In battle over future of Canada’s largest Chinatown there are fears of a ‘freeway of condos’

Douglas Quan, May 28, 2017

VANCOUVER — In this city of towering glass, it could easily have been overlooked as “just another condo.”
But a proposed 12-storey condominium in the heart of Vancouver’s iconic Chinatown has stoked a red-hot debate unseen in this city for years, pitting those who believe the development is needed to revitalize the neighbourhood against those who fear the project will further erode the area’s unique character. Read more…

Shirley Chan’s family played a pivotal role in stopping the freeway project

Are we witnessing the death of Chinatown — in Vancouver and across North America?

By Douglas Quan, National Post

VANCOUVER — As dusk fell over Chinatown recently, a line formed outside the entrance to Kissa Tanto, a stylish Japanese-Italian eatery named Canada’s best new restaurant this year by enRoute magazine. A trio suited up for the downtown office towers nearby sipped cocktails over candlelight at the Juniper Kitchen and Bar. Around the corner, twentysomethings seated at share tables gorged on vegan pizzas at Virtuous Pie. Hip new restaurants and glass and concrete condos in Canada’s largest Chinatown have, some say, injected a youthful vigour into an area that has been stagnant for years. Gone are the days when produce and seafood stores spilled their wares onto busy sidewalks and shoppers haggled with shopkeepers to “peng di la!” — drop their prices even more. Read more…

The cavernous Chinatown Supermarket sits empty. (Mark Yuen / Postmedia News)

A gathering of Wongs

Tristin Hopper | August 14, 2011

Every 45 seconds, another Wong is born.

As one of the world’s most prominent last names, Wongs number more than 60 million worldwide – nearly as many as the population of the U.K. Smith – the most popular name in much of the English-speaking world – has a mere five million members. Read more…

The Wong Family Coat of Arms, unveiled Saturday night at a Toronto gathering of more than 1,200 Wongs.