Canadian family history

Sorry to the subscribers for all the mass editing!

(Above: The nameless pond-side near my mother’s home.)

Since I do rattle on about socio-environmental issues in Canada, here are some ‘fun facts’ about my family (you will see why below)…

  • A number of my relatives are 4th- and 5th-generation Chinese-Canadians;
  • My parents obtained their degrees at Queen’s ’61 and Mount St. Mary’s College ’64;
  • My late grandfather (born 1909) and his 11 siblings were/are all university-educated, as are my aunts and uncles, etc;
  • My aunt is in the Canadian Who’s Who;
  • 3 of my aunts and 2 of my uncles by marriage are published authors;
  • My uncle by marriage had 3 uncles who served in WWII and their family restaurant Panama Café was a Victoria landmark from 1910 to 1967 (see photos below).

Credibility is sadly necessary when you’re a wacko like me.  🙂

Pics from the extended family…

Interior of the Panama Café, ca. 1917. Chan Dun is standing behind the counter (City of Victoria Archives, M00274).

Standing in front of the Panama Café are Koo Ching Lim (left) and her husband Chan Dun (right) with three of their four sons who served in the Second World War, from left: Ira, Paul, and Roy (Photo courtesy of Anthony Chan).

Thanks Tony, be well. We love you.

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