Larry Wong was born August 1938 in Vancouver's Chinatown and attended the University of British Columbia for two years.
His career was with the Federal Government which took him from Vancouver to Ottawa to Toronto and back to Vancouver. He was a financial planner with a background in accounting and computer.
After his retirement he became a member of the Asian Canadian Writers Workshop and wrote a short play, Siu Yeh, which was produced at the Firehall Art Centre in 1995. Siu Yeh was part of the Go For Broke Revue, a forerunner of Asian Heritage Month.
He was also the writer, researcher and co-host, along with Nancy Li for Rogers' Cable Chinatown Today; he served on the boards of Tamahnous Theatre, the Federation of B.C. Writers, the Westcoast Book Prize Society and the Vancouver Public Library, One Book, One Vancouver.
He was asked to join the Chinese Canadian Military Museum Society as a director and became their curator and historian.
He also became a director of the Vancouver Historical Society. He was the vice-president for several years and was their programming officer inviting guests highlighting the city's history at monthly meetings opened to the public at the Museum of Vancouver.
He was the founding director of the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of B.C. in 2003 which was formally a registered society the following year. He continues to be active in the society with his blog, Ask Larry and participating in the UBC Chinese Canadian Stories.
His stories of early Chinatown appeared in a 2007 anthology, Eating Stories: A Chinese Canadian & Aboriginal Potluck which was reprinted in Learning Chinese Canada.
His latest book, Dim Sum Stories: A Chinatown Childhood was launched September, 2011.
He has served on a number of heritage committees and as a mentor, consultant and resource person for a number of writers and scholars.

Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
Dim Sum Stories: A Chinatown Childhood


Dim Sum Stories: A Chinatown Childhood (Chinese Canadian Historical Society of B.C. and Initiative for Student Teaching and Research in Chinese Canadian Studies, UBC, 2011). $25.00 978-0-9783420-7-4

[BCBW 2012]