Paul Yee was born in Spalding, Saskatchewan, but grew up in Vancouver. Because his family didn’t have a TV, he read many books. His favourite stories were adventure books about faraway places.
Yee obtained a Bachelor’s, and then a Master’s degree in Canadian History from UBC. He worked as an archivist in the City of Vancouver archives, and in his spare time, did research and volunteer work in Chinatown.
In 1988, Yee moved to Toronto, and worked first at the Archives of Ontario, then at the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship.
When Yee was growing up, he never found books about the world of immigrants in Canada. Yee has tried to fill that void with his writing. Many of the characters in Yee’s stories are inspired by members of his family and community.
Bio by Niki B.
- A Song for Ba (paintings by Jan Peng Wang), 2004
- The Jade Necklace (Illustrated by Grace Lin) 2002
- Dead Man's Gold and Other Stories (Illustrated by Harvey Chan) 2002
- Fly Away, 2001 (In When I Went to the Library)
- Boy in the Attic, 1998
- Ghost Train (Paintings by Harvey Chan) 1996
- Struggle and Hope: The Story of Chinese Canadians, 1996
- Breakaway, 1994
- Roses Sing on New Snow: A Delicious Tale (Pictures by Harvey Chan) 1991
- Tales from Gold Mountain: Stories of the Chinese in the New World (Paintings by Simon Ng) 1989
- Saltwater City: the Chinese in Vancouver, 1988
- The Curses of Third Uncle, 1986