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Gung Haggis Fat Choy Pow Wow Dinner in Nanaimo with Shelagh Rogers

What happens when you combine
Scottish, Chinese & First Nations
BC heritage together?
  
Gung Haggis Fat Choy Pow Wow Dinner!


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Shelagh Rogers has impecable timing.  Here CBC Radio flagship show moved to Vancouver in 2004 and asked if I could present a gift for Shelagh.  I created haggis won ton to represent the youngest generations of my family who are of mixed race heritage.  In 2005, Shelagh came to co-host Gung Haggis Fat Choy Dinner.  

Recently, Shelagh has been hosting Reconciliation pot luck dinners between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.  We hosted a fireside chat at Kogawa House with members of the Japanese, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community.  In a conversation, we came up with the idea that could include the three pioneer cultures of First Nations, Scottish and Chinese.  I called it Gung Haggis Fat Choy Pow Wow Dinner.  Shelagh loved it.

On January 23, 2011 – It became a reality at Iron Wok Restaurant in Victoria.


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Here is a new twist on our famed haggis & shrimp won ton appetizer dish.  It is served with a special sweet sauce flavored with orange.

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This appetizer plate of BBQ pork and jelly fish, included spoons filled with smoked salmon marinated with citrus flavors.

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Lynette shared her Lebanese-Celtic-Canadian heritage by doing a celtic sword dance after a performance of belly dancing, with the sword balanced on her head.  She is wearing a vest featuring the Maple Leaf tartan.

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We called this dish Gung Pow Wow chicken – very tender!

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Here I am making up my haggis lettuce wrap.

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Wild sockeye salmon seared with hot oil, ginger, green onions and soy sauce – yummy!

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Neeps and tatties and sliced beef in a classic Cantonese dish

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Mongolian gold coin beef

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The Jim family shares an offering of thanks for the food and friendship.

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Bagpiper Allan McMordie and my 95 year old Grand-Auntie Helen, who lived in Nanaimo as a child with her grandparents Rev. and Mrs. Chan Yu Tan.  Rev. Chan ministered at the Chinese United Church in Nanaimo, as well as Victoria, Vancouver and New Westminster.  In Nanaimo, he also looked after the miners in Cumberland.

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The Shelagh Rogers dessert – a fusion of Scottish, Chinese and First Nations flavors.  Blueberry sauce on sliced mango and bannock, served with mango and green tea ice cream.


See more pictures in my Flickr set:

Nanaimo Gung Haggis Pow Wow Dinner

Nanaimo Gung Haggis Pow Wow…

Robbie Burns Dinner for Vancouver & District Labour Council

Toddish McWong gives Address to the Haggis
at VDLC Burns Supper

Friday January 21, 2011
Maritime Labour Centre
Vancouver, BC

The Burns Supper by the Vancouver & District Labour Council is one of my favorite Burns Supper events.  It is also a fundraiser for the Queen Alexandra Elementary School hot lunch program.  I also belong to CUPE 391 Vancouver library workers, and I am a delegate for the VDLC.  This past year has been challenging for Queen Alexandra School, because it was one of the schools named to a short list of schools that could be closed due to budget cuts for Vancouver School Board.

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Paul Sihota, Todd Wong, and Bill Saunders, VDLC President.  Bill is wearing the tam hat and bow-tie in Burns check, that I brought back from the Burns Cottage last year from my trip to Scotland.  Paul and I are looking very dapper in our kilt outfits.  We were finalists in the “Best dressed kilt” contest… that was decided by a final showdown between the two of us.  Paul had great applause, but I pushed it further when I stepped up to the stage edge, and performed a kilt twirl.

This was the third year in a row that I have performed the Address to the Haggis at the VDLC Dinner.  Each year I receive great compliments.  Last year, somebody said they were outside the room, and heard a Scottish voice, but walked back into the banquet hall to see a Chinese face… They were surprised!

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Here is the bottle of Glenlivet single malt scotch that I won as a prize.

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Dinner!  There is a wee bit of haggis on the left side of the plate, but I do prefer the roast beef.

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Jim Sinclair, president of the BC Federation of Labour, gives the toast to Robbie Burns, after giving the Immortal Memory – which recounts the life of Robert Burns.  Sinclair highlighted the reasons why Burns was known as “The Ploughman's Poet”, or “workingman's poet”, emphasizing that Burns was also a public employee, while he was an exiseman (tax collector), which he hated doing, and apparently donated some of the taxes to worthy causes.

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If you look closely, you will see an Asian Highland Dancer… well half-Asian….

see more pictures here on my Flickr account:

VDLC Burns Dinner

VDLC Burns Dinner

Uncommon Mischief at SFU – No Burns ceremony for Scottish and scholastic tradition

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250th Anniversary of the birth of
Scottish poet Robert Burns celebrated January 25th, 2009, at the Burns statue in Vancouver's
Stanley Park.  The ceremony was organized by Todd Wong, creator of Gung
Haggis Fat Choy, and Dr. Leith Davis, director of Centre for Scottish
Studies SFU. 

Dr. Davis created a virtual wreath laying with cities around the world
that also had Burns statues. She had just arrived from a week in
Scotland, and her first destination from the airport was the Burns
statue.  My role was inviting pipers, and Burns Club members to recite
poetry and sing Burns songs.  Three national tv news cameras attended the ceremony.

Also attending were members of the Burns Club of Vancouver,
bagpipers were Allan & Trish McMordie from the J.P. Fell Pipe Band
of North Vancouver. Ron Macleod, author of the article below stands in
front of bagpiper Allan McMordie on the right of the statue. – photo T.Wong collection – photo T.Wong collection

UNCOMMON
MISCHIEF AT SFU

By Ron
MacLeod (by special permission)

It has been the custom for many years at Simon Fraser
University to celebrate the birth of Scotland’s Bard, Robert Burns, in a
unique
way. The chosen way was to bring the Bard to the SFU community of
faculty and
students. A couple of staff members, volunteer students and a guest or
two
would move about the Burnaby campus, stopping here and there along the
way to
enlighten faculty and students about a Scottish love affair with a Poet,
no
less. An SFU student would lead the way with his pipes, and as they
stopped at
suitable sites where people could congregate, a cafeteria or a hallway
niche, for example, a Burns poem or a short address on some
aspect of the Poet’s genius would entertain and enrich. A feature of
each stop
would be a recitation of Burns’ comical poem, Address to the Haggis. A
taste of
haggis would be passed to the unwary and thus entrap them in a life-long
craving for this Scottish soul food. In more recent years this ‘parading
of the
haggis’ was extended to the Vancouver and Surrey campuses.

After so many years that few, if any, can recall the onset
of this unique celebration, in 2011 it came to a sudden stop. Not by choice but
by edict. What was the rational? Cost? It couldn’t be cost since the only real
outlay was the cost of two or three haggis and the time of a couple of staff
members.

On the face of it, the edict runs counter to the founding
spirit as cast in the following words, “Simon
Fraser University reflects, in many respects, the Scottish heritage implicit in
its name. Its symbol is a claymore donated by Lord Lovat, Chief of Clan Fraser.
The name of the University has been proudly carried by the SFU Pipe Band to the
homeland of the Frasers on many occasions, to the extent that almost anyone in
Scotland will know of Simon Fraser University. Finally, of central importance
is the existence at SFU of a strong core of faculty from several disciplines
who engage with Scottish studies in their research. There is an ‘elective
affinity’, then, between this university and Scotland”.

The edict also challenges the vision expressed by the new
President, Andrew Petter, that SFU should be “student centred, research driven
and community engaged.” Community engagement and student enlightenment for long
have been a purpose of the mobile celebration of Burns. Too few students and
faculty are aware of the ‘elective affinity’ noted above.

One can only hope that once settled into his new
responsibilities, President Petter might reflect on this matter and, wisely,
correct what appears to be a decision out of step with the spirit of Simon
Fraser University. However, in taking up his new responsibilities, President
Petter may be in overload status; issues such as terminating the University’s
mobile  Burn celebration could well
pass under his radar.

The issue may be more important than one might normally
assume. A question remains. Is this a first step in eroding the ‘elective
affinity’ of which all Scots are so proud? Who knows? It is important to get an
answer to the question. The best answer will be the rebirth of the celebration
in 2012.

If your internal warning signals are buzzing, send an email to ScottishExpress@businesscentresolutions.com

or Ron MacLeod jrmacleod@telus.net to compile your responses for delivery to President Petter.

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It was in 1993, that SFU student Todd Wong was asked to help carry the haggis for the Burns ceremony.  It was a simple ceremony. There was a student bagpiper, a history student to carry the haggis, which she was glad to do because her grandmother made her own haggis.  I carried the claymore, a scottish broadsword that had seen battle on the Plains of Abraham in Quebec, and also at the Battle of Culloden in Scotland.  First we walked to a private room, where incoming president John Stubbs met with outgoing president Bill Saywell.  Mr. Stubbs remarked that on his plane trip, he had read a story in the media about SFU student Toddish McWong participating in his first Burns ceremony. We walked to the main cafeteria to present the haggis.  I can't remember if anybody recited the Address to the Haggis, it would have been my first time hearing it.  And that was it.  Simple.  Price of the haggis – $5.  Cost or the event: Priceless.

Here is my blog stories about No Haggis at SFU:

It's interactive Robbie Burns Day

Here are some great weblinks for Robbie Burns Day

Check out actor Andrew James Weir originally from Ayeshire
He “plays” Robbie Burns and reads poems
http://www.scotland.org/burns-night/interactive/

The Burns Birthplace Museum wasn't finished being built when I visited the site on Dec 4th, 2009.
but it's finished now, and the website is fantastic!

This is an interactive game that links issues of Burns' time and issue of today, with Burns words and poetry
http://www.burnsmuseum.org.uk/index.php/interactive-collections/burning-issues

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Burns on the web

The links below contain a wealth of information of the life, work and heritage of Robert Burns.

2011 Gung Haggis Fat Choy dinner will be fantastic!

The buzz is building for
Gung Haggis Fat Choy
Robbie Burns
Chinese New Year Dinner

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“Rap to the Haggis” – Video from 2009 Gung Haggis Fat Choy Dinner

January 30th, Sunday
Floata Seafood Restaurant
#400- 180 East Keefer St.
Vancouver Chinatown

For Tickets
Contact Firehall Arts Centre:
phone 604.689.0926

$65 for adults
$55 for students
$45 for children 13 & under
(prices included ticket service charge)

Our co-hosts will be:
Jenna Chow – CBC Radio reporter
Patrick Gallagher – actor
Tetsuro Shigamatsu – writer, comedian

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Highland Wedding Song Joe McDonald Vancouver
1 min1 Oct 2009


Performers will be:
Jocelyn Pettit & Band
Joe McDonald – singer
Jaime None – singer
Brad Cran – Vancouver Poet Laureate
Jeff Chiba Stearns – film maker
Aidan and Quinn Huang – Highland Dancers
Gung Haggis Pipes & Drums

Food will include:
deep-fried haggis won ton
traditional haggis served with Chinese vegetarian lettuce wrap
steamed wild sockeye salmon

Format will include:
Piping Parades through the audience
Address to the Haggis
lots of poetry
Singalongs
lots of food
surprises
cultural fusion twists everywhere


Interesting notes:
CNN is sending a reporter and camera
It's Vancouver's 125th Birthday on April 6 – also Tartan Day
Vancouver's first mayor was Malcolm Alexander Maclean. He was born in Tyree, Argyllshire
on Scotland’s west coast, in 1844. He arrived in Granville
in January of 1886, three months before it became Vancouver.

Here's a video from the 2009 dinner

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Burns Ceremony at Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria

Victoria's Craigdarroch Castle celebrates Robert Burns with a haggis ceremony each year in splendid form

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Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria BC was built by coal baron Robert Dunsmuir, but unfortunately he died before it was completed.  During his lifetime, Dunsmuir became one of the richest men in North America, as well as premier of BC.  His son James also became premier.  While many cite them for using Chinese miners in their coal mines as strike breakers – it was also the Dunsmuirs who argued against higher Chinese head taxes, and the Exclusion Act – if only so they could have cheap labour.

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“His knife see rustic Labour dight, an' cut ye up wi' ready sleight
Trenching your gushing entrails bright”

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Ye Pow'rs, wha make mankind your care,
And dish them out their bill o'fare,
Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware
That jaups in luggies
But, if ye wish her gratefu' prayer
Gie her a haggis!

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All photos by Deb Martin
See more here on my flickr site

Gung Haggis World Poetry Night January 24th at Vancouver Public Library

Gung Haggis World Poetry

returns to Vancouver Library Square

You are invited to the exciting World Poetry evening,
Gung Haggis Fat Choy, at the Vancouver Public Library.

Gung Haggis Fat Choy Poster Click to view/print the poster…

Hosts: Todd Wong, Ariadne Sawyer and Alejandro Mujica-Olea

Special guests:

Steve Duncan- host of Co-Op Radio Wax Poetic

Stephanie Chou

Dr. Ray Hsu – author of Anthropy, Cold Sleep Permanent Afternoon

Cara Kauhane

Joe McDonald – bagpiper

Michael Morris

James Mullen

A special blend of contemporary Scottish-Canadian and Chinese-Canadian poets,
mixed with ancient Scottish and Chinese traditions
of Robbie Burns Day and Chinese New Year.

Expect bagpipes, a Chinese dragon, and verbal fireworks!

For origins of Gung Haggis Fat Choy Robbie Burns Chinese New Year celebrations – click here
http://www.gunghaggis.com/blog/OriginsofGungHaggisFatChoy/_archives/2004/1/16/14225.html

QI show in UK – cites Gung Haggis Fat Choy dinner in Vancouver

Gung Haggis Fat Choy is QI in the UK

QI (Quite Interesting) is a British comedy panel game television quiz show.  It is hosted by Stephen Fry, and features permanent panellist Alan Davies with many other rotating guest panelists

My library co-worker friend Chris Jang just sent me this link that mentions “Gung Haggis Fat Choy in Vancouver”. 

Not sure, when these episodes were taped.  But this time last year, I was still recovering from my Nov 28-Dec 5 trip to Scotland.   I was there to attend the St. Andrew's Day closing night reception for Scotland Homecoming 2009, held at the Scottish Parliament Building.  A picture of me wearing kilt and Chinese Lion mask was featured for the exhibit “This is Who We Are: Scots in Canada” – organized by my friend Harry McGrath.   That evening I met the First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond.  See my article:  Toddish McWong arrives in Scotland for inaugural visit and reception at Scottish Parliament for “This is Who We Are”

I have not yet been interviewed by BBC Radio or television, but I have been a guest on BBC Radio Scotland for different things.  For January 25th Robbie Burns Day 2010, I was woken up by BBC Radio Scotland, as they wanted to know how Robbie Burns Day was celebrated abroad.  My description of Gung Haggis Fat Choy Robbie Burns Chinese New Year Dinner, followed a phone interview from a UK research base in Antarctica.

Anyways…. watch these video clips below, and have a dram of scotch whenever anybody mentions “Gung Haggis Fat Choy” or “Vancouver”…. or if you want to get drunk… “Haggis”

Gung Haggis Fat Choy SEATTLE!!! Feb 21, 2010

Gung Haggis Fat Choy in the USA

Sunday, February 21st 2010    5-9pm
Ocean City Restaurant
609 S. Weller St.
Seattle Chinatown, WA

Ticket Price US$35
Reservations
required


Scottish Troubadour Red McWilliamsBelltown Martial Arts Lion Dance Troop 
Master, David Leong
 

Pipers Don Scobie & Paul Vegers
Drummers Thane Mitchell & Steven Wheel


Kenmore and District Pipeband 
Pipe Major, Jim McGillivray

The Asian Youth Orchestra 
Director, Warren Chang

Scottish Highland Fiddler Susan Burke  with Bill Boyd


Here's the information from the Caledonians Website

Gung Haggis Fat Choy!  Huh?!  In 2007 Bill
McFadden, President of the Caledonian & St. Andrew's
Society, introduced Todd Wong's  trademarked production of “Gung Haggis
Fat Choy” to Seattle.  Billed as “A Celebration of Chinese New Year and
Robert Burns' Dinner”, the laughter-filled evening included haggis, a
delicious Chinese dinner, Pipes & Drums (traditional and fusion
style), sing-alongs (including “When Asian/Scottish Eyes are Smiling”
and “My Haggis/Chow Mein Lies Over the Ocean”), Poems, The Address tae
the Haggis (delivered in rap to an enthusiastic and responsive crowd)
and Auld Lang Syne sung in both Mandarin Chinese and English.  

For February 21st, 2010
BIll has worked out improvements, and Gung Haggis Fat
Choy IV will be the best year!  We will celebrated the
251st Birthday of Robert Burns and Chinese Lunar New Year Year of the
Tiger with an 8 Course Chinese Dinner, Haggis, Raffle/Door Prize, and
musical entertainment featuring: Emcee “Toddish McWong” and
his inimitable “Address tae the Haggis Rap”, “Red” McWilliams, Sifu
David F. Leong's Belltown Martial Arts,  Kenmore & District Pipe
Band, Piper Don Scobie and Asian Youth Orchestra – Warren Chang, Director

     
  Toddish
McWong's
2010 Gung Haggis Fat Choy IV (Seattle style)
Produced by Bill McFadden

The fourth
annual event has been scheduled for
Sunday, February 21st 2010    5-9pm
Ocean City Restaurant
609 S. Weller St.
Seattle, WA

Ticket Price US$35
Reservations
required

For tickets and additional information
please contact
Bill McFadden
(206) 364-6025
bill@gunghaggisfatchoy-seattle.com

Please click here to go to the gunghaggisfatchoy-seattle.com web site.

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Todd
Wong (aka “Toddish McWong”) of Vancouver, B.C., creator of Gung Haggis
Fat Choy.  Recognized in the Scottish Parliament's exhibition:  “This
is Who We Are:  Scots in Canada”.  Photo taken in Edinburgh, October of
2009.

Please click here to view photos in our Gallery from the '07 event in Seattle.

Please click here for a sample of “Toddish McWong's” Haggis Rap!

Please click here for additional information on Todd Wong's annual Gung Haggis Fat Choy held in Vancouver, BC.

 Contact Info for some of our past,
present, and future Featured Entertainers:
 

Todd “Toddish McWong” Wong
 
http://www.gunghaggisfatchoy.com/

Red McWilliams, “America's
Celt”
http://home.flash.net/~celtsong/

Master
David Leong's
Martial Arts & Lion Dance
School
http://www.belltownmartialarts.com

Kenmore & District Pipe Band
http://www.kdpipeband.com

Karen Shelton Highland Dancers
sheltonhighlanddancers.com

  Washington Chinese Youth Orchestra, Director Warren Chang via chinamusic@comcast.net
 
Don Scobiehttp://www.bagpiperdon.com 


Melody Dance Group
Melody
Xie, Director
http://www.melodyinstitute.org 

Northwest Junior
Pipe Band
http://www.nwjpb.org

Ben
Rudd 
Lensey Namiokahttp://www.lensey.com 

Susan Burk http://susanburkeonline.com


Robbie Burns was born in the year of the Tiger.

Robbie Burns Was a Tiger…
what about you?
2010 welcomes the Year of the Tiger
on February 14th.

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Zig Zag: The Paths of Burns exhibit, Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow

In 1759, a wee bairn of a boy named Robert was born in a cottage in the village of Alloway, in Ayrshire Scotlandm, on January 25th in the last days of the Chinese Lunar Year of the Tiger.  Four days later on January 29th, Chinese New Year of the Rabbit occurred.

250 years later, Scotland celebrated the year of 2009 as the Year of
Scotland Homecoming, from the 250th Anniversary of Burns' birth on
January 25th, to November 30th St. Andrew's Day.

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Something special about Robert Burns and his poetry have endeared him to the people of Scotland and around the world.  He is said to be one of the most translated poets into almost every language around the world.  At the Gung Haggis Fat Choy dinner, we sing the first verse of Auld Lang Syne in Mandarin Chinese.

Do you think the Year of the Tiger qualities fit Robert Burns?

Year of the Tiger qualities

The Tiger is said
to be lucky vivid, lively and engaging. Another attribute of the Tiger
is his incredible bravery, evidenced in his willingness to engage in battle
or his undying courage. Maybe he’s so brave because he is so lucky.

Tigers do not find
worth in power or money. They will be completely honest about how they
feel and expect the same of you. On the other hand, they seek approval
from peers and family. Generally, because of their charming personalities
Tigers are well liked. Often, failing at a given task or being unproductive
in his personal or professional life can cause a Tiger to experience a
depression. Criticism from loved ones can also generate this type of Tiger
reaction. Still, like all felines, Tigers always land on their feet, ready
for their next adventure
.

The Year of the Tiger seems to have been significant in the development of Gung Haggis Fat Choy Robbie Burns Chinese New Year Dinner events.

On May 11th, Todd Wong was born in 1960, the Year of the Rat. He is a descendant of Rev. Chan Yu Tan, who arrived in Canada in 1896 as a Methodist Lay Preacher.  Todd is from the fifth generation that his family has lived in Vancouver.

Generations Chan Legacy 127 Toddish McWong in 1993

The first time I wore a kilt was in 1993.  Chinese New Year was January 23rd, the Year of the Chicken.  Robbie Burns Day was January 25th. I was to wear a kilt and carry a claymore (Scottish sword) in the Simon Fraser University Burns Day ceremonies.  Realizing that the two most important days in Chinese and Scottish culture were only 2 days away from each other, I coined the phrase “Gung Haggis Fat Choy” and called myself “Toddish McWong.”  My picture appeared in the Vancouver Sun and Vancouver Province… and even though I wouldn't wear a kilt or participate in a Burns ceremony again for years… friends would still tease me about wearing the kilt and call me “Toddish McWong.”

The next time Chinese New Year came close to January 25th was in 1998.  The Year of the Tiger began on January 28th.  This was the first Gung Haggis Fat Choy Dinner on Sunday January 25th.  It was held in the livingroom of a North Vancouver townhouse. My friend Gloria and I invited 14 of our friends to help create a multicultural mixing of Chinese and Scottish traditions… and everything in-between and beyond.  I had never before been to a Burns Supper before, and had to go to the Vancouver Public Library to look up directions.  I brought in poems from the 1998 anthology “Many Mouthed Birds” Contemporary writing by Chinese Canadians.  Even back then, the emphasis was on mult-culturalism and inter-culturalism, as we invited friends to play a song or read a poem.

Here are some of the words from that first invitation:
 

We are creating a celebration of Canadian culinary portions to celebrate the proximity of Robbie Burns Day (Jan 25) and Chinese New Year (Jan 28).  We ask you to help us share our unique perspective of multiculturalism with all Canadians, so that we all may better understand each other.

This Sunday, on January 25, we are creating a “Robbie Burns Chinese New Year Dinner” for 20 invited friends.  Haggis will be bagpiped in at 6pm sharp and served with traditional “neets and taters.”[sic]  Accompanying the haggis will be an assortment of Chinese sauces such as black bean, sweet and sour & chinese plum sauce to help facilitate the palatability of this “offal” dish.

It is important for Canadians to know that we are more that “Two Solitudes.”  We are “multi-solitudes” and we must be proactive in our association and integration to avoid separation anxiety and solitary depression.  As former lieutenant governor David Lam said, “Multiculturalism is like a pot-luck dinner, everybody brings something – and if you can’t, you offer to wash the dishes.

2009 saw the closest occurrence of both Robbie Burns Day and Chinese New Year, as January 25th fell on Chinese New Year's Eve.  It was also the designated year of Homecoming Scotland, a global celebration to invite all Scots and Scottish descendants home to Scotland to celebrate the 250th Anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns.  Chinese New Year ended with the Year of the Rat and welcomed the Year of the Ox.  The Gung Haggis Fat Choy Dinner was one of several Burns Suppers around the world that received one of 250 specially made bottles of 37 year old Famous Grouse blended whisky.  250 for the anniversary of Burns.  37 for the age of Burns when he died.  These bottles were auctioned off for charity.  We chose to donate 50% of money raised to go to the Burns 250 project, of the Scottish National Trust, for which I discovered that they have a Chinese punch bowl that Robert Burns used at the wedding of his brother Gilbert.

Homecoming Year celebrations went on all through 2009.  In October, I received an invitation to Scottish Parliament for the Closing Reception of the  “This is Who We Are: Scots in Canada” exhibition.  I decided I had to go to Scotland.  On November 28th, I finally arrived at Glasgow Airport for my first trip to Scotland, after spending way too many hours in a plane from Vancouver on January 27th, and a 7 hour stopover in Amsterdam.  Exhibit curator Harry McGrath had told me that my picture was “featured rather prominently” – but he didn't tell me if was life-size!

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My visit was only one week, but I saw many Burns exhibits at the Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgove and the Zig Zag: The Paths of Burns at the Hunterian Museum at the University of Glasgow.  I traveled to Ayr and saw the same Robert Burns Statue that is in Vancouver's Stanley Park.  Further down the road, I visited Burns Cottage where Burns was born in the village of Alloway. Burns National Park contains the soon-to-be demolished “Tam O'Shanter Experience” which is being replaced by the Burns Birthplace Museum. A short walk past the Church is Brig O' Doon – the site of the bridge in Burns' famous poem Tam O'Shanter.

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And now it is 12 years after that first “accidental” Gung Haggis Fat
Choy dinner.  The Year of the Tiger is again coming after Burns
Birthday.  But much later in 2010, on February 14th. For the City of Vancouver, this is also the Year of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games (Feb 12 – 28).  What is next for the Legacy of Robert Burns?  Well in 2010 Summer, the Robert Burns National Birthplace Museum will open… in the Year of the Tiger.

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Burns Birthplace Museum – opening Summer 2010.

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Here's a website for 1645-1899
http://pinyin.info/chinese_new_year/cny1645-1899.html

Year of the Tiger
http://www.usbridalguide.com/special/chinesehoroscopes/Tiger.htm