Chinese Cemetery Tour and October Author Banquet

The next Chinese Cemetery Tour

Chinese cemetary

This Sunday August 16   at 2 p.m.Lioness Charlayne Thorton Joe will be lead a one hour tour of the Chinese cemetery at Harling Point, a national historic site that includes her Grandfather’s grave. The picturesque cemetery dates from 1903. Meet at the cemetery, foot of Crescent Road, off King George Terrace.  Cost is $5.00 and all proceeds go to the Victoria Chinatown Lioness.  Email to confirm your attendance.




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Author Paul Yee will introduce  his new release Superior Man at our annual Lioness author banquet on Sunday October 18 at Golden City. Single tickets or tables may be purchased through any Lioness. As usual, tables are selling fast. $40 per ticket.

Paul Yee (Canada) is a third-generation Chinese-Canadian who was born in Spalding, Saskatchewan and grew up in Vancouver’s Chinatown. He has published many books on his experiences of the Chinese in Canada and has won numerous awards, including the Governor General’s Literary Award



A Superior Man


“A Superior Man,  is the first novel for adults by Paul Yee, the Governor General’s Literary Award winner and author of numerous books of fiction and non-fiction for young people as well as adult non-fiction titles such as Saltwater City, an illustrated history of the Chinese in Vancouver and winner of the Vancouver Book Award. A Superior Man is a riveting chronicle of Chinese Canadian life in British Columbia in the late nineteenth century, following the travails of Yang Hok, a “coolie” who worked on the Canadian Pacific Railway in British Columbia under hazardous conditions. Yang Hok is not an easy man to like, but when he is left to deal with a son he never wanted, he eventually aspires to become a “superior” man as he tries to return his son to his First Nations mother.

As a former archivist (in Toronto and Vancouver), it’s no surprise that Paul is a meticulous researcher when it comes to his books, and his research on behalf of A Superior Man is no exception. And it shows: he succeeds in bringing to life the dodgy, dank, excruciating conditions that the Chinese Canadians endured during and after the building of the railway, resulting in many of their deaths. The effect is visceral, and readers will get an extraordinary sense of the conditions these men endured as a prerequisite for living in Canada.”

Preceding the Lioness engagement Paul  will be appearing at Thin Air: the Winnipeg International Writers’ Festival  and the Vancouver Writers Festival .


Stories from the Past

Arrivals (a poem)
The Secret Keepers
Jade in the Coal (2011)
Blood and Iron (2010)
Bamboo (2005)
A Song for Ba (2004)
Bone Collector’s Son (2003)
Dead Man’s Gold and Other Stories (2002)
Jade Necklace (2002)
Fly Away (2001) 
Ghost Train (1996)
Breakaway (1994)
Roses Sing on New Snow (1991)
Tales from Gold Mountain
The Curses of Third Uncle (1986)
Stories from the Present

Money Boy
Shu-Li and Diego (2009)
Shu-Li and Tamara (2008)
Learning to Fly (2008)
What Happened This Summer (2006)
The Lost Spike (2004)
If Walls Could Talk (2003)
The Boy in the Attic (1998)
Teach Me to Fly, Skyfighter and Other Stories (1983)
History Books

Saltwater City: an Illustrated History of the Chinese in Vancouver (2006)
Chinatown (2005)
Struggle and Hope: the Chinese in Canada (1996)