An Evening with Jan Wong

Spend an evening with Jan Wong as she talks about her latest book, Apron Strings: Navigating Food And Family In France, Italy, And China. Published in September, 2017, it was named a must-read book by both the CBC and the Toronto Star.   Chris Nuttall-Smith (Top Chef Canada judge) wrote: “a sharp-minded — and famously sharp-tongued — reporter drags her fully grown, chef-trained son on a homestay cooking tour of France, Italy, and China. What could possibly not go wrong? Inquisitive, caustic, delicious, and can’t-look-away entertaining, this is Jan Wong at the peak of her powers.”

Jan Wong knows food is better when it’s shared, so when she set out to research home cooking in several countries known for their distinctive cuisine, she asked her 22 year old son, Sam, to join her.  While he wasn’t keen on spending excessive time with his mother, he dreamed of becoming a chef.  Ultimately, it was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up.  The result of this exploration is Jan’s latest book, Apron Strings: Navigating Food And Family In France, Italy, And China.  In this book, Jan tells the story of their journey.  Jan and Sam live and cook with locals, observing close up how globalization is changing food, families and cultures.  Along the way, mother and son explore their sometimes fraught relationship, uniting – and occasionally clashing – over their mutual love of cooking.

This event will include a 8 course Chinese banquet dinner with Jan talking about her book afterwards as well as a Q&A.  It will be held on Saturday, March 10 at 6:00pm at Golden City Restaurant.  Tickets are $40 per person for the dinner or $60 per person for the dinner and a book.  For reservations or more information, please contact Gala Fabrics at 250.389.1312 or Pei Mei Chia at 250.514.1928 or





Happy Mother’s Day to all the women in our lives who care

Sidney Lions Club  District 19-I Spring Conference


hosts of


Attended by Lioness Irene, Amanda, Judith, Annette and Nelles


for 1 UP,  and Victoria Woman’s Transition House 

Lioness Susanne, Irene, Leslie, Judith and Amanda

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MAY 27 th ,6 p.m.

Golden City Restaurant



Purchase you tickets now for a fascinating, and tastey  evening!

Celebrate Canada 150, with Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy when she discusses her new book ” Heroes & Gamblers: Tales of Survival and Good Fortune of the Poy Family.”   Enhance your understanding   of the Chinese diaspora and immigration  in Canada .

Vivienne Poy was born into a prominent Hong Kong family in 1941. Her early years were marked by war and displacement. When she was just three months old Hong Kong was invaded by the Japanese, forcing her family to flee to China, where they spent the war years as refugees. Upon returning to Hong Kong after the war, her family resumed a position of influence and service to the community. Vivienne Poy immigrated to Canada in 1959, enrolling at McGill University, where she earned an Honours degree in History.

Years later she received two highly distinguished honours from the University, on the same day. Just minutes prior to her official installation as The University of Toronto’s 315t Chancellor in June 2003, Senator Poy, a Chinese Canadian immigrant woman, walked across the stage at Convocation Hall to receive her Ph.D in History for a dissertation on Chinese Canadian women immigrants.

Her stunning academic achievements – all conducted while simultaneously running a corporation and serving the public as a volunteer and Senator – are most unusual and impressive. Inspired by the desire to understand her family’s past and to preserve the memory of her own people’s struggles, Dr. Poy dedicated herself to the intellectual enterprise of historical research and publication. Her first book, A River Named Lee, published in 1995, is about her family and her ancestors.

In 1998 Dr. Poy was appointed to the Senate of Canada – the first Canadian of Asian descent to be appointed to the Upper Chamber. Senator Poy has focused her attention on gender issues, multiculturalism and human rights. She was a sponsor of the Famous Five Monuments in Calgary and on Parliament Hill, which honour the five Alberta women who fought to have Canadian women recognized constitutionally as “persons” who were eligible to be named to the Senate. And it was Senator Poy who was primarily responsible for having May recognized as Asian Heritage Month across Canada.


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Diane Bestwick Author banquet, and other great celebrations

A Fun and Fabulous Evening with Author  Diane Bestwick


Diane engaged us with her story of living in China and the motivation to write her book

“and a bird sang”

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at the beautifully appointed Golden City Restaurant

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Diane’s information table was fascinating.

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The 25th anniversary display was beautiful and informative.

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The dumpling raffle was a very fun success.

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First prize winner Doris was especially  delighted.

Thank you for your support. Over $400 came in from the dumpling raffle.

This money is earmarked for  1 Up Single Parent resource Center


C-Fax Miracle on Broad Street 

All profits from the sales of Diane’s book

and a bird sang

go to  post operative foster homes in China

The evening book sales resulted in a $365 deposit to  Diane’s chosen foster home.

Guest response

“The food and company were fantastic and I enjoyed Diane’s thoughtful presentation. It was a great evening!”

“When do the Chinese New Year’s tickets go on sale?”

  We were honoured with 3  more local authors 

attending as guests


Pat Nichol Becoming Courageous and Outrageous  courageous-outrageous

Donna Marie Lynch 50ish  50-ish

Melanie Eng Gutsy Lady Travel  gutsy-lady-travel


yasuko-thanh Yasuka Thahn

was represented by her mother and father. She had to miss the banquet last minute


to attend to her  nomination for the Rogers Writer’s Trust Fiction prize shortlist.

Lioness  certainly hope to entice some, or all  of them to be  future  author banquet presenters.

Special thanks


Anne Scott President District 19-I Lioness

 Victoria Chinatown Lions

La Limousines

Poppies Floral Art

VCKY padding club members

Fairway Gorge Padding  Club members

Diane’s many friends, and student Summer

and to guests who brought toiletries for our Mother’s Day boxes project

More Celebrations in October


Lioness celebrate  Chinatown Lion’s Club 60th anniversary

next up in November

Festival of Trees 25th Anniversary

Trees group shot

This is our last year’s tree. Visit the blog next month to see  and vote for our 2016 tree.

To start your 2017 right, celebrate with us

 Chinese New Year 2017 year of the Rooster


fancy rooster papercut

Reserve  Saturday January 21, 2017


Victoria Chinatown Lioness year of the  Rooster  New Year Banquet.

Tickets available soon.



“I am woman, hear me roar, in numbers too big to ignore” : that’s us Lioness Ladies, as a collective !!! “

For background information

Santa’s AnonymousVolunteers and donation ideas

 Swallows Nest  success stories

See last month;s blog post for more information on

one child policy

Chinese children adoptees






A GOLDEN OCTOBER|: Paul Yee Author Banquet, and Worth Our Weight In Gold October 2015


October Visit to the Royal BC Museum

Gold Rush

Lioness Worth Their Weight in Gold

Lioness Worth Their Weight in Gold


In 1858, reports of gold found on the Fraser River spurred tens of thousands of people – mostly men – to rush into the territory we now call British Columbia. They came with visions of fortune in their eyes. The lucky ones struck it rich, but most left penniless or died trying for the motherlode. Some stayed behind and helped build the colony and the province of British Columbia.

–   Edited by Kathryn Bridge

Lioness thoroughly enjoyed  a personalized  group tour of the Gold Rush exhibit. Dr Tzu-i Chung enlightened and entertained us as she  focused on the Chinese migrant contribution to the gold rush in British Columbia. It was a perfect introduction to our author banquet with Paul Yee.


 Paul Yee Author Banquet 


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” Let the words  fill your brain with images”

And they did.

Paul Yee, author and gifted story-teller transported us back to an almost lost history when the trans Canada  railway was complete and southern Chinese workmen forged on with their lives in a hostile  British Columbia . Only one short authored memoir has survived, and paper trails are scarce. Inspired by the  lost life stories of these men Paul presented  Superior Man .


                                                             FESTIVAL OF TREES




Join us for the 2015 Victoria Festival of Trees at The Bay Centre from November 18, 2015 – January 5, 2016.


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Every year, Victoria Festival of Trees creates a lush forest of beautifully decorated trees to raise funds for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. Sponsors, local businesses, organizations and individuals come together and decorate trees in a sometimes wacky, often irreverent and always beautiful fashion. The festival invites visitors to browse through the holiday displays and donate to vote for their favourite trees. 

 In 2015, due to pending renovations at The Fairmont Empress, Victoria’s favourite festival will relocate to another high-profile and historical Victoria venue – The Bay Centre. 

For the first time the Victoria Chinatown Lioness is a tree sponsor at the festival . Please come an enjoy all the trees, and look for our special tree!  

Last year more than 20,000 votes were cast and participants raised more than $129,000.

WOW !!!!  This tree looks amazing – Ladies, you have done an AWESOME job ….. kudos to you. Jennifer and your committee (who were they all?), you did a terrific job –
Lots of hours sewing, cutting, stitching, designing.Many thanks for all your efforts


Author Banquet and Officer Installation




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The spring author banquet was an evening of superb food, company and thought.

Evelyn Lau humbly and passionately shared her craft with humor and grace. She provided a personal overview of her journey as an author of prose and poetry. Her readings were drawn from her original book Runaway: The Diary of a Street Kid , and her recent  books of poetry.

Some thoughts she shared:


Poetry is important. It is the internal place to slow down, meditate and revisit a line or an image.

In writing, especially poetry, words form unique and exact images.

Listen for the sound rhythm and taste of words.


There is a need for space, time, and solitude to think and read without internet or cell phone.

Uncluttered internal space is essential.

In creating, there is an almost mystical need for time and gestation.

There is a need to wait.


To younger writers:

Learn a trade that involves not too much thinking so you can go home and write.


Alice Munro


Thank you Evelyn  and all who attended.

Your participation and book purchases added over $800 to the Lioness fund and contributed  to the  $5000 donation to Nepal.


               2015  OFFICER  INSTALLATION


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Dynamic leadership is a key component in the vitality of The Victoria Chinatown Lioness .  New and continuing officers  are installed each spring. This year Lion Brian joined our celebration and  officiated.

 Congratulations !

Canada Day Living Flag

Join us  on Canada day, July 1 , in the creation of a living flag.

Lioness will be on hand helping .



Victoria Day Parade 2015 , and Banquet Menu!

VICTORIA DAY quad photo

Just as Lioness  Ellen promised:

    cheering crowds

community spirit

  perfect weather

queenly waves

lots of fun


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Thanks to our Lioness, Nelles, Amanda, Pei Mei, Veronica, Sarah,  Kefen, Brenda  and  Charlayne  for taking  the  time to represent our club  in today’s  Parade. We all had a great time and lots of fun this year ! Nice to see Lioness Lily in the crowd, and Lioness Gayle on the other side of the TV . After  the parade, 6 of us went to Vista 18 for brunch and enjoyed the beautiful view and food!

– Lioness Ellen


Great pictures! You also all looked good on TV!

-Lioness Galye


Thank Lioness Ellen  for organizing, and Eddie for being our take care of everything else man.

It was great fun.

– Lioness Brenda


Ellen.  Thank you again for organizing us so well this morning.  It was a lot of fun walking with you and the rest of our “sisters”.  We look forward to  more members joining us  next year.  Thanks also to Eddie for doing the driving!  

– Lioness Veronica



Feast on the Menu for the Author Evelyn Lau  talk and Banquet

Saturday May 30.

Tickets are almost gone!


Appetizer Plate

(Deep Fried Milk, Spicy Squid, Vegetarian Spring Roll)

Empress Beef Short Rib

Stir Fried Prawns with Snow Pea and Celery

 Crispy Chicken with Shrimp Chips

Sole Fillet with Sweet and Sour Sauce

 Three kinds of Mushrooms with Pak Choy

 Mandarin Pork Chop

Mixed Vegetable Pan Fried Noodles

Golden City Special Fried Rice

Mini Cheese Cake and Fortune Cookies