Disappearing Moon Café

A Virtual Field Trip of DMC‘s Chinatown

Sepia toned shot of the entrance to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park. Taken by UBC Studios 2017.


See Chinatown from a brand new perspective! This interactive collection of photospheres provides 360° views of the famous Vancouver neighbourhood. Through an immersive digital experience, the field trip highlights key settings in SKY Lee’s Disappearing Moon Café, featuring commentary about the novel and reflections on Chinatown by the author.

This virtual tour supplements Canadian Literature’s special issue Asian Canadian Critique Beyond the Nation, guest edited by Chris Lee and Christine Kim, and was motivated by NeWest Press’ second reprint of this seminal novel.

An unflinchingly honest portrait of a Chinese Canadian family that pulses with life and moral tensions, this family saga takes the reader from the wilderness in nineteenth-century British Columbia to late twentieth-century Hong Kong, to Vancouver’s Chinatown.

Intricate and lyrical, suspenseful and emotionally rich, it is a riveting story of four generations of women whose lives are haunted by the secrets and lies of their ancestors but also by the racial divides and discrimination that shaped the lives of the first generation of Chinese immigrants to Canada.

NeWest Press on Disappearing Moon Café

This project has been created with the generous support of the Quan Lee Excellence Fund for Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies, UBC Studios, and NeWest Press. Special thanks to Christy Fong, Christopher Aitken, Szu Shen, and Brooke Xiang for their work on this tour. Please note that older browsers and operating systems may have difficulties rendering the field trip.