Monthly Archives: May 2006


NEWS RELEASE                   



The Land Conservancy of BC are official owners of the Historic Joy
Kogawa House in Marpole. Thanks to 550 donors from around the globe and
one last minute donation of about $500,000 dollars from an anonymous
corporate donor, the cultural landmark will be saved as part of
Canada’s history for future generations. News of the generous donation
is very timely for
TLC as the option to purchase the house closes today.

“The future of the Historic Joy Kogawa
House is now completely in our hands, and we are proud of what we were
able to accomplish with such a short deadline,” said
Deputy Executive Director Ian Fawcett. “This is one huge hurdle
cleared. The next challenge is to continue raising the rest of the
funds necessary to complete this project, to restore the house
($200,000) and to set up an endowment to offset the costs of
establishing a writers-in-residence program ($300,000) in perpetuity.”

While formal funding requests to the City of Vancouver and to the Government of Canada are still not confirmed, TLC continues
to work through the process with them, as well as with several other
potential donors and grant agencies. Now that the immediate threat of
demolition is gone,
TLC urges the public to donate to the future of the historical site.

“When we look at the
uncaring in our planet, here is evidence that relationships can be
rehabilitated, and the formerly despised can be embraced. The
dream that writers who are presently among the despised of the world
can come and write their stories here fills me with hope,” said
award-winning Canadian author Joy Kogawa. “Racism is a present tragedy
in the world, as it has been in the past. Here is one small way that we
can say in Canada, that racism can be overcome.”

After hearing the
news that the Historic Joy Kogawa House will be saved, a Grade 3
student from Tomsett Elementary School in Richmond – one of many
schools throughout the province that eagerly took up the fundraising
school challenge for Kogawa House –said: “It’s not like anything I’ve
done before. It changed every single way I think about every single
thing. I think saving Kogawa House is a great way of learning about
history. We learned about how people were discriminated against and how
we should think more about other people’s feelings. I felt very proud
of myself when I heard that the Kogawa House was saved.”

Donations for the Historic Joy Kogawa House can be made to TLC at (604) 733-2313 or online at


For further information:

TLC:    Ian Fawcett;; Heather Skydt (604) 733-2313;

Save Kogawa House Committee:    Ann-Marie Metten (604) 263-6586;; Todd Wong (604) 240-7090; warns of “dangerous dragonboat dumplings” in China


Why would be intererested in a story about “dangerous dragon boat dumplings” in China?

I have eaten sticky rice dumplings wrapped in tea leaves ever since I
was a young child.  I have even helped my mother make them when I
was young.  But now we usually purchase them at the many Chinese
food stores.

Sticky rice dumplings are traditionally thrown into the water to
appease the sea monsters during a dragon boat festival.  In
Vancouver, I think we feel there is enough pollution in False Creek
already – even though the local rats would probably love them!

explorASIAN creates benefit fundraiser for Indonesian Earthquake victims

explorASIAN creates benefit fundraiser for Indonesian Earthquake victims

the following is from explorASIAN executive director Don Montgomery

MEDIA ADVISORY – for immediate release – May 29,

On the morning of May 27, 2006, at 05.54 AM local time (at 03.54
PM Pacific Time on May 26, 2006), a powerful earthquake shook the Special
Province of Yogyakarta, inhabited by 2.6 million people, located in the central
part of Java Island, Indonesia. The epicenter of the earthquake, registered 6.3
on the Richter scale, is 15 miles from Yogyakarta, the capital of the Special
Province of Yogyakarta. Fatalities based on the latest official report were
approximately 5,136 people, mostly the residents of the Bantul Regency, in the
Southern part of Yogyakarta (population more than 770.000).

In light of this recent earthquake in Indonesia,
the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society (explorASIAN Festival) will
turn its two free concert events at the explorINDONESIAN Batik
and Arts Exhibition at the Roundhouse Community Centre into benefit concerts for
earthquake relief.  Admission to both concerts will be by donation and all
proceeds will go to the Canadian Red Cross. 
We invite the Lower Mainland community to attend the exhibition and the
two concerts and make a donation.
Friday, June 2
6:00pm – 9:00 pm
Sharon Ong & Hartono's Jazz Trio
Benefit Concert for Earthquake Relief in Indonesia
Admission by Donation
Introductions by Margaret Gallagher (CBC Radio)
Saturday, June 3
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Concert by Daeng Oktafiandi Udjo (from West Java)
Benefit Concert for
Earthquake Relief in Indonesia
Admission by Donation
explorINDONESIAN Batik and Arts Exhibition
23 – June 3, 2006
Monday to Friday – 10am to 9pm
Sat & Sun – 10am to
All three events held at the Roundhouse Community
Centre, Vancouver
181 Roundhouse Mews

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Media Contact:
Don Montgomery
Executive Director

Tacoma Dragon Boat Association loves us…. the Gung Haggis dragon boat team!

May 27, 2006

Here's an article from our paddle buddies in Tacoma – Check out the Tacoma Dragon Boat Association.

Babes and Chix make International Debut at Vancouver Regatta
By Janice Brevik

Vancouver, Canada — Under questionable skies at the Dragon Zone (venue
near the Science Dome at former Expo site) in Vancouver, Canada, the
Babes with Blades and Chix with Stix made their international debut at
the 9th Annual False Creek Women’s Regatta.  This is the fourth
year a TDBA crew has participated in the annual False Creek Women’s
fundraiser regatta.  Clad in Hawaiian attire complete with
stunning red lips (provided by Ann Martin) the Tacoma teams with their
Canadian teammates had a great day of racing, eating, and talking
story.  All that kept the rain at bay for the entire day.

The Babes, with first-time captain Ann Martin, started the action very
well with a first place win in their heat with a time of 2:49:74. 
Not to be outdone, the Chix, captained by another first-time captain,
Diane Wetzel, followed suit in their heat, also with a first place time
of 2:49:61.

As luck would have it, the two first place wins had the Babes and Chix
opposite each other in heat two.  The Chix placed first again with
a time of 240:15 and the Babes a close third with a time of
2:41:75.  It was a very close race with the three boats inches
apart.  A great finish watching—for spectators-not those in the

The third and final heat garnered the Babes with another first place
win with a time of 2:37:87.  The Chix placed third in their final
heat with a time of 2:43:62.  Both teams finished in the top 10 of
the 52 teams entered.  Nice job ladies!

Both boats had composite teams of experienced, novice, first-time
racers and guest paddlers from Gung Haggis Fat Choy dragonboat team
from Vancouver.  Gung Haggis also hosted us with food, water and
shelter, not to mention a healthy dose of good company and paddler
fun.  Topping the racing activities was having Todd Wong serving
as guest drummer /caller/motivational dude with the Babes.  Way to
go Todd!

Tips o’ the paddle go to Merri McHugh as our paperwork queen, Head
Coach Clem for critique of each race and tips to improve and our hosts
Gung Haggis Fat Choy—you are awesome!  A great time was had by all
and we shared the spoils of our day with luscious Canadian chocolates
provided to each team by the race organizers—after the race, of course.

Thanks to all the paddlers, coaches,  supporters and family
members that enjoyed this delightful event.  We couldn’t have done
it without you.

Meet Chinese Anti-Hockey Grandpa: The Tim Horton's tv ad + comment from Russell Jung who played the young father

Meet Chinese Anti-Hockey Grandpa:  The Tim Horton's tv ad 
+ comment from Russell Jung who played the young father

It's May, and a Canadian hockey team is still playing. Edmonton Oilers need one more win
to elminate the Anaheim Mighty Ducks to advance to the Stanley Cup finals, awaiting the
winner of the Buffalo Sabres - Carolina Hurricanes Eastern final.

Canadians, hockey and Tim Hortons - all very Canadian and perfect for a television
commercial.... but wait the hockey father and the hockey grandfather are Chinese?!?!
Do Chinese people play hockey? Where are the Chinese players in the NHL?

Back in 1972 and 1973, when my brother and I were in grades 6 and 7, we lived in
East Vancouver, and would carry our ice skates and hockey sticks to school to play on
Trout Lake after school.

Speaking of which... where are all the Chinese actors?

Russell Jung, who played the young father, in the Tim Horton's commercial contacted me
(see below) + a Maclean's Magazine artile about anti-hockey grandfather.

Hi, my name is Russell, and I wanted to respond to Todd`s article posted
Feb 17,2006.

I played the young father Jimmy in the commercial and I live in Richmond.
When I did the Tim Hortons Commercial I never thought it would be this big.
I`ve been an actor, stuntman and model since 86 and i always thought that with
the asian population in Van. I would see alot of work.

It took a bit of time but this commercial so far is my hilight, all asian cast, hockey
and Tim Horton`s how canadian and we didn`t wear any glasses either. So I`m
glad that people enjoyed it and put asians and hockey in the
same sentence. TTYL Russ

(from Macleans)

Forget Hockey Dad. Meet Anti-Hockey Grandpa.

He's the star of the Tim Hortons Olympic ad. But what kind of monster is he?


Just be glad he wasn't your father. Or maybe he was.

Among the ads in high rotation during the Turin Winter Olympics were
Bell's beavers with cellphones, humans with Yoplait-induced logorrhea
— and three generations of Chinese-Canadian men in Tim Hortons'
rinkside soap opera.

At first viewing, it's a heartwarming tale of fathers, sons, immigrants
and hockey. Does it get any more Canadian? Watching it, you probably
choked up a bit. But after seeing it for the fifth or 43rd time, you
may have started to wonder: what kind of a dad hates hockey so much,
and loves his little boy so little, that he refuses to go to his son's
games — though he did once or twice sneak a peek through the Zamboni
tunnel, keeping his visits a secret, as if the rink were a crack house?

Canada, you know Hockey Dad. Meet his nemesis: Anti-Hockey Grandpa. No,
he will not drive you to the rink. No, he will not buy you a chocolate
bar afterwards.

For those who haven't seen the ad, a plot summary: somewhere in Canada,
Grandfather, stern first-generation patriarch of a Chinese-Canadian
family, has come to the rink to watch his grandson, Tommy. The father
is surprised to see grandfather, who has never been to see Tommy play
before. As they sit, the proud father, making small talk, says that
Tommy is a good player. “Better than you,” shoots back grandpa. The
father shakes his head, asking: “How would you know?” You are, after
all, Anti-Hockey Grandpa. You never came to see me. You hated hockey;
thought it a distraction from school and homework. Flashback to the
early 1970s, and the son being dragged out of a road hockey game by the
patriarch. “You must study harder,” admonishes the old man, leading him
into the house while blond neighbourhood boys play on. “Not just hockey
all the time.” He spits out the word, “hockey.”

So how can grandfather know that Tommy is a better player than the
father? “I come watch,” says grandfather. The son can't believe it.
“Okay, what team did I play for?” asks the son. “You right wing,” says
the old man, pulling out his wallet and finding a fading photo of a
preteen in a yellow sweater. And so the secret is revealed: 30 years
ago, he watched at least one game. “Thanks dad,” says the son, as our
tear ducts swell. To which Grandpa replies, never making eye contact
with his son, “gimme my picture back.”

Thanks? What kind of dad waits until his son is pushing 40 to tell him
that — surprise! — back when you were six, I did see one of your
games, and maybe I didn't think of you as quite the disappointment I
always told you you were? And what kind of a son, on learning that,
responds with “Thanks?” Folks have spent years on an analyst's couch
for less.

He's cold, but Anti-Hockey Grandpa could be a genuine Canadian
archetype, one a hockey-mad culture doesn't normally acknowledge. Paul
Wales, president of Enterprise Creative Selling, creator of the spot,
insists that the story's intergenerational differences speak to us,
especially children of immigrants. The Grandpa character, according to
Wales, represents a first-generation, small-business owner whose view
is, “you work hard and you work first, and that's what your life should
be about.”

As for the revelation, 30 years too late, that Grandpa went to his
son's hockey game, “if we'd done it in a more gentle way, it wouldn't
have been genuine,” says Wales. “He wouldn't have told him that he went
and he saw him. Because it's the way that relationship is with that
culture from that generation.”

Wales says there's been a huge response to the ad, with some people
telling him that it makes them feel “like someone was looking right
into my family.”

Victor Wong, executive director of the Chinese Canadian National
Council, may be one of them. He thinks most immigrant parents are more
balanced in their view of life than Tim Hortons' Grandpa — but he also
recalls a time when his teachers told his parents that they were
worried that too many of his essays were about his favourite sport:
hockey. His parents took it in stride; Wong was doing well in school.
“But if you interview more 'Canadian-borns,' ” he says, referring to
Chinese born in Canada, “they'll relay their own hockey story to you.
They all have one.”

Which still leaves us with questions: if Grandfather was so opposed to
hockey, how did his son end up playing? Who bought him equipment? Was
Anti-Hockey Grandpa married to Hockey Grandma? We may never know. Wales
says there are no plans for a sequel.