Happy Birthday Jean Lumb! Born on this day, July 30, 1919.

The story of Jean Lumb is one among many that could be told about Chinese-Canadian women who were raised during the Great Depression and the Second World War.  Despite the hardships of living in a Canada that did not welcome Chinese people, Jean grew and developed from being an “outsider” to being a leader not only within the Chinese-Canadian community but also in the whole of Canada.

Like the mighty Dragon in Chinese mythology, her spirit and determination have made her a symbol to be admired by all people.  Through her leadership, Jean Lumb is a woman who has made a difference to life in Canada.

Excerpted from Spirit of the Dragon by Arlene Chan, published by Umbrella Press. Copyright © 1997 by Arlene Chan

Image Credit: Jean Lumb Collection