Lem Wong, the central character in Keith Locke's "The Road Chosen,"
arrived in Canada in 1897 at the age of 14. Labouring hard at a new
beginning, Lem worked as a laundryman, then a poultry and vegetable
merchant and then, again, in the laundry trade. It wasn't until 1914
that Lem had saved enough money to start his own restaurant, Wong's
Cafe, in London, Ontario. Before long, Lem's business savvy and welcoming
hospitality made Wong's Cafe famous throughout southwestern Ontario
for its orchestra and dance suppers.
What is it that drives the entrepreneurial spirit, especially among immigrants to Canada? We'd be
interested in hearing and discussing your views.