Media Alert for January 25th: CBC Radio “On The Coast”, Ming Pao and 24 Hours
Happy Robbie Burns Day…
4pm CBC Radio 690AM interview with Priya Ramu, host of “On The Coast”
Ming Pao will have an interview
with me today by reporter Eric Chan. I met up with Eric yesterday
at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park in Chinatown. Eric asked some good
questions about how I felt Chinese and Caucasian relationships were
“Much better than 100 years ago,” I informed him.
“In 1907, the Anti-Asiatic league rioted in Chinatown smashing windows
and breaking property. There used to be lots of animosity between
Chinese and Scots, especially after the murder of Janet Smith, a
Scottish nanny, when the Chinese house boy Wong Foon Sing was
wrongfully accused but later aquitted.
“Today, Chinese and Scots have gotten over their differences, getting married and having Scottish-Chinese-Canadian babies.
“Is this kind of gimicky?” Chan challenged me.
I laughed, “Gung Haggis Fat Choy is not gimicky. It is naturally
occuring, and I am finding it all over the place. Silk Road Music
creates world fusion music… not gimicky. Orchid Ensemble works
with Flamenco Mozaico… very incredible! A book launch for “All
Mixed Up” literary creations by writers who are sometimes half-Asian,
and half-Celtic. This is occuring naturally. Vancouver is
Canada's leading city for inter-racial marriages.”
Today, January 25th is Robbie Burns Day.
going to be another busy day. The SFU Gung Haggis Fat Choy
Festival begins at 10:30am with Human Curling, 11:30 with Dragon Cart
Racing, 12:30 Opening Ceremonies, 1:15 Haggis Eating, 1:30 More Dragon
Cart racing and awards at 2:30pm.
Somewhere between calling play
by play for the Dragon Cart races and emceeing for the Official
ceremonies, I will be interviewed by Bob Mackin of 24 Hours, and film a
pod cast interview with “Guts McTavish” the Scottish puppet with big white eyebrows.
At 4:00pm, I will be down at the CBC Radio studios for a live radio interview with “On The Coast” host Priya Ramu
who will be co-hosting Gung Haggis Fat Choy on January 28th with
me. A special kilt was made for Priya, and we will check out this
“kilt fitting.” Margaret Gallagher will also appear on the
show. She is a special literary performer for GHFC, as she will
be reading a poem she wrote for the chap book “All Mixed Up” – literary
contributions by Hapa (Half-Asian) writers,
Then for 6pm… I
will be attending the Burns Supper for the Burns Club of Vancouver, at
the Terminal City Club. I am to give the “Address to a Haggis.”