Monthly Archives: January 2005

SFU Gung Haggis Fat Choy™ Canadian Games successful with Dragon Cart races

The inaugural Gung Haggis Fat Choy Canadian Games begins a new tradition at SFU

The SFU Gung Haggis Fat Choy™ Canadian Games began with me being piped in by piper Graeme
Pitches walking to Convocation Mall from the West (direction of
China),  I read my poem “Gung Haggis Fat Choy,” the piper plays a
Strathspey, and Highland Dancer Lindsay McBlane is featured on the
stage of  Convocation Mall.  Meanwhile Chinese drums are
heard in the background.  TV cameras were present from CITY TV,
Channel M and there were news photographers too!  It was a good
media event.

“What's that I
hear? Someone has awakened the Lion” I say.  And the Lion dancers
come to the centre of Convocation Mall and dance for lettuce, which
signifies good luck, if the Lion accepts your lettuce.  After the
dance concludes, I thank and recognize the performers, then introduce
Dr. Jan Walls who explains the creation of the games and officially
opens the games.

“In their search to
create a unique event which would draw SFU's community together in a
socially physically active way, the staff in Department of Recreation
created the concept of “Gung Haggis Fat Choy Canadian Games”. The games
combine the unique cultural aspects of Robbie Burns Day and Chinese New
Year celebrations in a fun Cnaadian way at SFU.  With our rich
Scottish heritage and large Asian student population, SFU is a natureal
place to recognize the relatively new celebration Gung Haggis Fat
Choy.  This year's marquee event will be our 7 person dragon cart
races.  It is our goal to grow this even to a week long campus
wide festival cross all cultural boundaries at SFU,”  read Dr.
Walls in his best imitation of a Scottish accent.

The games consisted
of 12 teams of 7, competing in head to head elimination races in dragon
carts.  Built by Bob Brinson, they are on a 4'x8' 3/4 plywood base
with two rear wheels and a single steering front wheel, like a
tricycle.  From the race start the teams must use the “brooms”
(aluminum crutches) to propel the dragon cart the distance of about 100
feet.

Dragon Cart rules:
1.  Physical contact with other team will result in disqualification of both teams.
2. All seven team members must be in the Dragon cart at all times.
3.  Participants must use the “brooms” provided for propulsion.
4.  Combined team weight can not exceed 1400 pounds.
5.  Cart must stay on course.

As MC, I started
calling and improvising a play by play of the races.  Initially I
mixed up the teams in the lanes, but was soon corrected.  The
teams all looked like they were having fun.  Dragon boat paddling
technique would make a big difference, as I could see teams paddling
out of time, and even caterpillaring.  After each race, I would
call team members to the stage with me, so I could interview
them.  I asked them questions about their team name, why they
decided to enter the race, what kind of training did they do, and even
what kind of race strategies they were using.

All of the races
were exciting, with the crowd really cheering on all teams.  There
were some really close races, as I announced a photo finish that would
have to be decided by the judge.   The team names were all
very funny: Fat Busters, Gung Haggis FAS Choy, Haggis Warriors, Dragon
Queens,  Bar-bees, I Was There… Several university sports teams
were represented such as the Rowing Team, Woen's Soccer, Men's Soccer,
and Golf team. 

All participants
demonstrated great sportsmanship and played along with my commentating
and interviewing them.  When I interviewed a member of the Women's
Soccer Team, she admitted they were disappointed.  I acknowledged
the team as being the winners of the NAIAA championships, and asked
them what went wrong today, as they are so good at kicking US butt.
“Yes, we kick US butt,” she yelled. She admitted it was a tough break,
but they were determined to come back and do better. “We'll be back,”
she told the crowd.  It was great fun commentating and
interviewing the participants.

SFU Golf team made
the finals against the Gung Haggis FAS Choy (Faculty of Applied
Sciences).  This would be the 4th race of the day for each team,
and they were getting tired.  It was a close race, but at the
mid-point SFU Golf edged into the lead.  FAS didn't give up, but
stayed with them, and Golf Team surged to win.  The winning team
won Rice Paper subscriptions for each team member and 2 tickets to the
Gung Haggis Fat Choy dinner.

The dragon carts
were also officially named from entries. Krista Vogt won the draw for
nominating one of the final names chosen.  She won tickets for two
for the Gung Haggis Fat Choy Dinner.  Her nomination was for John
Buchanan, the first men's soccer coach, 1st Recreation Director, and
the 1st men's Golf Coach.  He is definitely a SFU pioneer. 
The other name chosen was Rev. Chan Yu Tan.  I don't know who
suggested it, but I knew all about him.  Arriving in Canada in
1896, he was one of the first Chinese ordained in Canada, following the
footsteps of his elder brother Rev. Chan Sing Kai who had helped to
found the Chinese Methodist Church in Canada.  He was also my
great great grandfather.


A great success for
all.  Dragon cart builder, Bob Brinson, was happy to see his
creations being appreciated by so many people.  It was very
exciting.  Bob started the boats after much design research and
assembling the materials, then near-tragedy struck his daughter's
family as the North Vancouver landslide struck their house.  Bob's
daughter and husband and 9 month old grandaughter were featured on the
news every night.  It's a miracle they survived.  And it's
very fortunate that Bob was able to finish building the boats despite
this near tragedy.

“Gung Haggis Fat Choy” poem by Todd Wong

This is a poem I wrote last
year while we were doing development for the CBC tv special “Gung
Haggis Fat Choy.”  It wasn't used in the special, but I have read
it at poetry readings, last year's dinner, and I will read it today at
Simon Fraser University for the opening of the SFU Gung Haggis Fat Choy
“Canadian Games.”

 

Gung Haggis Fat Choy

By Todd Wong

What is Gung Haggis Fat Choy?

It is the inter-section of Chinese and Scottish cultures.

In a new land,

In a new voice,

In a new vision.

It is Gung Hay Fat Choy;

the traditional Chinese New Year greeting meaning “Longevity and Fortune.”

It is Robbie Burns Day;

the celebration of the Scottish poet Robbie Burns, and all things Scottish…

including the national dish of haggis:

Oatmeal and sheep organs mixed together and cooked in the stomach of a sheep

Just like some perverse mix of multi-culturalism.

Re-constructed

Re-constituted

Re-gurgitated

Gung Haggis Fat Choy!

The Chinese called this land Gum San (Gold Mountain)

And the Scots gave it the name of Nova Scotia

Westerners became Easterners

The Far East becomes the Far West

Gung Haggis Fat Choy!

It is the play on words.

It is the play on cultures

It is the play of time and place.

It is simply the play of Canadians…

Gung Haggis Fat Choy!

Something Old

Something New

Something Borrowed

Something B-r-e-w-e-d…

Gung Haggis Fat Choy!

It's quirky

It's surprising

It's enlightening

And arising…

Gung Haggis Fat Choy!

It's a vision

It's a belief

What you see is what you get.

And you don't get what you don't see.

Gung Haggis Fat Choy!

See…… and believe…

Believe… and See…

Ó 2003 Todd Wong

Win a pair of tickets to Gung Haggis Fat Choy on CBC Radio's Early Edition


Win a pair of tickets to Gung Haggis Fat Choy on CBC Radio's Early Edition Friday show

Listen on Friday, January 28th, somewhere between 7am and 9am on 690
AM CBC Radio One for co-host Margaret Gallagher to give away tix as
part of “690 to Go
as she gives away tickets to the “city's hottest events.”  This
will be the third year Margaret has given away tickets to CBC
listeners.  We must be hot!  We think Margaret is hot. 
Margaret has both performed and co-hosted for Gung Haggis Fat Choy in
past years.  We always sing “When Chi-rish Eyes Are Smiling” –
only for Margaret.

Margaret will also be interviewing Shelagh Rogers,
co-host for Sunday night's dinner about the event.  The radio host
of “Sounds Like Canada” is really looking forward to the
dinner.  This is going to be fun!  Gung Haggis Fat Choy
Canadian cultural fusion – Sounds like Canada to me!

– More raffle prizes coming….

Just picked up gift certificate from Wild Rice restaurant, specializing in fusion cuisine.

Bear Kilts is offering a $300 kilt – made to order

Vancouver Opera has a pair of tickets for Cosi Fan Tutte

Tickets for a special upcoming show at the Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts

tickets for Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre's next installment of Sex in Vancouver.

tickets for Firehall Arts Centre

tickets for Storyeum

lots of books on Asian Canadians and Asian Canadian culture from Harbour Publishing, and Association of Book Publishers of BC

more to be announced.

Ashok Bhargava – Poetry at the library January 31

Check out my friend Ashok Bhargava at the
Library.  He has been featured at World Poetry and Asian Heritage
Month Readings.  I played accordion for his first book launch at
the library two years ago.  A wonderful man with a gentle heart,
he brings a compassionate insight to everything he touches.

City Poets series

Presentation  Ashok Bhargava
Program highlights  Ashok Bhargava reads from his newest collection, Mirror of Dreams,
about the infinite possibilities of dreams and cultures converging to
surprising consequences. He writes about simple sentiments that
memorialize his experiences as a tourist and recalls the story of a
sixteen year old princess of Ayodhya (India) who sailed to Korea to
marry King Kim Suro, two thousand years ago.
Date  Monday, January 31st 2005
Time  7:30pm
Location 

Central Library
Alice MacKay room – Lower Level
350 W. Georgia St.
Phone: (604) 331-3603

Admission  Free

Valerie Sing Turner performs in William Butler Yeats' “Beggars at the Waters of Immortality”

My friend Valerie Sing Turner is in a play…
 
…and thought you might like
to know about it! It's a really cool piece of theatre
called BEGGARS AT THE WATERS OF IMMORTALITY – three
one-act plays by the celebrated Irish poet/playwright William Butler
Yeats – and in addition to acting, I do movement, sing and play my
flute! The likelihood of you ever seeing Yeats' work staged again in
Vancouver is pretty slim, so I hope you can take in a performance.
Details below…
 
Hope you're well!
 
Cheers, Valerie

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BEGGARS AT THE WATERS OF IMMORTALITY
Three one-act plays by William Butler Yeats.

A
son discovers his father's bitter past, two irreverent beggars search
for a miracle, and the siren call of immortality beckons from an
enchanted spring. Three unconventional stories fusing myth, music and
dance from the celebrated father of Irish poetry and theatre: “At the
Hawk's Well”,”The Cat and the Moon”, and “Purgatory”.

Directed
by Anthony F. Ingram, featuring Donnard MacKenzie, Bill Moysey, Kyle
Rideout, Varya Rubin and Valerie Sing Turner, with stage management by
Lynnette Candy.

January 14-29, 2005
Tuesday – Saturday at 8:00, Saturday matinees at 2:00

Tickets: $24-28, matinees $14; Tuesdays Pay-What-You-Will; Equity price $14 any show

Pacific Theatre, 1420 West 12th Avenue (at Hemlock)
Tickets/info: 604/731-5518

Presented by Dumb Prophet Equity Co-op, an Equity-approved co-op.

Haggis Won Ton taste-testing 2005 for Gung Haggis Fat Choy�dinner


Tonight we did a taste-test for
Gung Haggis Fat Choy™ Haggis Won Ton,
Haggis Spring Rolls, and Haggis Lettuce Wrap.  Too much
haggis?  Never too much haggis!  Everybody was amazed at how
good it tasted.  I invited some of the performers and organizers,
dragon boat team members for this special treat.  I ordered some
of the food that we were planning for the menu and my dragon boat
coaching buddy Bob Brinson joined me, tired from a day of finishing
work on the Dragon boat go-carts that I had just delivered up to Simon
Fraser University.  First up was special chow mein and shrimp
balls with crab claws.  Bob, comedian Tom Chin, and my girlfriend
Deb all pronounced this dish a delicious winner.

Also joining us for the taste testing was Opera Soprano Heather Pawsey and her husband Tim Pawsey,
who just happens to be a food critic for the Vancouver Courier. 
Due to a communication mistake, the first batch of haggis won ton and
haggis spring rolls came up with only haggis filling.  Ugh,
thought my girlfriend and me.  But Tim and Heather ate it up,
remarking “This is really good, especially for somebody who likes
haggis.” 

Next came the haggis and vegetarian lettuce wrap.  Again some
confusion and the haggis came already mixed up with the
vegetables…  For the dinner, the two dishes will be served side
by side, so vegetarians can enjoy the lettuce wrap, and haggis lovers
can try the haggis in its traditional state… and then the
fusionista-foodies can choose to mix haggis into their lettuce
wrap.  But it tasted very good… the haggis from Peter Black
& Sons is mixed with savoury spices and very smooth, like a nice
liver pate.  “A very good haggis,” remarked Tim, the renowned
restaurant and food critic.  “Kind of an refined upper class
haggis,” somebody said, “if you can say such a thing,” as we all
reflected on the humble origins of Scotland's national dish.

“It's a West Vancoooouver haggis,” I cooed in my imitation of a BBC
Scottish Brogue, “from Park Royal South, didn't you know,” 
affecting a rather stodgy air, learned from watching too many episodes
of Upstairs Downstairs.  Next came the imitations of British
accents from Monty Python and Benny Hill, as comedian and co-host for
the dinner Tom Chin joined into the fray.

The re-done dishes of Haggis won ton and haggis spring rolls came back
with the proper mixture of vegetables and water chestnuts.  “This
is crunchy,” exclaimed Heather.  “This is really very good,” said
Tim when they both tried the new won tons.

“What is haggis?” asked Nick Khystov, dragon boat paddler and volunteer
for the dinner.  He and fellow dragon boater Tom Janiewicz had
just arrived as Tim and Heather were leaving for concert rehearsal for
her.  Haggis is the lungs, heart, liver of a sheep mixed with
oatmeal and spices. 

“This one is like a nice liver pate,” I informed him.  Our Russian
and Polish dragon boaters tried it and liked it.  Nick and Tom
really brought a wonderful multicultural mix to our Gung Haggis Fat Choy™ dragon boat team over the past two years.  They willingly try
new cultural food dishes.  Introducing Nick to sangria was a
wonderful experience shared by everybody.  As well, they have also
recruited a number of people to the dragon boat team by telling of
their wonderful multicultural experiences learned through both dragon
boating and team social bonding.  I don' know any other team
willing eating haggis and hosting a Robbie Burns Day dinner.  The
team that eats haggis together stays together…  

Dragonboat Go-Carts arrive at SFU for intramural “Canadian Games”

The first ever Dragon-carts or dragon boat go-carts, arrived at Simon
Fraser University today.  These are proto-types created by Bob
Brinson, a coach with the Gung Haggis Fat Choy dragon boat team, and a
former carpenter with CBC TV.  Bob also recently re-finished the
original teak dragon boats donated to Vancouver during Expo 86.

The Dragon-carts sit on 3 wheels and are built on top of a 4'x8'
plywood base, 3/4 inch thick.  The sides are slightly curved like
a boats hull.  They will seat 6 paddlers + steersperson. 
Presently they look like a wooden bathtub – but once we paint them and
build heads and tails – they will be beautiful!

Our first experience “paddling” them was lots of fun.  Bob and I
used aluminum crutches as “paddles” and got some good speed in the
warehouse.  Up at SFU with 5 or 7 people the go-cart was much
slower as all the weight puts much more pressure on the rubber inflated
tires.  This will not be an easy push in the park for the neophyte
racers, as it took a lot of effort to move the 1200 pounds of people we
were carrying.

SFU intramural hopes that the Dragon-Cart races will become a unique
marquee event for the SFU Gung Haggis Fat Choy “Canadian Games.” 
Each year we can add another “sporting event” and build up the games as
a multicultural event, while encouraging students and faculty to
participate in both fun and physical exercise oriented activities.

photos to follow soon…

Vancouver Chinatown Lions' 45 Year old traditional Robbie Burns Dinner

Here's a Vancouver Courier newstory about another famous Chinatown
tradition
, the Chinatown Lion's Club annual Robbie Burns Dinner. 
It has been going on for many many years, since the late 50's.  I
remember the Bamboo Terrace Restaurant in the early 1960's.  We
ate there a lot, as well as at the Marco Polo or Ho Ho
Restaurant.  Auntie Winnie worked reception then, and she always
used to give us a package of gum.  I have fond memories of the old
Chinatown, when all of Vancouver used to come down at night time, and
cruise the streets, for for late night snacks, or to the Marco Polo
Nightclub.

I have never attended the Chinatown Lion's Robbie Burns Day, but those
who have tell me it is much more traditional then the dinner I organize
known as Gung Haggis Fat Choy or Toddish McWong's Robbie Burns Chinese
New Year Dinner.  The Chinatown Lion's dinner more closely follows
the book on the “how-to's” of staging a Burns Dinner.  The Toddish
McWong dinner bends the rules, alters them, transforms them… always
giving the audience a surprise.  I mean… who would ever expect
to sing a chorus of “When Asian Eyes Are Smiling,” or “My Chow Mein
Lies Over the Ocean?”

Hats off to the keepers of the Chinatown Lions Club and their 45 year
traditional Robbie Burns Dinner.  I may just take it in this
year.  If you can't attend Gung Haggis Fat Choy on Sunday, try the
Lions
Club dinner on the Friday.  It's a fundraiser for tsunami relief,
while GHFC is a fundraiser for Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop and the
Gung Haggis Fat Choy dragon boat team.  About 200 people are
expected and you
still get a 10 course Chinese bangquet + haggis served with sweet and
sour sauce + a pipe band and special guest Vancouver Mayor Larry
Campbell.
Gung Haggis Fat Choy offers up 500+ guests an 12 courses in total
including traditional haggis, haggis won ton, and haggis spring rolls,
+ two bagpipers, (one Scots-Canadian, one Chinese) + two opera singers
(one Scots-Canadian, one Indo-Canadia),  co-host Shelagh
Rogers and Mayor Larry Campbell.

Both dinners are unique in their own ways, and while older one is a
traditional legend, the newer one is becoming a legendary tradition.

Chinatown hosting haggis of a night

By Naoibh O'Connor-Staff writer

Haggis with plum sauce may
seem like an improbable combination, but it's one of the dishes on the
menu when the Vancouver Chinatown Lions Club hosts its 45th annual
Robbie Burns night dinner.

The Friday night
event-which will also raise money for victims of December's tsunami in
southeast Asia-is being held a few days after the official Jan. 25
celebration for convenience sake. It's one of many events organized
across the city honouring the famed poet.

Burns, born in 1759 to a
peasant farmer, was known for his touching poems and songs that are
recognized around the world. He died in 1796, after which friends
initiated an annual dinner in his honour on his birthday.

Although membership of the
Chinatown Lions Club is 90 per cent Chinese, members from Chinese
backgrounds did not always dominate, said past president Chuck Lew.

Charter members of the
group, formed in 1953, included a wide range of ethnicities and
cultures found in Chinatown at the time including Scottish, Chinese,
Irish, Jewish, Italian, Japanese and aboriginal people.

Back in the 1950s, Kenny
Campbell, a Scot from the Outer Hebrides, pitched the idea of holding a
Burns dinner. But George Wong, another original member, and owner of
the Bamboo Terrace where the club met, thought haggis-a dish in which
the heart, liver and lungs of a sheep are mixed with oats and herbs and
stuffed into the stomach of a sheep or cow before cooking-could use
improvement. A wee bit of plum or sweet and sour sauce seemed like the
right touch.

“We still serve it with different types of sauces,” said Lew. “Have you ever had haggis? It's quite dry.”

It's not the only liberty
the group takes with the meal. Rather than cooking up a traditional
Scottish feast, diners enjoy a 10-course Chinese spread. Other customs
are followed, however.

“We'll do [Scottish]
singing, we'll do dancing, Mayor [Larry] Campbell will be there and
we'll do the address 'To a Haggis,'” Lew said, referring to the Burns
poem. “It'll be traditional in every aspect, except for the Chinese
aspect of it.”

The Sir John A. MacDonald Pipe Band will perform and the event will end with “Auld Lang Syne.”

Lew, a graduate of King
Edward high school, is well versed in all things Scottish. “I had a lot
of Scottish friends there,” said the 74-year-old. “They taught me a lot
of songs. They called me McLew back in the '40s.”

The Chinatown Lions Club's
goal is to raise $15,000 for tsunami relief. The event is at the Floata
Seafood Restaurant, 180 Keefer St., Jan. 28. Contact Lew at
604-688-3601 to buy tickets.

posted on 01/26/2005

Here are some recent and archival Vancouver Courier stories about Gung Haggis Fat Choy and “Toddish McWong”:

January 5, 2005 Welcome to the Vancouver Courier – On Line – Entertainment
“Toddish McWong” (R) and cohorts Heather Pawsey and Adrienne
Wong (L) vamp it up at last year's Gung Haggis Fat Choy. Photo-Tim Pawsey.

Welcome to the Vancouver Courier – On Line – Entertainment
Organizer Toddish McWong (aka Todd Wong) led in his first haggis whilst a tour guide at Simon Fraser University some 10 years ago and never looked back.

Welcome to the Vancouver Courier – On Line – News
Todd Wong, who sometimes goes under the alias Toddish McWong, has been hosting
a Robbie Burns Chinese New Year Dinner for four years.


Shelagh Rogers loves Gung Haggis Fat Choy� looking forward to the BIG EVENT!



Shelagh Rogers loves
Gung Haggis Fat Choy™ – special dinner auction item!

My telephone chat with Shelagh Rogers this morning was about how we will co-host the Gung Haggis Fat Choy™ dinner.  “Todd, I just think what you are
doing is so wonderful,” Shelagh tells me.  “When we had you on the
show at the Roundhouse in 2003, I had no idea…”  It is such a
joy having Shelagh Rogers come to be a co-host with me so that this
esteemed host for CBC Radio's “Sounds Like Canada,” can now experience
what she missed out on back in 2003, when she first listened with such
interest about how I was bringing together Robbie Burns Day and Chinese
New Year through music, food and poetry.

Shelagh loves that our co-hosting and the show itself will be very
spontaneous. “The beauty of live performance,” she called it.
Performers will interact with other performers that they have never…
up to this point… met before.  Definitely a once in a lifetime –
never to be reproduced experience.  Along with Tom Chin, we will
rotate our co-hosts to introduce various topics such as Chinese New
Year, Scottish Hogmanay, Robbie Burns and cultural fusion.  We
will then maybe read a poem, or introduce the next performers.  We
will at times interact with the audience to create a wonderful intimate
dinner for 500.  “I want that line,” exclaims Shelagh enthusiastically.

It was back in September 2003, that Haggis Wun Tun came into
being.  I was invited by senior producer Anne Penman at “Sounds
Like Canada” to be one of 4 people asked to present Shelagh with
“Welcome to Vancouver” gifts to celebrate the show's move from
Toronto.  The other guests were James Delgado of the Vancouver
Maritime Museum, Chief Wendy Grant of the Musqueam Band, and Manpreet
Grewal, Indo-Canadian writer.  I was chosen as a member of many
communities, because of my work with Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop,
Dragon boat races, etc etc. 

My gift to Shelagh recognized the history of Chinese Canadians in BC,
as I paid respect to my ancestral lineage of Rev. Chan Yu Tan who
arrived in Canada in 1896.  A ceramic statue of “Gwang Goong, the
Chinese patron saint of Sojourners, surrounded by Lo Bok Goh  –
turnip cake that my Great Grandmother Kate Lee would make for me, Apple
Tarts from Chinatown like those my father would always bring home from
Chinatown when I was a child, and the first creations of Haggis Wun
Tun, to represent the 5th,6th and 7th generations of our famility that
are born of dual and multiple heritages in this country.

“Your haggis wun-tun and plum sauce go together like Bogart and Bacall,
what a wonderful marriage of cultures,” said Shelagh.  She was
thrilled with the invention of Haggis Wun Tun.  She even took the
rest home with her.

Still thrilled with the ideas of Gung Haggis Fat Choy™,
At what price do we now start the bidding?

Check out these stories about me & Shelagh or Christmas Eve Morning on Sounds Like Canada.

Win tickets for Gung Haggis Fat Choy, by naming the dragonboat go-cart for SFU's Gung Haggis Fat Choy “Canadian Games”

Win Tickets to
attend Gung Haggis Fat Choy: Toddish McWong's Robbie Burns Dinner –
January 30th, 2005, at Floata Restaurant in Vancouver's Chinatown
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We need help naming our Dragoncarts for the First Annual Gung Haggis Fat Choy Canadian Games.  Read more to find out details on this exciting contest or check out the whole event.

Gung Haggis Fat Choy

Canadian Games

Friday January 28, 2005

NOON Convocation Mall

 


EXCITING “Name the Dragoncarts” CONTEST
 
An
additional perk to being participants in the First Annual Gung Haggis
Fat Choy Canadian Games is the chance to name the Dragoncarts.

 
SFU
Recreation has had two Dragoncarts built for the inaugural Gung Haggis
Fat Choy Canadian Games. These two dragon carts will be used for years
to come as part of the annual Gung Haggis festivities here at SFU.


Goal:
To have one cart named after a prominent Scottish-Canadian pioneer in
BC, and the other named after a prominent Chinese-Canadian pioneer. A
name for each must be submitted!  Submissions must be received at
ghfc-teams@sfu.ca by midnight on Thursday, January 27th, 2005.

Award: One pair of tickets to the Gung Haggis Fat Choy dinner at the Floata Restaurant in Vancouver,
valued at $120.00 to the best pair of names. Prizes will be awarded
during the Gung Haggis Fat Choy Canadian Games in Convocation Mall on
Friday January 28th, 2005.



Here are some suggested names for you to nominate or vote for:


Possible suggestions:

Sir James Douglas, known as the "father of British Columbia" as governor, he was reluctant to give up
power and hold elections as ordered.

Amelia Douglas, the mixed-blood wife of Sir James, who most certainly tempered his treatment to First Nations
people, and had to put up with his airs and haughtiness. "Definitely the more interesting one," according to
Joan Siedl, history curator for Vancouver Museum.

Alexander Mackenzie, explorer of Mackenzie River.

Simon Fraser, explorer of the Fraser River - a university even got named after this guy, and
he was born in Vemont - a yankee!

Alexander Won Cumyow, first Chinese born in BC (1861), first Chinese Canadian court interpreter, liason
between First Nations and White communities.

Chan Sing Kai (1854-1952) and his younger brother Rev. Chan Yu Tan (1863-1948), first Chinese ministers ordained in
Canada. Helped to found the Chinese Methodist Church in Vancouver. Helped to teach english to Chinese.
Also Todd Wong's great great granduncle, and great great grandfather.

Yip Sang, one of the first and most successful and influential merchants in Chinatown. Chinese agent for the
Canadian Pacific Railway.

Hok Tak Louie, one of Chinatown's successful merchants, patriarch of the Louie Clan that developed
H.Y. Louie, which bought IGA franchises in BC, and later London Drugs under son Tong's presidency.
Grandson Brandt is currently Chair of SFU's Board of Govenors and nominated to be the next SFU Chancellor.