Browsing Archive: March, 2011

Chinese Owners of Pennant Hotel in Saskatchewan

Posted by John Jung on Wednesday, March 23, 2011,
     Chinese not only ran restaurants on the Canadian prairies but also managed small hotels, that they saved from going out of business during the Great Depression of the 1930s.
 "The Pennant Hotel was not, strictly speaking, a family business. Rather, it was run by several men – relatives or friends – who worked as partners. This was necessary because, from 1885 until well into the 20th century, restrictive immigration laws prevented Chinese from bringing their wives and children to Cana...

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Chinese Restaurants in small Canadian towns

Posted by John Jung on Monday, March 7, 2011,
In Yellowknife, NW Territorties, the Wild Cat Cafe, opened in 1937-8, was a gathering place for prospectors, miners and pilots and the hub of Yellowknife's social activity. Prospectors wheeled and dealed, community members held meetings and banquets, while visitors came and went by floatplane. Later, the Wild Cat was used as Yellowknife's first ice cream parlour and Chinese restaurant.


 Named using the initials of the last names of its founders,  Calvert, Vopni, and Menlove, the CVM ca...
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Chinese Ran Hotels on the Canadian Prairies

Posted by John Jung on Monday, March 7, 2011,
Thanks to a blog created by an acquaintance, Joan Champ, a Canadian museum exhibit producer and historian in Saskatchewan I just learned about the role of Chinese immigrants operating small hotels during the Great Depression in addition to running small cafes.  For example, in Edam,SK., a Chinese who bore the name "Charlie Chan" ran a café, ice cream parlor and hotel. 
 After WWII, business declined for Chan's hotel as was true for other hotels, and Chinese moved on to focus on their small ...
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About Me

John Jung After retiring from a 40-year career as a psychology professor, I published 4 books about Chinese immigrants that detail the history of their laundries, grocery stores, and family restaurants in the U. S. and Canada.

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