Judy Fong Bates came to Canada with her mother as a six year old to join her father. Neither of her parents spoke much English, so as Judy progressed through school, immersed in this new language, she found herself living between two cultures. She became a well-known story-teller of folk tales and her own original stories in both schools and festivals all over Southern Ontario. Her first book, China Dog and Other Stories was followed by her critically acclaimed novel Midnight at the Dragon Café. In 2010 after several visits to China to meet her extended family, she published her memoir, The Year of Finding Memory.