Dr. Sun Yat – Sen Gardens + The Last Tailor of Chinatown
Happy Lunar New Year! Let’s celebrate by checking out Chinatown’s tucked away gem + meet a Chinatown pioneer!
Jeff + I really haven’t been having very many adventures lately due to the fact that every weekend we are busily trying to get the house ready for Baby Fayle. I love my adventures so we’ll have squeeze a couple more in before the due date!
We attended the 100th Anniversary for Chinatown’s Modernize Tailors last November held at Sun Yat-Sen Gardens.
As we walked into the crowded room, Bill Wong was at the podium telling stories of his childhood. The Wong family contributes so much to the history of Vancouver + the richness of the Chinese immigration.
Bill was recounting the times in China when he + his brother would chop down sugar cane. They would chew on the sweet fibers until they were sick to their stomachs! As he was telling the story, staff passed around cubes of sugar cane for all the guests!!!
When Bill was done speaking, cake was served (yay for me!) + guests mingled + enjoyed the Modernize Tailor historical timelines posted along the walls. Check out this lady in the faboo orange ensemble. Sassy! I was obsessed with her + I told her she looked amazing.
Bill had many admirers + well wishers wanting to have a few words with him. We were there FOREVER because Jeff was obsessed with Bill. He kept circling him, lingering, waiting for his chance to chat with him. Like a stalker.
If that was me, I’d be in the front of the line! But I’m aggressive like that. Jeff was shy. Finally, I chatted up one of Bill’s relatives who got us an audience him! Finally! Poor Bill was looking pooped out at that point! But he is still 91 years young!
Jeff was so star struck! Modernize Tailors is still operating + in high demand. They’ve tailored suits for celebrities + feature films have had suits made by them. Jeff has dropped off + picked up suits at Modernize Tailors for movies he has worked on.
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen was a nationalist who traveled the world to raise awareness of, and funding for, the Chinese nationalist movement. Sun Yat-Sen stayed in Vancouver on three different occasions for extended periods.
Here’s to the Year of the Horse! And to a year of giving, kindness + peace!