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Listed below are just a few of the articles and books that, over
her 16 year career, Patsy has been featured in.
“Home Thoughts: Realtors Raising Funds For Children's Hospital".
"Home Thoughts: Realtors Raising Funds For Children's Hospital." Vancouver Sun 19 Jul. 2008.
“Vancouver's Top Real Estate Professionals Agree on Canadian Home Market Prosperity.”
"Vancouver's Top Real Estate Professionals Agree on Canadian Home Market Prosperity" Ming Pao Vancouver 14 Mar. 2008: Real Estate Outlook Supplement.
“Realtors Are Active In Bettering Your Community.”
“Realtors Are Active In Bettering Your Community."
The Vancouver Sun 24 Feb. 2004:
predict for 2002...Vancouver Realtors look at the year ahead.”
Nutt, Ron. “I
predict for 2002...Vancouver Realtors look at the year ahead." The
Vancouver Sun 5 Jan. 2002: D1+.
Top Realtor talks about Community Service”
Top Realtor talks about Community Service." The Richmond News
9 Dec. 2001: 2.
“They May Not Be Superwomen, But They’re All Super-Successful”
Zacharias, Yvonne. “They May Not Be
Superwomen, But They’re All Super-Successful.” The
1 Feb. 2001: B1+.
“The 1999 Top Producing Realtors”
“The 1999 Top Producing Realtors.” The
4 Feb. 2000: F11.
“Condo King Retains Real Estate Reign”
Chow, Wing. “Condo King Retains Real Estate Reign.”
15 Jan. 2000: F1.
“Asian realtors shine in tough selling market”
Ford, Ashley. “Asian realtors shine in tough selling market.”
The Province 17 Oct. 1997: A63.
“Heading Home: Hong Kong Immigrants Decide Canada Can't Provide
The Wealth They Crave”
Volgenau, Gerry. “Heading Home: Hong Kong
Immigrants Decide Canada Can't Provide The Wealth They Crave.”
5 June 1997: B7.
“Women Mean Business”
“Women Mean Business.” The
4 March, 1995: 3B.
“A Question of New Values: As Larger Homes Go Up, So Do Richmond
Odem, Jes. “A Question of New Values: As Larger Homes Go Up, So
Do Richmond Taxes.” The
12 May, 1994: B6.
“A Positive Attitude Can Get You Through A Lot Of Open Houses”
“A Positive Attitude Can Get You Through A Lot Of Open Houses.”
8 Oct. 1996.
“Home Sweet Home: Wheeling and Dealing at the Top”
“Home Sweet Home: Wheeling and Dealing at the Top.” Pacific
Business Sept. 1995: 3.
“Welcome To Dragonville”
“Welcome To Dragonville.” Western Living Sept.
“Hot Properties: Free Advice from Two Real Estate Agents with 30
Years Experience in the Market”
Potter, Greg. “Hot Properties: Free Advice from Two Real Estate
Agents with 30 Years Experience in the Market.”
April 1993: 80+.
Canada Our Land: Chinese Life In Canada Today –
What It’s Like, Business Prospects, How To Get In
Mann, Richard I.
Canada Our Land: Chinese Life In Canada Today – What It’s Like,
Business Prospects, How To Get In.
Toronto: Gateway Books, 1986. (Chapter 1: “Patsy Hui, Realtor, Vancouver.” 9-19)
*This book is currently out of print, but is available at both
the Vancouver Public Library and Richmond Public Library:
Vancouver Public Library:
Call Number: 971.004 M28c
Vancouver Central Branch
Mount Pleasant Branch
Richmond Public Library:
Call Number: 305.8951 MAN
Brighouse (Main) Branch
Canada Our Land: Chinese Life In Canada Today –
What It’s Like, Business Prospects, How To Get In
to Canada to live maybe forever and I’m having a heck of a good time.
gloomy autumn day in 1970 Patsy Hui, then 19, arrived from the hustling,
bustling, metropolitan, international 5.5. million strong city of Hong Kong at
the tiny town of Mission nestling in the foothills of the forest clad Canadian
“Mission was just one main street with two rows of street lights and the memory
of seeing it for the first time is still very vivid in my mind. Mission is 50 miles from Vancouver and I had come to stay with my uncle who
lived six miles outside Mission. His nearest neighbour was a mile away.
I arrived in Vancouver from Hong Kong in October 1970 it was raining and
miserable and I had to sit waiting at the airport for about three hours before
the immigration officers finally processed me. I was brave and I sat there
and sat there looking at everybody who went passed and eventually my turn came
and I was let out. I had never met my Canadian relatives but the first
thing I saw was my uncle and aunt and a whole group of their friends smiling and
waving to me.
Kong is very modern and the first thing I noticed was that these very “country
folks” but they were very, very friendly and warm and took me to a big welcome
banquet. I was super tired and home-sick and very down and although the
food was the best in Canada it wasn’t good at all compared to Hong Kong but the
warmth and friendliness of the people compensated for everything."
while waiting to enter teachers training college, Patsy secured a coveted
position as a filing clerk and typist with a major Hong Kong bank. But
after winning scholarships she had achieved top marks at St. Luke’s Co
Educational College in Hong Kong and typing in dates on form letters wasn't her
idea of life in the fast track.
experience really totally destroyed my desire to stay in Hong Kong. I was so
bored and in any case by then I had decided that I wanted to go to a foreign
university instead of training as a teacher. None of my immediate family
had gone abroad to live and I was the pioneer but I come from a very loving
family and they understood why I felt I had to go away. Throughout my
whole life I had always been extremely independent and even though I had come
from a middle class family as the middle child of seven I didn’t want to be a
burden on my parents. My mother was always very good in training us to be
independent and when I told her I wanted to come to Canada she helped me and was
very supportive. She helped me buy clothes, bought my airline ticket,
comforted me and arranged the send-off. In
Canada I had some friends and a relative whom I had never met so at least in
coming to Canada I had the back-up of people I could turn to.
first arrived after we had driven through Mission we came to a little house on
an acre of land where my uncle lived. It was totally dark and next to an
arm of the Fraser River. I was so tired and I was put upstairs in a room
all by myself. I had never had a room of my own because I always shared
with my sisters. The next day I toured the mill where my uncle worked and
which belonged to Canada Forest Products. About 700 men work there and I
felt like a VIP because I was given a hard hat and toured through the whole
place. A lot of people came to welcome me. It was incredible.
I felt so warm.
main reason why I came to Canada was that I had an offer from the Royal Bank of
Canada to work at its Mission branch and so I went to the Bank and met the
manager and he was like a father to me – and he still is. He showed me
what a quarter is, showed me what a dime is and really helped me. He told
me that I probably needed a few days rest and I started work as a teller
(cashier) at the Bank’s Mission branch on November 6, 1970. In Hong Kong
people think very fast and very soon I was promoted to Head Teller.
loved Mission because it is a small town and the whole town seemed to come in a
see me. The people were so warm it was incredible. I was just overwhelmed. I
never remember feeling lonely. People used to invite me to their homes and old
ladies would bring bread to me. It was quite an experience. If I had
gone to live in Vancouver or Calgary I would probably have been a completely
different person to what I am today.
“Although I enjoyed my time in Mission after a while I was getting depressed and
bored doing the same things every day and with nothing to do after the Bank
closed. I was so bored and I wrote tons of letters – every friend got
letters from me every two days. I didn’t watch television because when I
first came my English was not too good and there were words I could not pick up
although everyone was really encouraging and told me my English was excellent.
Now a lot of people think I was born here!
lived in the traditional Canadian way including Sunday “dinner” of roast beef
and Yorkshire pudding and baseball games. My uncle and aunt were a very,
very old fashioned family whereas in Hong Kong my mother was a very open minded
Western world type of person. I did have boy friends and friends coming
and going and ‘phoning me when I lived with my uncle but I felt very uneasy and
I felt that I had to be very 'proper'. I wasn’t doing anything wrong but I
needed my own friends, my own age and then, finally, one night after I had
picked up my aunt at about three o’clock in the morning from the restaurant
where she worked I had a car accident and drove into a ditch. She wasn’t
very happy and that brought everything to a head.
tried so hard to but I was being misunderstood and my aunt felt I was to blame
for the accident. I wanted to go home to Hong Kong. I felt awful.
My accountant at the Bank was so nice. He took me aside, comforted me and
said: “No, you’re not going home. You’re staying here. You’re living
out. They knew my uncle and aunt very well and they how old fashioned they
stayed on with the help of a lot of friends in the Bank and all around. I moved
out and stayed in my own apartment, walked to work – I wouldn’t drive a car
anymore – I joined book clubs, did a lot of voluntary work visiting old folks in
old age homes, played tennis, watched baseball games, had a lot of friends and
had a ball!
learned so much about Canadian life and people – root beer, A&W hamburgers, fish
and chips, Christmas, Easter – I loved the life, every little bit of it.
At weekends we’d cruise around town and visit; when we visited everyone brought
a bottle and we played charades, penny poker and monopoly. After work, on
Friday, everyone would go down to the ‘Pub’ and talk (I don’t drink so everyone
knew I would only have a ‘Coke’) and it was just a great life.
promoted throughout the whole branch and invited to join what they called the
Accountants Training Program. But although I learnt a lot and accomplished
a lot I told myself I could not do the same thing for the rest of my life and
that it was time to move on. First of all there were not too many boys in
Mission in whom I was interested and most people there liked to stay home and
watch television; that’s all they wanted but it wasn’t what I wanted. I’m
not really a city person but I wanted to be able to do more with myself and
after the training program the Bank transferred me to its main branch in North
Vancouver and I was in the big city.
a year, in 1974, I became branch administration officer at a small branch in
Richmond employing about 11 people and with only the manager above me.
During that year the Bank sent me to Simon Fraser University to study business
administration at night and I succeeded in winning a diploma.
very ambitious until I met my husband and that changed my life because suddenly
I wanted to be a housewife and in 1975 we were married. My
husband, Hilary, is also Chinese and a medical doctor educated at Wah Yan
College in Hong Kong and at the University of Toronto in Canada. I had
gone out on dates with Caucasian boy friends but I never, never thought of
marrying one, perhaps because I hadn’t met the right man until my husband.
worry about what life might have been like if I had married a non-Chinese. For
example, I love Chinese food. I can’t do without it. I always take a rice
cooker with me when I’m traveling and I think subconsciously maybe I was
rejecting non-Chinese boys. Actually I found that the Caucasian boys
really, really liked me because I am Chinese and different to what they were
accustomed to and they really liked me as a person because I had so much to tell
them from my background.
very properly brought up in Hong Kong but my mother is a very open minded person
and the freedom we have in Canada I also had in Hong Kong so there was nothing I
wasn’t used to in my contact with boys. I don’t think there is any
difference between Chinese and non-Chinese. I have never though of myself
as a foreigner. I’m just me and everybody treats me as me and not as
Chinese. I’ve never felt I was being discriminated against.
returned from my honeymoon in 1975 the Bank promoted me again to a much bigger
branch of 22 people and I stayed there until 1977 when I became pregnant.
We moved into a really nice home, I had a little girl, Denise, and I was all
ready to retire and stay home with the family. Three months later in my
newly decorated home and with the baby sleeping most of the time one day I woke
up and found myself climbing up the wall. I picked up the ‘phone and
called the Bank and although they didn’t have a full time position they asked me
to work part time relieving branch administration officers.
so happy and although my son, Aaron, was born 14 months later, in 1979, for four
years I kept working because I fell in love with going around to so many
different branches, sometimes for one day, sometimes for months, and because I
was relieving everybody loved me and I was treated like a saviour. I was
getting thank you cards and flowers all the time and it really made me feel as
if I was on a cloud. But the more people treated me that way the more I
felt I owed them and it made me want to do more. I like helping people and
I’ve always been very conscientious. The only goal I have in life is to do
a good job.
“Whatever somebody assigns to me I have to get it done well or else I couldn’t
sleep and I think that’s the main reason why people are successful.
during that time that I really learned banking because when you’re in one branch
one doesn’t learn so much about so many different aspects of the business. Once
again I had a ball for four more years.
Denise started to attend pre-school I had to drive her and that meant giving up
work again or at least not doing so much and quite soon I was bored again.
That was 1982. For two years I went to a local college in Richmond taking
a course in marketing. At the same time I also tried to learn everything I
could – calligraphy, swimming, skating, piano – anything I could think of, just
for the heck of it. I took
up marketing because I knew marketing would help me in everything regardless of
what business I was in. I have just graduated from the University of British
Columbia, winning a Marketing and Sales Management Diploma.
had not had the chance of coming to Canada even though I did pretty well at
school in Hong Kong I would not have had any university education at all. The
opportunity for university education is much rarer in Hong Kong.
two years I told myself that I had to plan for my future and ever since my
second year in Canada I wanted to be a realtor. People
at the Bank had told me I was a really good sales person and I like houses – I
owned my own home before I was married and I felt very proud of that.
biggest expense is my home, just like any ordinary Canadian. They are always
spending money on their houses fixing them up all the time. I don’t spend a lot
of money on clothes or anything like that.
had told me I should be in real estate and whereas if one sets up one’s own
business one has to have capital and maybe machines in real estate all I needed
was me and about six months expenses in case I didn’t make any sales. I
could work whenever I wanted to and take holidays whenever I wanted to whereas
if one had gone into retail or something like that it would have been hard to
have that freedom.
while Aaron was a baby I put in my application and waited and waited and timed
it right so that as soon as both of them were in School, so that they wouldn’t
miss me, that was the time I started in May 1984. Five days after I
started work I completed my first sale, in seven months I was top sales person
in Richmond branch of the Montreal Trust Company and a year later number one
sales person for the company in British Columbia.
loved it so much and there were times when I was working so hard I didn’t know
how many deals I’d done or how much money I’d made.
think for other people coming to Canada today they have to be ready to work
hard. If somebody coming here has money they cannot expect to buy their
success. Nobody can. My advice to newcomers would be: ‘Do not give
up, look forward, do not look back at what may have been achieved or what they
many have had in Hong Kong.’ They
have to tell themselves that they are in this country and that they have to look
culture is different and the people are different and newcomers should not try
to bring their own habits or culture into Canada. They should try to learn the
habits and culture of Canadians. That’s the only way to be happy living in a
foreign country. If they join the local people they will be loved but if they
want local people to join them then why should they? That’s my philosophy of
should think that it is easy to come to Canada and set up a business. They
definitely should not think this. Its actually very, very hard, especially for
somebody who has already established themselves in Hong Kong. Among
middle aged new immigrants from Hong Kong I’ve only seen one or two real success
stories. For most of them the transition is pretty disastrous, especially for
people in their late thirties and forties who may have had high positions in
Hong Kong. They feel extremely frustrated. They remember what they
had in Hong Kong, the power that they had, the titles that they had, the
exposure that they had, the money that they had, the big business cars and all
the glory that went with their jobs. Here they don’t have that and its not
easy to get – but it they work hard it should be possible.
British Columbia because the scenery is nice and the weather is good – one gets
the fours seasons – and the people are extremely nice, if one treats them right!
There are a lot of opportunities to work if people really want to, even if it
means going round house to house and asking for odd jobs.
loved this country from the start and thought my family should come and join me
and now my parents and brothers and sisters are all here. No matter what
people say about the beautiful clothes, the cheaper clothes, the good food and
the night life in Hong Kong my family are all over here, we’re really close and
I really don’t miss anything. I would if my family were still there.
I would miss them a lot.
course the business opportunities there are food and one can make fast dollars
but is making fast dollars really the main thing in life? I like a stable
family life with no big ups and downs, where one can go home from work and go
skiing and do things with the family. And life over here is a lot better
for children because they don’t have to just study, study, study.
Education in Canada is good. There is a very, very good learning
atmosphere but its more a question of ‘you do it’ rather than the teacher
telling one what to do all the time. The teachers let pupils explore and
encourage them to do their own research instead of just being assigned a book to
read. As far as education is concerned I like the Canadian way a lot
better than the Hong Kong way.
sorry to say that even though I was born and brought up in Hong Kong I really
don’t miss it. There are memories but I really wouldn’t want to go back there
to live. Of course, I don’t mind going back to visit once in a while.
myself up to date with what’s happening in Hong Kong. Every day I read Chinese
language newspapers from Hong Kong and listen to Chinese radio.
speak Chinese at home all the time, so do the children and we send them to
Chinese schools. I love the Chinese culture, I just love it, especially the
poetry; its incredibly beautiful and the history. And its in one’s mother
tongue. I don’t know if my children can learn about these things or not
but I am providing them with as much chance as possible. Who knows, one
day, maybe the children may want to go back to Hong Kong or China!
should feel that they shouldn’t come to Canada whether they are very rich or
just factory workers and whether or not they speak English well – they can soon
learn. But they remember that life over here is completely different from
Hong Kong – not necessarily better in every way – but certainly different.
A lot of parents have come here, many of then don’t speak good English and most
of them suffer.
Hong Kong television can be watched here so things have improved but before that
the older people who couldn’t speak English found themselves surrounded by
foreigners, perhaps they didn’t drive and they were completely handicapped.
My in-laws and my mother are very adaptable people and they went to school to
learn English and my father in law still does – even after 10 years. He
likes to be there to speak English and to make friends.
has to be very adaptable, find friends and not just stay cooped up in the house
feeling it was a mistake to come. Everything is completely different here.
In Hong Kong one could just go down the street to a shop while here one has to
drive; there is a lot of frozen food here rather than the fresh food we could
get in Hong Kong. But it
is not good sitting at home complaining. People have to make the best of what
we have here.
think Chinese people are making a major contribution to the economy of British
Columbia. Most of the higher priced homes seem to be being purchased by
Hong Kong immigrants.
first came hotel restaurants and lounges were the best dining in Vancouver but
now we have many fancy restaurants and hotels offering good exotic food and many
of them have a lot of Hong Kong money in them – not just Chinese restaurants but
fast food, Japanese and even Hawaiian.
dollars are being spent in the auto industry, mostly by Hong Kong immigrants, on
Volvos and Mercedes Benz. People
didn’t use to dress up much before but now if one goes to a concert,
particularly for a Hong Kong singer, the style, the fashion and the jewellery is
incredible. Just in the past five years in Vancouver everything has
totally changed and the most conspicuous spenders are Hong Kong immigrants. There
are a lot of shopping centres purchased by Hong Kong entrepreneurs as well as
strip shopping malls. Hong Kong immigrants are scooping up real estate in
has visited Toronto but she says she ahs never considered living there.
“Toronto is such a big city, the airport is huge, big and crowded like Hong Kong
and its hard to park your car. I didn’t like that too much. It is too much
like Hong Kong. I landed in Vancouver and I have loved it ever since.
My first impression of Vancouver Airport was of how quiet it was and how well
organized and basically I am not a big city person. I like to live near a
city, say, in the suburbs but not right in the city.
true that the economy in British Columbia is still very slow. Its coming around
but it will take time. It won’t happen in the next few years but I really
believe that whoever gets in first will have a head start.
climate is good, we have an excellent location with our port and other
facilities – the next big port is Los Angeles, there’s not much in Seattle.
There have to be opportunities for Vancouver in the trade with China. The
British Columbia government is trying very, very hard to get things going.
I have full faith in Vancouver, a lot more than in Toronto and Montréal –
because of our location.
as investors are concerned the business climate for manufacturing is not very
perfect yet – unless one is willing to take a risk.
is a good investment and the time is right now to get into a trading business
that doesn’t require a lot of factory workers. There
should be opportunities for investment in the resource industries but the price
of labour is extremely high here and resources need a lot of labour. One could
give it a shot but I don’t really think the time is right.
have the climate, the land, the resources and the facilities. Politically its
very democratic and stable. All we need now is labour to be available at a more
reasonable cost. No matter how bad the economy is there are always
opportunities. Even for people with little money the opportunities are
still there for those who don’t want to just sit at home and complain. The
key is not to give up, to give things a shot, to think positively.
never been out of work. When I worked for the bank in Mission I was such a
workaholic that, on the weekends, I worked in a Chinese restaurant as a
waitress. I didn’t need the money but I enjoyed it so much. Sometimes I even
did it during the weekdays after banking hours working until midnight.
has to be flexible, not to give up too easily, work hard and the harder one
works the luckier one gets.
since I first arrived I loved Canada and I have never regretted coming here.
to Canada maybe to live forever and I’m having a heck of a good time. I belong
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