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Ho Sun Hing Printers by Marlene Yuen

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Ho Sun Hing Printers first began as a rubber stamp company founded in 1908 by Lam Lat Tong. Lam grew his business to become Canada’s first Chinese-English print shop; the shop provided Vancouver’s Chinatown community with fine printing services. The print shop officially closed in 2014 after over a hundred years in business and Yuen managed to purchase a handful of letterpress blocks prior to the shop closing down. For this book, Chinese letterpress blocks were accessed from the WePress Collective and lead type was accessed from Emily Carr University, both originating from Ho Sun Hing Printers. Ho Sun Hing Printers retells the story of the Lam family’s business. The Chinese text in this book was translated by Jodie Mak of Yarrow Intergenerational Society for Justice. An interview with Norman Lam, Lam Lat Tong’s grandson, is also included. The book is a combination of letterpress printing by Marlene and risograph printing by Moniker Press. Edition of 100.