Read Judy Fong Bates’ interview regarding her prolific journey to discover her family history, beginning from her mother’s escape from tradition of foot binding to her parents’ struggle to maintain their life in Canada. The author of The Year of Finding Memory reveals to what began as an idea of retracing her family roots to exploring the emotions and hardships of being a Chinese immigrant in Canada. As Judy Fong Bates points out “My parents are a part of Canadian history”. You can read the entire interview at the Global and Mail website or catch Judy Fong Bates’ reading below.
Jim Wong-Chu is a published poet, author, editor, and historian. He is well- known as a co-founder of the Asian Canadian Writers Workshop, Ricepaper Magazine, Pender Guy Radio Program, Asia Canadian Performing Arts Resource (ACPAR), literASIAN: A Festival of Pacific Rim Asian Canadian Writing, and the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Festival. He has also co-edited several anthologies of Asian Canadian writers.