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Successful Vancouver businessman keeps commitment to his cultural roots

posted Dec 17, 2011, 3:08 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Dec 17, 2011, 3:08 PM ]
By DENISE RYAN, Vancouver Sun December 8, 2011

VANCOUVER -- Beef Stroganoff, Cherries Jubilee, Caesar Salad. These simple menu items nearly foiled Tung Chan’s hopes for a prosperous future in Canada.

It was 1973 and Chan, now one of Canada’s most respected and successful businessmen, was a new immigrant from Hong Kong.

The plucky 22-year-old had landed a job as a waiter at the Terminal City Club in Vancouver. The only hitch was that he didn’t speak English, much less know a chateaubriand from a pork chop.

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