CKNW radio interview for Gung Haggis Fat Choy
I just did a radio interview with CKNW AM 980 reporter Nafessa Karim.
Nafeesa was really interested in
learning how Gung Haggis Fat Choy began as a small dinner with friends,
and is growing into a festival.
“It's all about community,” I told
her. “The Gung Haggis concept resonates with people, and they
want to be a part of it. In 2004, we paired up with World Poetry
Night at Vancouver Public Library, to create an event that celebrates
the poetry of Robbie Burns, the traditions of Chinese New Year, plus
sharing the work of contemporary Scottish-Canadian and Chinese-Canadian
poets. We add in some bapipes and singalongs and everybody has
“So now we are celebrating the 4th
annual Gung Haggis Fat Choy World Poetry Night at the Vancouver Public
Library, 7:30pm on Monday, January 15th.
“In 2005, SFU Recreation department
approached me to help create a way to celebrate SFU's Scottish heritage
with the large Asian student population. We came up with SFU Gung
Haggis Fat Choy Canadian Games, drawing on the idea of “Highland Games”
but with a Monty Pythonesque twist. There will be “dragon cart”
races, “human curling,” and a haggis eating event.”
Nafeesa asked if there was something special that led to the pairing of Scottish and Chinese events together.
“Canada,” I answered. The Scots
came from across the Atlantic, and the Chinese came from across the
Pacific. They met in the middle, in this land called
Canada. At first they had their differences, their clashes, but
they came around, started inter-marrying and having babies. And
that is where we are today.
To find out exactly what I said, and what time allows Nareesa to edit into the story. Listen to CKNW 980 AM starting
late tonight or early tomorrow morning. Hopefully it will be a
slow news day… and more of Gung Haggis Fat Choy will be shared with
the CKNW listeners.