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New Chinese Canadian social histories by Ann Hui and William Ging Wee Dere — Quill & Quire

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— by Dan K. Woo: Chop Suey Nation, by Globe and Mail food writer Ann Hui, is an entertaining look at how Chinese food evolved to become quintessentially Canadian. Hui tells her “sweet and sour story” via a cross-country road trip, sprinkling in memories of her parents’ experiences in the food industry. Apart from cuisine, the book occasionally touches on topics such as Vancouver’s housing crisis and the “fu er dai,” a pejorative term referring to nouveau riche Chinese kids. Hui also refers to Canada’s historical treatment of Chinese immigrants: “Locals weren’t interested in having these men around, so the Chinese set up their own shantytown – crude huts and temporary shacks … [and] Chinatown was born.” …

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June 24, 2019

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