More comments about GENERATIONS: The Chan Legacy
Generations is a 6 part series and the lead installment is The Chan Legacy –
which is about my great-great-grandfather Rev. Chan Yu Tan, and our
family descendants who are committed to community service – like me!
The episodes of the series are:
|Generations: The Chan Legacy
– Missionaries from China come to the West Coast help Westernize Chinese immigrant workers in the late 1800's.
I remember you telling me, quite a few years ago, that you started
researching and writing your family history. To see it on TV so very
well documented and told was a real pleasure – and of course, seeing
you so prominently represented in its telling was as well. I had heard
you on CBC radio earlier on and would have watched it even without your
– Heidi Andre – gerontologist
Very fine! That Generations item on CBC-TV is
another indication that the history of the Chinese in is rich and
interesting and human. And, besides, we got to see Todd Wong in a kilt!
It inspired me to think, and I'm being serious here, that my history web site www.vancouverhistory.ca should be
offered in Chinese. We just need to find someone to share that
– Chuck Davis – Vancouver historian
Being the son of head tax payers and a founding member of the Head Tax Families Society of ,
I watched your documentary with a great deal of interest and a touch
of sadness; I am happy that you told the story of the Chinese pioneers
in Canada with such clarity, but saddened by the memory of the racism
all Chinese had to endure.
entered WWII, my three oldest brothers signed up with the Canadian
infantry to fight in the war. Ironically, while my brothers were
fighting for Canada, I was excluded from entering Canada by the Chinese
redress for head tax and Chinese Exclusion Act is incomplete. Thank
Harvey Lee – Head Tax advocate
What a great job Halya!! Kudos to you!
Todd you are the MAN!
– Gary Lee – featured interview in The Chan Legacy, Rev. Chan's great-grandson
The documentary was wonderful!
Having known Todd Wong for all these years as well as his wonderful mother
and adorable grandmother, this documentary was a real revelation. It
excellently documents the history of Todd's family and we can now see
where his energy, his passionate spirit, dedication and drive come from
- Rev.Chan has certainly done a superb job of passing on his generous spirit
and resiliency to so many of his descendants and Canada & Canadians are
richer for it!
- Yukiko Tosa, librarian
I wanted you to know that we really enjoyed it and discussed
different cultural communities and the war. The documentary also
reminded us that the First Nations did not get the vote until 1960.
Your Canadian history has revised Canadian history for me.
Alex Youngberg - President, CUPE 391
rich heritage, and what energy and creativity you have, which you share!Prayers and best wishes on all your endeavors!
I watched Generations last night. It was excellent, very well done,
and you looked and sounded great. Your extended family must be pleased and
honoured to be the subject of it.
- Susan Bridgman, Librarian
The first Generations documentary on your family was really great and
you were the thoughtful and sympathetic star of the show along with
GungHaggisFatChoy. The segment with Joy and the Save Kogawa House Campaign
was also good. Best Wishes.
- Anton Wagner, filmaker, Save Kogawa House Committee