Wayson Choy, Canadian writer, Died at 80

Wayson Choy was born on April 20, 1939, and died on April 27, 2019; he was a Canadian writer.

He was born in Vancouver in 1939. A Chinese Canadian, he spent his childhood in the city’s Chinatown.

Wayson graduated from Gladstone Secondary School and went on to attend the University of British Columbia, where he studied creative writing.

Wayson moved to Toronto in 1962 and taught at Humber College from 1967 to 2004.


He continued to teach at the Humber School for Writers. Wayson was president of Cahoots Theatre Company of Toronto from 1999 to 2002.

He was the author of the novel The Jade Peony in 1995, which won the Trillium Book Award and the City of Vancouver Book Award. In 2010, it was, selected as one of five books for the CBC’s annual Canada Reads contest.

Wayson memoir Paper Shadows: A Chinatown Childhood (1999) won the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction and was, nominated for a Governor General’s Award.

All That Matters was published in 2004 and was, nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. In 2005, Wayson was named a member of the Order of Canada.

Wayson Choy sadly passed away on April 27, 2019; he was 80years old.