Presented by Professor Emeritus Laifong Leung. Based on her research on the literary and cultural activities of the Cantonese speaking Chinese community in Canada from the Gold Rush era to the 1990s, Professor Leung reconstructs the much neglected literary contributions, such as Cantonese opera, newspapers and other publications, of the immigrants from Guangdong province in China to Chinese Canadian literature.
Professor Emeritus Laifong Leung will discuss the findings of her research on the literary activities of the early Chinese immigrants in BC at a free seminar
(#761) on Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. in Cantonese; and on
(#762) on November 8, 2012 from 7.00 – 9.00 p.m. in English
Brighouse (Main) Branch of Richmond Public Library, located at 7700 Minoru Gate.
To register visit any branch of Richmond public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at
“There is a lack of understanding about the Chinese community in Canada in the 20th century. Stereotypes of Chinese bachelors as gamblers, opium smokers, and powerful martial artists abound. Professor Leung has done extensive research to reconstruct the much neglected literary contributions of the immigrants from Guangdong province in China to the body of Chinese Canadian literature. In this talk, she will cover the literary and cultural activities of the Cantonese speaking Chinese immigrants in BC from the Gold Rush era to the 1990s in order to present an accurate picture of Chinese community,” said librarian of Chinese Services at Richmond Public Library Wendy Jang. Professor Leung taught Chinese literature, language, and calligraphy at the University of Alberta. Her publications include many books on classical Chinese poetry and post-Mao literature, and a Mandarin language textbook. Her current projects include developing the Chinese learning courseware Concise Interactive Chinese and working on a forthcoming co-authored book History of Literary Interactions between China and Canada. She is the co-founder and current Chair of the Chinese Canadian Writers Association and editor of the e-journal of the Canadian Teaching Chinese as a Second Language Association.
For more information, phone 604-231-6413.
Contact: Wendy Jang