Johnny Seto’s Bowmanville

Sequel to Johnny’s Place: The Coronation Restaurant in Bowmanville, author Janice Seto presents an overview of Johnny Seto’s 60 years in Bowmanville, from young Cantonese Chinese immigrant to a restaurant proprietor and fully-engaged resident in the life of small-town Ontario, Canada. Included in Johnny Seto’s Bowmanville is an overview of the Enneagram personality typology.


About the Author

Janice Seto writes non-fiction and commentary including articles for The Bridge, the publication of The Malaysia-Canada Business Council. Save Your Breath: Making Better Deals by Talking Less is an expansion on her article, on negotiating, for The Bridge. Over the years, she has studied royalty and studied the Enneagram personality system and written her dissertation on the topic. Royalty Meets Enneagram is her latest series. Her more recent books are also available on Amazon: Standing Out in The Background – A Guide to Extra Work in Toronto’s Film & TV Industry and Johnny Seto’s Bowmanville – An Enneagram Perspective. Her first children’s book, Walking for Clean Water: Pukatawagan on the Move, is in English and Cree, with Ralph Caribou providing the Rock Cree dialect translation. The System for Women is her first book series on relationships, based on the hilarious but insightful work of Doc Love Parts 1 and 3 reached #2 on the Amazon Bestseller list in its category as a free download. Part 5: Pride and Prejudice reached #1. Bowmanville’s Octagon House – From Church and Faith and Tait to Irwin & Seto also went all the way to #1.

5 reviews for Johnny Seto’s Bowmanville

  1. eb

    This book is an excellent resource to students
    rspective, a treat for lovers of Chinese early immigrants life journey chronology in Canada in the 50’s, sees the return of Janice Seto writer on real chinese immigrant family Chronological History that delivers her perspective on her dad’s , her family restaurant business and their endurance stories. This book is an excellent resource to students, educators, and Chinese immigrant historical researchers and enthusiasts.

    Each chapter is filled with pictures and colorful quotes from the real chinese immigrant family of that era. These firsthand accounts provide deeper insight into their hard working life to get where they are today.

    The author supplies an in-depth personal aspects of how a chinese immigrant family life evolves from a small town of Bowmanville in Ontario of Canada. Some of the areas explored include the hardship encountered by early chinese immigrant trying to integrate into the mainstream canadian society while raising up their children with a small town chinese restaurant operating on marginal profit. As evidenced by the stories recounted throughout the volume, early chinese immigrant restaurant business were mostly family-based , part inventor, and part adventurer in order to survive.

    The book’s use of color and vivid stories helps to make the advancements come to life as something more than significant events on a timeline. While at times the stories may clutter the page, they also breathe life into what is considered by many to be a dull immigrant life subject. The author’s enthusiasm for the topic is obvious throughout the book

  2. Nik

    his journey through life made me feel like I’ve known him forever

    This was a delightful read. Though I never met the late Johnny Seto, his journey through life made me feel like I’ve known him forever. Especially interesting was all of the comments from those in Bowmanville who saw him as family. I think a lot of people will be able to relate to being from or knowing an immigrant family that becomes part of the fabric of what Canadiana is all about. Read it!

  3. Luke Zimmermann

    Janice has created an interesting scrapbook-like collection of memories and …

    Janice has created an interesting scrapbook-like collection of memories and contributions by a large number of people who knew her father Johnny over the many years he worked and lived in Bowmanville. It gives an unusual (enneagram) but fascinating picture of an immigrant family to Canada who integrated into their new environment. Janice has used a variety of sources and you will find letters, notes, newspaper articles, and lots of photos. As a migrant myself (not to Canada but Australia) it is a familiar story that warms your heart.

  4. noir fan

    A nice true story of a young man who came to Canada. Loved Canada. His family is a testament to his wonderful life.
    Bonus is you will learn about personality Types!

  5. noir fan


    Fascinating look at an interesting life.

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