Fairchild Radio Broadcast - From Canton to Calgary
Translated audio broadcast of Lexie Angelo's short story
"From Canton to Calgary"
George Ho Lem was a Calgary businessman and a leader in Calgary’s Chinese community. Arriving in Vancouver in 1901, he was attracted to Calgary by the Chinese Mission’s free English classes. He initially found employment as a dishwasher, which led to Ho Lem eventually operating his own restaurant (or two), the Savoy and Belmont Cafés. Historical records about when the two cafes and an associated rooming house were in operation are conflicting, but we do know that Ho Lem successfully grew his small business to the point that he expanded into the laundry and wool-knitting mill businesses, as well as erecting the Ho Lem Block in the third and current Chinatown in 1911.
This exhibit's original content is from Lougheed House National & Provincial Historic Site.