Gung Haggis Fat Choy
Robbie Burns Chinese New Year's Dinner
photo Deb Martin
Dinner to 9:15pm – end time
– 180 Keefer St.
Ticket: $65 + service Charge, prices for students
of Ten is $625+ service charge.
Firehall Arts Centre 604-689-0926
25th, 2012 marks the 253rd birthday of the famous Scottish bard, two days
after January 23rd Chinese New Year welcoming the Year of the Dragon
– the most auspicious and sacred animal of the Chinese Zodiac.
Haggis Fat Choy has become synonymous with cultural fusion and fun. Often imitated, but never as successful,
musical, poetic, delicious, historical nor educative.
FEATURED 2012 Performers:
by Tetsuro Shigematsu and Toddish McWong
Wah – Parliamentary Poet Laureate
Walls – Chinese clapper tales and Chinese scholar
Harry McGrath – Robbie Burns Immortal Memory
Bear Rebels Celtic Ceilidh ensemble
Haggis Fat Choy Pipes & Drums
of dragons + surprises!
1998, “Toddish McWong” held a small private dinner for 16 friends with food,
haggis, poetry and songs – from both Scottish and Chinese cultures and thus was
Gung Haggis Fat Choy - Now it is a dinner for 400 people!
than a traditional dinner with music
and poetry. Gung Haggis Fat Choy
re-imagines a traditional Robert Burns Dinner format, within a BC or Canadian
historical context that puts Scottish-Canadian and Chinese-Canadian pioneers on
an inclusive and equal platform, while acknowledging historical racism and how
we move beyond it. This event has grown to also celebrate contemporary Scottish-Canadian and Chinese-Canadian
artists and poets and their innovations to create something uniquely Canadian.
15 Years of Highlights for
Gung Haggis Fat Choy & Toddish McWong:
1998 – 1st Gung Haggis Fat Choy Dinner for 16 people in a living room.
– 1st Creation of deep-fried haggis won ton
- CBC tv television performance special “Gung Haggis Fat Choy”– nominated for 2
- SFU GHFC Festival with dragon cart racing + human curling
– GHFC photo included in Paul Yee book Saltwater City
– “Address to the Haggis” rap version performed by Todd Wong & Joe McDonald
- GHFC featured in CBC documentary Generations: The Chan Legacy
- Toddish McWong photo in BC Canada
Pavillion during Beijing Olympics.
- photo of Toddish McWong in the Royal BC Museum exhibit “The Party”
- GHFC written about in Charles Demers’ book Vancouver Special
- Toddish McWong featured speaker at Centre for Scottish Studies SFU conference
“Burns in Trans-Atlantic context”
- Toddish McWong photo featured at Scottish Parliament in the exhibit “This is
Who We Are: Scots in Canada.”
- GHFC dinner inspired Hapa-Palooza Festival for Vancouver 125 Celebrations
Featured poets and authors
Joy Kogawa, Fred Wah, Brad Cran, Larissa Lai, Rita
Wong, George McWhirter, Jim Wong-Chu, Lensey Namioka, Fiona Tinwei Lam, + Musicians
Silk Road Music, Heather Pawsey soprano, Lan Tung, and Blackthorn + Film makers
Jeff Chiba Stearns, Ann-Marie Fleming and Moyra Rodger.
of the dinner go to Historic Joy Kogawa House Society, Asian Canadian Writers'
Workshop/Ricepaper Magazine and Gung Haggis Fat Choy dragon boat team. Every dinner guest receives a gift
subscription to Ricepaper Magazine
Menu Highlights include:
haggis won ton + haggis pork dumpling (su-mei) and appetizer courses.
served Chinese style in the form of pan-fried turnip cake, dim sum style.
haggis is served with Chinese lettuce wrap.
we always feature fun singalongs such as Loch Lomand, My Chow Mein (Bonny) Lies
Over the Ocean, and When Asian Eyes Are Smiling.
lots of surprises… such as new for 2012 – a revamped version of Robbie Burns
lyrics set to Johnny Cash or Elvis Presley music.
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