Generations: The Chan Legacy on CBC Newsworld.
July 29th – 4pm and midnight
Chan Legacy is the lead episode in the new documentary series
Generations on CBC Newsworld. It debuted on July 4th – my grandmother's 97th birthday.
How fitting! Because the show is about her grand-father Rev. Chan Yu Tan who came to Canada in 1896 as a Christian missionary.
has been very positive. Family members are very proud. Friends are
very supportive. Historians are enthusiastic. Strangers are thrilled.
Listen to Auntie Helen and Uncle Victor tell stories about Rev. and Mrs. Chan, and about growing up in pre-WW2 BC, and facing racial discrimination. Uncle Victor Wong also tells about enlisting as a Canadian soldier to go behind enemy lines in the Pacific for suicide squadrons, fighting for Canada, even though Chinese-Canadians could not vote in the country of their birth.
The next generations assimiliated more easily into Canadian culture. Gary Lee became an actor and singer. Janice Wong became a visual artist and author of the book CHOW: From China to Canada – memories of food and family, which addressed the history of Rev. Chan coming to Canada, and how Janice's dad started a Chinese restaurant in Prince Albert SK.
Then there is Todd Wong – cultural and community activist who founded Gung Haggis Fat Choy: Toddish McWong's Robbie Burns Chinese New Year Dinner – which inspired a CBC Vancouver television performance special. Todd is shown active in the dragon boat community, and speaking at a Terry Fox Run in the role of a 16 year cancer survivor. Renowned Japanese-Canadian author Joy Kogawa makes an appearance, as Todd was also involved in helping to save Kogawa's childhood home from demolition and to turn it into a national historic and literary landmark.
July 29th Sunday – repeats at midnight
|4:00 p.m.||Generations: The Chan Legacy
– Missionaries from China come to the West Coast help Westernize Chinese immigrant workers in the late 1800's.