Jim Wong-Chu

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Jim Wong-Chu, January 28, 1949 - July 11, 2017

With great sadness we announce the passing of Jim Wong-Chu on July 11, 2017. Jim suffered a massive stroke and battled valiantly for four months. He was a loving husband, stepdad, uncle, mentor, and friend. He is survived by wife Marlene, stepdaughter Debbie, sisters Margaret, Anna, and Rose, brothers Peter, Thomas, and Francis, many beloved nephews and nieces, and mother Sui Tung Chu. Jim was born in Hong Kong and brought to Canada as a Paper Son at the age of 4. He wore many hats: waiter, BC Ferries employee, and longtime Canada Post employee. His true passion, however, lay with the Chinese community as he worked tirelessly to have Chinese history accepted as part of Canadian history. Jim will be remembered as a renowned photographer, historian, editor, writer, radio program producer, and community builder. As co-founder of the Asian Canadian Writers Workshop and Rice Paper magazine, his goal was to have at least one Asian writer published every year, and he developed the Emerging Writers Award to assist new writers. Several of the writers he mentored have gone on to win prestigious literary prizes. His book, Chinatown Ghosts, was one of the first books of poetry published in Canada by a Chinese author. He was also a co-founder of Asian Heritage month and produced "Go for Broke," a variety show with an all Asian cast. While Jim himself was the recipient of many awards, his goal was always to see others succeed. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date TBA.

Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from July 17 to July 18, 2017
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