Head tax payer Charlie Quan's Thanksgiving Feast to celebrate ex-gratia payment
The following article is by Susanna Ng from her blog www.chineseinvancouver.blogspot.com
1: Quan and his four generations and the roasted pig; caption 2: Quan burnt
incense with daughter-in-law and grandson. Terry Quan stands in back row on left – He is Charlie's favourite grandson and accompanied Charlie to 1) Nov 26, 2005 Paul Martin meeting, June 22 Apology )
Charlie Quan invited dozens of friends and
community members to enjoy a roasted pig feast and to thank “Kwan
Kung” (a Chinese folklore deity) for blessing on redressing the head
The 99-year-old Quan will turn 100 in February. On Sunday, four generations of
the Quan's gathered at the Quon
Lung Sai Tong (ïðð¯À¾Æ²) and celebrated with
friends and community members,
including head tax advocates.
The feast included a special roasted pig (a must-have in
Chinese thanksgiving rituals), chickens and chau
mien. Quan said spending was nothing compared to celebrating with everybody.
Quan's 44-year-old grandson said Quan buses to Chinatown
almost everyday from his home on Commercial
Drive . He visits friends and plays mahjong with
them. At 99, Quan is still strong and healthy.