Judy Fong Bates

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Judy Fong Bates
Born Fong Mun Sin[1]
(1949-12-22) December 22, 1949 (age 68)
Kaiping, Guangdong, China
Residence Northumberland County, Ontario
Citizenship Canadian
Alma mater University of Guelph
University of Toronto
Occupation author and teacher
Website www.judyfongbates.com

Judy Fong Bates (born December 22, 1949) is a Chinese-Canadian author.


Born in Kaiping, Guangdong, she immigrated to Canada with her mother in 1955 to reunite with her father in Allandale, Ontario.[2] The family subsequently moved to Acton, Ontario where she spent most of her adolescence,[3][4] eventually graduating from Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute.[5] She obtained her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Guelph,[5] later followed with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto.[2] She was a teacher with the Toronto Board of Education for twenty years,[6] working at the Garden Avenue and Fern Avenue public schools,[7] and has also taught creative writing at the University of Toronto and Trent University.[6]

She currently resides with her husband on a farm near Toronto.[6]

Works and honours[edit]

In 2005, she published Midnight at the Dragon Café, which was recognized in 2006 by the American Library Association as one of the year's notable books,[8] and was subsequently honoured with an Alex Award in 2008, for having special appeal to young adults. In 2011, this book was chosen by the Toronto Public Library as the One Book Selection, as the single work that Torontonians should read within the year.[9]

In 2010, The Year of Finding Memory was selected by The Globe and Mail as one of the top 100 books of the year.[10]





  1. ^ Rebecca Wigod (2004-01-24). "Judy Fong Bates: Profile" (PDF). Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  2. ^ a b Paula Jessop. "Judy Fong Bates". Canadian Encyclopedia. 
  3. ^ Sarah Hampson (2010-06-07). "'My parents are a part of Canadian history': Judy Fong Bates". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  4. ^ "Judy Fong Bates returns to read at Acton Library". Independent and Free Press. 2011-10-03. Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  5. ^ a b "Campus Author - Year of finding memory : a memoir". uoguelph.ca. University of Guelph. Retrieved August 13, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c "Biographical info". judyfongbates.com. Retrieved August 13, 2017. 
  7. ^ Gillies, Charene (Spring 2011). "Sunnyside Garden Daycare News" (PDF). GardenAvenews. Toronto: Garden Avenue School Advisory Council. p. 8. 
  8. ^ "The 2006 list". American Library Association. 
  9. ^ "Toronto Public Library Announces 2011 One Book Selection". Toronto Public Library. 
  10. ^ "The 2010 Globe 100: Non-fiction". The Globe and Mail. 

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