In 2016, Ann Hui drove across Canada to answer two questions: Why is there a Chinese restaurant in every small town? And who are the families who run them? It was only after the story was published in The Globe & Mail that she discovered her own family could have been included — her parents had run a Chinese restaurant, The Legion Cafe, before she was born. This discovery set her on a time-sensitive mission: to understand how her family had somehow wound up in Canada.
Ann Hui is a journalist at The Globe and Mail. Since 2015, she’s been the Globe’s National Food Reporter. Hui has written for The Walrus, National Post, Toronto Star and Victoria Times Colonist. She has twice been nominated for National Newspaper Awards. Her work has included investigations into the role of lobbying in the development of Canada’s Food Guide, and a 2018 story that uncovered widespread sexual harassment in one of the country’s most prominent wineries. She has a master of journalism from Ryerson University and a bachelor of arts from the University of British Columbia. Hui lives in Toronto.