Ying Jia, Corner Store in La Petite Patrie

reporter : Judith Lussier
photographer : Dominique Lafond
sound design : Cedric Chabuel
web design & development : Deux Huit Huit
in collaboration with
le Devoir
Bing Lu
Ying Ying
Ying Ying
Xiang Yang
chapter one
chapter two
chapter three
chapter four
chapter five
Bing Lu
Bing Lu
We’d like to thank the Lu family.


Judith Lussier


Dominique Lafond

Sound Designer

Cedric Chabuel

Web Development & Design

Deux Huit Huit



Dominique Willieme

Executive Producer

Hugues Sweeney

Project Manager

Martin Viau

Production Manager

Marie-Pier Gauthier

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Anne-Marie Lavigne


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Dominique Brunet

Caroline Fournier

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Fernando Calderon

Marketing Managers

Sophie Thouin

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Karine Sévigny

Information Technology

Sergiu Raul Suciu

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Nadine Viau



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Paul Cauchon

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Yanick Martel

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Christian Tiffet

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Marie-Pier Frappier

Benoit Munger

Philippe Papineau


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Ying Jia

Corner store in La Petite Patrie

Photographer Dominique Lafond and reporter Judith Lussier met the Lu family in 2009 while criss-crossing the province to research a wide variety of owners of convenience stores—called dépanneurs in Quebec—for their book Sacré dépanneur! They were deeply moved at how this Chinese family had settled into the heart of the Petite Patrie neighbourhood, in their convenience store at the intersection of Rosemont Boulevard and de La Roche Street.

Although the name of the dépanneur has been changed to "Ying Jia", its previous name can still be seen in the window and, inside, a photo of former owners Mr. and Mrs. Fiset, taken in the 1930s, takes us back to the corner stores of long ago. The Lu's story reminds us that behind every dépanneur's counter, a family's history waits to be discovered.