In memory of David Chuenyan Lai

Remembering "the father of Canadian Chinatowns"

When David Chuenyan Lai died on June 15 after a prolonged illness, British Columbia lost an outstanding citizen who had been a role model to colleagues, civic leaders and ordinary citizens, and who, through his example, encouraged us all to have have the courage to take risks in striving to enrich and improve the lives of all Canadians.

Lai was, among other things, professor emeritus of geography and adjunct professor of Pacific and Asian studies at the University of Victoria.

Throughout his life, he was a well-known promoter of multiculturalism and an explorer of the early Chinese community history in British Columbia, in particular Victoria.

(read complete story in The Ring)