Chop Suey Nation – World Book Day Q&A with Ann Hui

Explore the world of Chinese Canadian restaurants and the immigrants who run them. To celebrate World Book Day, join Ann Hui in a conversation on her national bestselling book, Chop Suey Nation: The Legion Cafe and Other Stories from Canada’s Chinese Restaurants. 

Date | Friday, April 23, 2021
Time | 4PM – 5:30PM PST
Platform | Zoom
Tickets | $5 via Eventbrite. Register here!

This event will feature opening remarks by Dr Henry Yu, Director of UBC INSTRCC who was interviewed in the book. Through a facilitated conversation with Ann Hui, audience members will have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A.

Be part of the conversation with #ChopSueyStories!

Chop Suey does not only represent food and Chinese Canadian restaurants. To us, it symbolizes entrepreneurialism, the ability to adapt, and the migrants’ hopes and dreams for creating a better life for their families. Therefore, we encourage you to share your images and stories of Chinese Canadian family-owned businesses broadly and over various generations of immigration. Tag us on Instagram or email us at to have your story featured on @ChineseCanadianStories.

Featured Speakers

Opening Remarks: Dr. Henry Yu

Professor Henry Yu received his BA in Honours History from UBC and an MA and PhD in History from Princeton University. After teaching at UCLA for a decade, Yu returned to UBC as an Associate Professor of History to help build programs focused on trans-Pacific Canada. Currently, he is the Director of the Initiative for Student Teaching and Research on Chinese Canadians (INSTRCC) and the Principal of St. John’s College at UBC, as well as a Board Member of the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of British Columbia (CCHSBC).


Featured Speaker: Ann Hui

Ann Hui is the Globe and Mail’s national food reporter. Her debut book, Chop Suey Nation: The Legion Cafe and Other Stories from Canada’s Chinese Restaurants, was a national bestseller, and won the Taste Canada and ICAP awards for food writing.


This event is hosted by UBC Initiative for Student Teaching and Research in Chinese Canadian Studies (INSTRCC) and Pacific Canada Heritage Centre – Museum of Migration Society (PCHC-MOM), with support from UBC ACAM, Museum of Vancouver and Chinese Canadian Museum Society of BC.

Proceeds for this event will go towards UBC INSTRCC’s community engagement and student research activities. We are thankful for community support in our ongoing partnerships supporting local organizations such as PCHC-MoM. Learn more about UBC INSTRCC’s community engagement here.