Todd Wong, Intercultural Activist – article posted on Suite 101

Todd Wong, Intercultural Activist
– article posted on Suite 101

Ann-Marie Metten is my fellow coordinator on the “Save Kogawa House” campaign, together with Anton Wagner in Toronto.  Kogawa House was eventually purchased by The Land Conservancy of BC and preserved for generations to come. Here are Highlights of Kogawa House campaign.

Below is an article that Ann-Marie has written about me for the activist website: Suite 101

Todd Wong, Intercultural Activist

Todd's blend of Scots and Chinese cultures forecasts a new way of being in the world

© Ann-Marie Metten

Todd dons a Lion's head mask - Photo Credit: Deb Martin

Todd
Wong encourages tolerance and acceptance by blurring the borders
between seemingly polar opposites–the Scottish and Chinese cultures

On
St. Andrew’s Day, November 30, 5th generation Chinese-Canadian Todd
Wong donned his kilt and sporran to join others of Scots descent to
celebrate the patron saint of Scotland. “Toddish McWong,” as he is
affectionately known, honours Canada’s Scottish descent when he raises
a toast to St. Andrew, whose bones were carried for protection to the
farthest reaches of the world—now known as Scotland.

Later in the season, Todd and his Chinese-Canadian family and friends
will continue a longstanding tradition of blending cultural traditions
in Todd’s annual Gung Haggis Fat Choy dinner. Scheduled for the Sunday
evening between Robbie Burns Day on January 25 and Chinese New Year,
which falls on the second new moon after winter solstice, Todd’s dinner
brings together musical performances from both Scottish and Asian
communities. Wontons and spring rolls made with haggis and other dishes
that merge Scottish and Chinese traditional foods fill the 10-course
menu. More than 500 people are expected to participate in the 2007 Gung
Haggis dinner on Sunday, January 28….

See the rest of the article at http://activism.suite101.com/article.cfm/todd_wong__intercultural_activist

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