LivesFamily_r4_01(Linotype-Tasse) (1)Lives of the Family: Stories of Fate and Circumstance

by Denise Chong

Now in paperback! To purchase:

“Our critics’ favourite books of 2013 “A masterful storyteller at the peak of her writing career, Vancouver-born Denise Chong has written a worthy historical follow-up to her bestselling 1994 family memoir, The Concubine’s Children… Bravo.” Georgia Strait, Vancouver
“True stories that have the resonance and substance of fiction.” Toronto Star
“Lives of the Family… show[s] people embroiled in the ordinary miracle of living their own lives.” National Post
It is easy to imagine so many of these stories slipping into the stuff-of-novels”  Even when presenting almost overwhelmingly sad stories, Denise Chong presents her material with delicacy – and, often, beauty.”



The creation of this website was made possible in part by a grant from Citizenship and Immigration Canada, under its Community Historical Recognition Program (CHRP), to the Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre (381 Kent St., Suite 4004, Ottawa K2P 2A8 (613) 235-4875), a non-profit, non-partisan, community-based organization committed to advancing the social and economic integration and participation of newcomers, immigrants and refugees. The website is one of several CHRP projects showcased on Chinese-Canadian Stories, a website created by the University of British Columbia. 
Copyright © 2012 Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre and Denise Chong. All rights reserved on photographs and videos, which may not be reproduced without permission.

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  1. Greetings: With great excitement I discovered a link to this page while searching for information regarding the “All Chinese Aces” Hockey team. My father-in law, William E. Quinn played along with his brother “Sonny” George Fong Quinn Junior on this very team. This revelation surfaced when the Joe brothers arrived to pay their respects at “Grampa’s” funeral service. I have been very unsuccessful in my search for the origins of the original three “Quinn” boys who arrived on Canadian soils and separated (Charlie and George Quinn Sr. to Montreal and Peydra to Cuba?) My husband’s Grandfather (George) and caucasian Grandmother (Margaret McBain, shunned from her Glengarry Settler family of Moosecreek Ontario) raised six boys and one daughter and moved from Montreal to Pembroke, settling in Ottawa in the 20’s. They operated the St. James restaurant in Ottawa and all six boys served in the military….I have many newspaper clippings gathered and very many unanswered stories. Alas, my father-in-law was the last surviving member of the family and I just can’t close the many loops of history.

    Dianne Quinn, Prince George B.C.

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