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Susan Crean is a cultural critic, author, and activist. A writer for over 30 years, Crean's expertise is in Canadian history, art and culture, topics on which she has written extensively.

She has been a pioneer of creative non-fiction in Canada, and is the author of seven books, the first, 'Who’s Afraid of Canadian Culture', appearing in 1976. Her next major work, 'The Laughing One – A Journey to Emily Carr', was nominated for a Governor General’s award and won a BC Book Prize in 2001.

Crean published her memoir, 'Finding Mr Wong', in 2018, a work that recreates the life of her family's cook, Wong Dong Wong, beginning with his journey from China to Vancouver, following his work as a domestic servant in Toronto to his eventual citizenship and
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Finding Mr. Wong

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The Laughing One: A Journey...

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Two Nations: An Essay on th...

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Twist and Shout: A Decade o...

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Newsworthy: The Lives of Me...

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M.E. A Portrayal of Emily Carr

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From China to Canada by William E. Johnson
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“Cemeteries are deceptive places. You go there for quiet remembering and find yourself assailed by noisy questions. If Mr. Wong didn't turn his back on his homeland, if he didn't forget it or forsake it, what then did he feel about becoming a Canadian citizen? Was it a statement of belonging?”
Susan Crean, Finding Mr. Wong

“Memories of beloved places - not necessarily places we lived in for a long time but places we were attached to - are the ones we remember in most vivid detail.”
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