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VCCFA Dinner Sunday April 28, 2024

Dear VCCFA Members and Friends, Please join us for an awesome evening of good food and an interesting speaker on Sunday, April 28, 2024, 6 pm at Tropical Island Restaurant, #1, 3690 Shelbourne St.

Event:   Victoria Canada China Friendship Association Dinner Meeting


Date:  Sunday, April 28, 2024


Location:  Tropical Island Restaurant, #1, 3690 Shelbourne St.


Time:  6pm. – Dinner; 7pm. – Presentation

Topic: “Victoria’s Chinese Market Gardens”


Presenter:  Mr. John Adams


Description:  Many of the earliest migrants from China were from the rural farming areas of Guangdong where rice, oranges and pineapples were staple crops. The young Chinese men who arrived in Victoria in 1858 discovered that there was a demand for fresh produce here. But the crops and growing conditions were quite different from back home. However, they soon adapted to their new environment and started market gardens in plots of arable land wherever water was available in the Greater Victoria area. Market gardens led to greenhouses and to a peddler economy to deliver the vegetables throughout the region. John Adams, author of Chinese Victoria: A Long and Difficult Journey will discuss this often overlooked aspect of Chinese Canadian history, with many illustrations from his book.


Biography:  John Adams is a historian and author based in Victoria. He holds a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto and has 30 years of experience in historic sites and museums in Ontario, Vancouver, and Victoria. He operates Discover The Past, specializing in historical research, writing, lecturing, and tours. He has authored seven books, including "Chinese Victoria: A Long and Difficult Journey."


Restaurant: Tropical Island, #1, 3690 Shelbourne St.


It is close to the intersection of Shelbourne Street and Cedar Hill X Road. Entrance on Cottonwood Street. Plenty of parking. If traveling down Shelbourne Street {towards Mount Doug}, turn left on Church Ave., then left onto Cottonwood Street.




Spring Roll (1 per person)

House Fried Rice

Vegetable Egg Noodle

Hainese Crispy Chicken

Tropical Beef

Spicy Basil Ribs (mild)

Cashew Vegetables Delight



Please arrive at the restaurant by 5:45pm. Dinner starts at 6pm. The talk begins at 7pm.


$25 for members and students and $30 for non-members.  


Payment Methods:

Cash, cheque, or E-transfer

Please avoid using abbreviations on cheque.


RSVP Contact: Carol Charlebois at or phone 250-882-5820. 

Space is limited and we expect this dinner to be very popular. RSVP as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


We look forward to seeing you there!


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