Susan Chew was born in 1927 in Victoria, British Columbia. Growing up on a farm just outside the city, she and her ten siblings helped their parents, Chew Dang and Yee C. Loo Chew, with the family’s vegetable garden business. She later moved to New Westminster, British Columbia, where she was a successful business owner. In 1956, Susan made headlines in New Westminster, British Columbia, and across the country when she was denied tenancy in an apartment when American buyers of the building found out that she was Chinese. The community rallied around Susan, so the original owners cancelled the sale of the building. Susan was able to move in without further incident. Over the years, Susan has taken on a number of work, community and entrepreneurial roles: as a Cub Scout leader, journalist, hula dance performer, travel agent and tour guide, model, designer, actress, radio host, boutique owner, public speaker and real estate agent. After spending many years in Toronto, Ontario, she now resides in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Susan Chew is sitting at a table at The Waffle House in New Westminster, British Columbia, a restaurant she ran from 1952 to 1964. It became a popular gathering place among locals, press and politicians. Susan attributes the restaurant’s popularity to the light-weight waffle batter she used. She called her waffles 'Jiffy Wiffy Waffles' because they were aromatic and fast-cooking. She also sold the mix so that people could make their own Jiffy Wiffy Waffles at home.