Chop Suey Nation: The Legion Cafe and Other Stories from Canada’s Chinese Restaurants

Chop Suey Nation: The Legion Cafe and Other Stories from Canada’s Chinese Restaurants

In2016,Globe and Mailreporter Ann Hui drove across Canada to answer two questions: Why is there a Chinese restaurant in every small town? And who are the families who run them? It was only after the story was published that she discovered her own family could have been included ? her parents had run their own Chinese restaurant, The Legion Cafe, before she was born. Thi In2016,Globe and Mailreporter Ann Hui drove across Canada to answer two questions: Why is there a Chinese rest...

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Title:Chop Suey Nation: The Legion Cafe and Other Stories from Canada’s Chinese Restaurants
Author:Ann Hui
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1771622229
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

Chop Suey Nation: The Legion Cafe and Other Stories from Canada’s Chinese Restaurants Reviews

  • Alexis
    Feb 22, 2019
    A good creative non-fiction journalism/memoir about Chinese restaurants. The author talks about her own father's journey from China to Canada to open restaurants. She also explores Chinese restaurants from coast to coast, interviewing many restaurant owners of "chop suey" Chinese resta...
  • Dna
    Jun 17, 2019
    I really enjoyed the first quarter of the book, but got to about 50% and stalled. I didn?t feel compelled to continue reading whenever I?d set the book down for a while, and I think it?s because the alternating chapters started to feel too repetitive. I carefully read the remaini...
  • Rachel
    Jun 08, 2019
    This was fantastic! A really thoughtful and engaging look at the past and present of Chinese restaurants across Canada. ...
  • Sarah Frey
    Apr 28, 2019
    Ann Hui illuminates the colourful and inherently Canadian stories behind small town Chinese restaurants. Through her coast to coast journey she discovers how these "fake" Chinese restaurants evolved in the face of issues around class, race, and immigration. These restaurants are a ...
  • Krista
    Jul 05, 2019
    I was stunned. Never before had I heard about the Legion serving Chinese food. Never before had I known my parents had run a Chinese restaurant. All those years growing up, my dad would turn up his nose at chop suey-type Chinese restaurants. ?This is fake Chinese,? he would say. E...
  • David Yoon
    Jul 29, 2019
    Chop Suey refers to the uniquely Western take on traditional Chinese food born out of necessity, a paucity of authentic ingredients, and narrow local taste palates. It's General Tso chicken, Egg Foo Young and Ginger Beef. It's what I've always referred to as fake Chinese or "Average As...
  • Mike Smith
    Jun 28, 2019
    Ann Hui is a Canadian-born Chinese. Her parents emigrated to Canada, her father from China and her mother from Hong Kong, in the 1970s. Hui had wondered from an early age why there were so many Chinese restaurants in Vancouver, where she grew up, and why the food they served was nothin...
  • Simone
    Feb 20, 2019
    Completely charming. As much about Chinese-Canadian food as it is about the perils and adventure of immigration, the determination people find to make a new life for themselves and their families, the love for family and friends, all the hope and heart and food that bring people togeth...
  • Donna
    Jul 22, 2019
    Such a good book! I expected this to be about the Canadian Chinese restaurants in some of Canada's towns. What a treat to find that the chapters about the restaurants were interspersed with the story of Ann Hui's father and his coming to Canada. This book isn't just about the food. ...
  • Rachel
    Jun 12, 2019
    I cried... so much... if you know, you know. ...
  • Renee
    Feb 16, 2019
    Lovely shorter chapters, but heavy with impact. Yes it's about food, but a larger story is being told about family, culture, identity, and the lengths people will go to make a better life for their loved ones. ...
  • Kathleen
    Jun 13, 2019
    I've never thought of 'Canadian Chinese' restaurants the way that the author explores them in this book. I liked how she went back and forth between her own family's story and her trip across Canada. I wish more of the restaurant owners would have been open to sharing their experiences...
  • Filipe
    Aug 12, 2019
    This was a light, easy, and enjoyable read. The concept of the book alone made me want to read it, as I'd never thought to ask myself why there were Chinese restaurants in every city. I've lately been a sucker for any immigrant-based story, and I particularly enjoyed reading about her ...
  • Cindy Ren
    Mar 07, 2019
    I laughed, I cried, and I self-reflected throughout the pages. As a Chinese Canadian I found the stories of different restauranteurs of Chop Suey cuisine deeply familiar. This book unveils the secrets behind ?fake? Chinese dishes with wit and warmth. Hui weaves the families and the...
  • Nina
    Mar 14, 2019
    Enjoyed reading Chop Suey Nation immensely. This not only touches upon how Chinese restaurants adapted their recipes to Canadian tastes but of what many Chinese immigrants sacrificed to seek a better life in a new world for their families. As a first Canadian born Chinese, I was alw...
  • Joanne
    Sep 19, 2019
    Most Canadians, no matter how large or small their hometown is, remember the local Chinese restaurant. For people of my generation, it was usually the only exotic food they knew well into young adulthood. For that reason, I loved the premise behind this book. How did this phenomena sta...
  • Ziying
    Aug 23, 2019
    I was really looking forward to reading this book but I was a little disappointed. I did not learn much new or interesting from this book. I wish less time was spent on how hard it is to drive across the country or how bad the weather is (I did not really care). I liked some parts of t...
  • Mars Leung
    Mar 22, 2019
    A wonderful book, highlighting the evolution of Chinese food and the Chinese community in Canada. Funny, touching and at times heartbreaking. Highly recommend for anyone who love history, food and a good read. ...
  • Vontel
    May 25, 2019
    very readable story, with breadth from coast to coast. I'm sure I read her original feature story/series in the Globe & Mail in 2016, although I don't really remember much of it. The book includes photos, as well as some additional stories, as she continued to find out more about h...
  • David
    Feb 06, 2019
    From the heart Gives a great mosaic of Canada and how the early Chinese immigrants sacrificed to make a living and support their families in a new life in a new country. It brought back many memories as I was the son of mom and dad that ran the Union Cafe in Coronation, Alberta in t...
  • Laura HP
    Mar 16, 2019
    I loved this book! I was eager to read it because I loved Ann Hui's original article on this topic in the Globe. And the book did not disappoint! It's a great expansion of the original article - I was particularly happy to read the update on Mrs. Huang from Fogo Island! The format, i...
  • Debbie
    Jun 18, 2019
    This is an excellent examination of the Chinese immigrant experience and their motivation for making the big decision to move to a completely foreign place. It's not just about making money or escaping something intolerable - which is all part of the story - but according to the author...
  • Kate
    Jul 01, 2019
    For more of my book content check out instagram.com/bookalong ? This book has been longlisted for the Toronto Book Award!? ? So in 2016 Ann Hui a Globe and Mail journalist drove across Canada writing about Chinese-Canadian restaurants. She drove coast to coast talking to re...
  • Ben Truong
    May 25, 2019
    Chop Suey Nation: The Legion Cafe and Other Stories from Canada's Chinese Restaurants is an autobiography written by Ann Hui. This book chronicles her cross-country trek visiting various Chinese restaurants across Canada and reconciling her childhood, whose family also ran a Chinese re...
  • Dianne Everson
    Jul 16, 2019
    A very good read. A personal and interesting way to meld a cultural history with a personal one. This is a story of the Chinese restaurant you ate at when younger. Sometimes the only restaurant in a town of three thousand. Where chicken balls in sweet red sauce was the height of a gou...
  • Tiffany Guo
    Jun 08, 2019
    I am so thankful to Ann Hui for telling her story, and of this wonderfully detailed account of the Chinese immigrant story, of the love and sacrifice and hope behind ?fake? Chinese fusion cuisine in Canada. I?ve always been interested in the intersection between culture, history,...
  • Albert Tyson
    Mar 05, 2019
    Those with a connection to current Chinese culture or those with history, either directly or indirectly, concerning immigration to Canada from China in the 1970s will appreciate and enjoy this interleaved and well-researched self-discovery. Many are they who have similar stories which ...
  • Wendy Dines
    Apr 28, 2019
    Excellent.......the sensitivity from the author for the many restaurant owners she interviewed and flexibility to recognize her own preconceptions and a willingness to look at these restaurants as a way of life for the family/ owners and a means to an end to fit the parents? goals fo...
  • Alex Mulligan
    Feb 05, 2019
    Chop Suey nation is one of those special books where the author manages to weave in a personal story with the primary focus of the book. In fact Hui?s story of her own fathers arrival in Canada serves as an excellent anecdote to the story of ?Chinese? restaurants, their faux-Chin...
  • Will
    Apr 14, 2019
    I discovered this book when someone sent me an email with the subject line ?have you heard of this?? The content of the email was simply a picture of a woman?s hand holding a copy of ?Chop Suey Nation? with no further information. After a quick search on Amazon, I ordered the...