Jean Lumb: A Woman of Many Firsts Presentation

Tue, April 16, 2019
St. Dunstan Church
56 Lawson Road
Scarborough, ON
M1C 2J2

Author Arlene Chan will do a presentation on Jean Lumb, with a Q&A afterwards. Books will be available for sale.


Jean Lumb: A Woman of Many Firsts

Born in Nanaimo, BC, to Chinese immigrants, Jean Lumb left school and began working at the age of 12 to support her family. She moved to Toronto as a sixteen-year-old, and opened a grocery in 1936. Lumb became a passionate cultural and social justice advocate for the Chinese community in Toronto and across the country.  In 1957, she was the only woman in a delegation of 40 people who met with Prime Minister Diefenbaker to lobby for family reunification after the repeal of The Chinese Immigration Act (Exclusion Act).  In 1959, Lumb and her husband opened Kwong Chow Restaurant in Chinatown.  She co-owned and operated the restaurant for over 25 years, during which time she continued to advocate for her community, and strove to blend Canadian and Chinese cultures.