Pender. Keefer. Columbia. Main.
Those street names in Vancouver’s Chinatown were oddly familiar to me on my first visit in 2006, even though I’d never been there before.
In a sense, though, I’d already been, thanks to a couple of novels by Canadian author Wayson Choy.
His portrayal of Chinese immigrants’ lives in early part of the last century gave a taste of what the neighbourhood would have been like.
Things are not that way anymore, of course.
But the landmarks and the names are still there.