Historical Society Monthly Meeting
History of Toronto's Chinatowns: A walk in time 1850-2022
Celebrate Asian Heritage Month by joining Bedford Park resident and NTHS member Harvey Low as he takes a walk through time examining the Chinese population and the different Chinatowns in Toronto. His presentation will feature historic and present-day photos of Toronto's lost Chinatowns. He will share some never-before-seen photos from his family albums.
Harvey's great-grandfather ran a laundry in Toronto in the late 19th. century. His grandfather, Sam Low, started the first Chinese laundry in North Toronto in 1918 and ran it for almost 60 years. Some of you may recall it on the west side of Yonge St., opposite Sheldrake Blvd. and next door to Fred Lill's barber shop. Harvey grew up on Albertus Ave. and attended John Fisher PS, Glenview PS and NTCI before earning a degree in Urban Studies from Ryerson. Recently retired from the City, he has plunged enthusiastically into further researching the Chinese community and his family's history. We look forward to a fascinating presentation!