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

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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


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 thorntonjoe@shaw.ca 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)