Growing New Roots: the Cheungs’ Journey to Canada 1918–1967 is the story of how the Cheung family uplifted their roots in China and Hong Kong and eventually put new ones in Canada, calling Vancouver home. Inspired by a text written by the Cheung grandparents and the style of Wong Family Feast by Joanna Claire Wong, the seventy-page book compiles narratives and accounts of various family members, and historical facts and timeline (written by Gretchen Cheung), and a collection of old photographs documenting their journey to Canada.
Layout and aesthetic for the book were determined much by the people and purpose of the book — keeping things practical as possible and maintaining tradition while modernizing for a new home and future generations. Texts are set in a clean sans serif with a humanist touch, and a Chinese character font selected to complement, with calligraphy hand done with brush pen by Susan Keung. It makes use of a minimal palette employing traditional Chinese colours such as red and gold, while incorporating colour and liveliness through Chinese watercolour style paintings. The layering of stories and its purpose as a family legacy is emphasized by the textures, photographs, and hand painted artwork and calligraphy.
Special thanks to various family members for their support and contributions; this project was truly a labour of love.