Chop Suey Nation

Community Book Club: Chop Suey Nation

Whistler Public Library and Armchair Books have joined forces to start a Community Book Club! The club meets on the last Wednesday of every month.
Where: Online
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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We're taking our Community Book Club online!

Please email Library Program Coordinator, Jeanette, at jbruce@whistlerlibrary.ca to sign up for this event - this is the only way to receive the Zoom link.

Synopsis: 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.

Read ahead: In June, we're reading Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead in recognition of National Indigenous History Month, and in July, we'll discuss Molly of the Mall by Heidi L.M. Jacobs.