-75 -- Moncton, NB. spring 2016 -- Abbotsford, BC. 1976-77 -- Glace Bay, NS. spring 2016 -- Abbotsford, BC. 1977 -- Deer Lake, NL spring 2016 -- Abbotsford, BC. 1977-84 -- Fogo Island, NL spring 2016 -- Burnaby, BC. December 2016 -- Toronto, ON. January 2017 -- Burnaby, BC. March 2017 -- Acknowledgements -- Selected bibliography
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
288 pages, xvi pages of plates
Isbn
9781771622226
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
colour illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1066138664
Label
Chop suey nation : the Legion Cafe and other stories from Canada's Chinese restaurants, Ann Hui
Publication
Copyright
Note
"The surprising history and vibrant present of small-town Chinese restaurants from Victoria, BC, to Fogo Island, NL"--Cover
Bar code
  • 31223131084817
  • 31223131084809
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 286-288)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Author's note -- Introduction -- Victoria, BC. spring 2016 -- Burnaby, BC. summer 2016 -- Vlucan, AB. spring 2016 -- Jingweicun, Guangdong, China, 1924-52 -- Drumbeller, AB. spring 2016 -- Jingweicun, Guangdong, China,. 1952-60 -- Stony Plain, AB. spring 2016 -- Guangzhou, China. 1961-65 -- Boissevain, MB. spring 2016 -- Thunder Bay, ON. spring 2016 -- Hong Kong-Vancouver, BC. 1974 -- Nackawic, NB. spring 2016 -- Vancouver, BC. 1974-75 -- Moncton, NB. spring 2016 -- Abbotsford, BC. 1976-77 -- Glace Bay, NS. spring 2016 -- Abbotsford, BC. 1977 -- Deer Lake, NL spring 2016 -- Abbotsford, BC. 1977-84 -- Fogo Island, NL spring 2016 -- Burnaby, BC. December 2016 -- Toronto, ON. January 2017 -- Burnaby, BC. March 2017 -- Acknowledgements -- Selected bibliography
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
288 pages, xvi pages of plates
Isbn
9781771622226
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
colour illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1066138664

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