Arlene Chan 4-Book Bundle - Dundurn

Arlene Chan 4-Book Bundle

The Chinese Community in Toronto / The Chinese in Toronto from 1878 / Paddles Up! / Spirit of the Dragon

Published March 2016

$ 27.99


Third-generation Chinese-Canadian Arlene Chan shares the rich histories of Toronto’s Chinese-Canadian communities in this special four-book bundle.


The Chinese Community in Toronto
The history of the Chinese community in Toronto is rich with stories drawn from over 150 years of life in Canada. Stories, photographs, newspaper reports, maps, and charts will bring to life the little-known and dark history of the Chinese community, showing how the Chinese make a significant contribution to the vibrant and diverse mosaic that makes Toronto one of the most multicultural cities in the world.

The Chinese in Toronto from 1878
In 1894 Toronto’s Chinese population numbered 50. Today, no less than seven Chinatowns serve the second-largest visible minority in the city, with a population of half a million. With their many achievements, the Chinese have become a vibrant part of the diverse mosaic that makes Toronto one of the most multicultural cities in the world.

Paddles Up! Dragon Boat Racing in Canada
Paddles Up! provides an in-depth look at dragon boating from its beginnings in ancient China to the modern-day prominence of Canadian teams on the international scene, as told in the words of top coaches of men’s and women’s teams, experts and enthusiasts, and sports health professionals across Canada.

Spirit of the Dragon: The Story of Jean Lumb
The Order of Canada, the country’s highest honour, is awarded to those who have made a distinct contribution to Canadian life. The late Jean Lumb received the Order of Canada, among other awards, for her role in changing Canada’s immigration laws that separated Chinese families, and for her contribution in saving Chinatowns across Canada.


Arlene Chan

Arlene Chan is a third-generation Chinese Canadian who was born in Toronto and spent her early years in "Old Chinatown," at Elizabeth and Dundas Streets, where she helped at her parents' restaurant. Her mother, Jean Lumb, was the first Chinese-Canadian woman to receive the Order of Canada. Arlene and her husband live in Toronto.

Susan Humphries

Susan Humphries has been an avid dragon-boat paddler for the past ten years. She has competed in the European, North American, and World Club Crew Championships, and has been active in the goverance of the sport through her work with Dragon Boat Canada. She lives in Burlington.

Book Details

March 2016
751 pp