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1918 - 2000 | Cantonese Opera Singer
Born in Guangzhou, China, Gar Yin Hune was exposed to Cantonese opera early on in her life through live performances at her father’s tea houses. She joined an opera company and traveled to North America in 1938, sponsored by the Chinese Freemasons. Her troupe performed in Chinatowns across Canada, providing a space for Chinese communities to gather and express themselves freely in a segregated society. Settling in Toronto during World War II, she was drawn to the city’s vibrant Chinatown, where she could find a sense of belonging and opportunity.
Hune’s resilience and cultural contributions inspired and enriched the fabric of Toronto’s Chinatown.