Monthly Archives: January 2008

2008 poster for Gung Haggis Fat Choy Robbie Burns Chinese New Year Dinner

Designed by Leanne Riding, a graphic artist, she also paddles on the Gung Haggis Fat Choy dragon boat team.  Leanne is also Eurasian, a living example of our Gung Haggis concept of interculturalism.  She is descended from Japanese Canadian WW2 internment survivors.
Leanne's portfolio website is

Download this poster to print at work… or send it to your friends!!!
11 x 17 posters available on request.

We are really happy that Leanne has designed our 2008 event poster.  It features bagpiper Joseph McDonald wearing the Lion Head mask, that has become a Gung Haggis Fat Choy icon when combined with a kilt. A very small picture of  Todd Wong can also be seen at the top left corner wearing the Lion head mask and playing accordion.

Celtic band Blackthorn is listed on the poster, along with Vancouver Poet Laureate George McWhirter, and the CBC documentary Generations: The Chan Legacy – which featured past tv clips about Gung Haggis Fat Choy.  There will be many Chinese-Canadian artists and performers that will be introduced as “surprises” + many other community performers and personalities.

Todd Wong featured interview on Co-Op Radio's Accordion Noir

Co-Op Radio Show Accordion Noir has invited me to perform and be interviewed for their show Friday, January 11th, 9:30-10:30pm. 

It will feature me talking about how my accordion became featured in the Globe & Mail article – Library Workers Picket with Pizzazz, the Georgia Straight, + TV and radio media during Vancouver's civic strike from July to October 2007.

Accordion Noir hosts Bruce Triggs and Rowan Lipkovits have been excited to finally get me on their show, which runs weekly 9:30-10:30 pm PST every Friday night on CFRO CO-OP Radio, 102.7 FM (and through their live audio stream), Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Interestingly, I met them both at Library Square, outside the Central Branch Library.  I first bumped into Rowan at the 2006 Word on the Street Festival when I saw him carrying an accordion.  Bruce stopped to listen to me play accordion during the Vancouver civic strike.  They continually invited me to join their Squeezebox Circle on the first Thursday of each month – but that interfered with Kilts Night for me.

I have also been invited to play some of my accordion repertoire that may include: Bach's Toccata in D Minor, Brahm's Hungarian Dance #5, as well as Scott Joplin's The Entertainer, and O Solo Mio – all of which I performed during my strike duty at Library Square.  Sometimes on the strike line… I would go through my celtic or Italian music books, my classical songs or sometimes pretend I was the organ player at a hockey game!  Dum da dum dum da, Dum da dum da! 

I will always remember the surreal scenario when all the media came down to Library Square the night CUPE 391 Vancouver Library workers voted and rejected the mediator's recommendations.  We were all waiting around for the 7pm announcement, and I played the Battle Hymn of the Republic/Solidarity Forever for the television cameras.  CUPE 391 Bargaining Chair Ed Dickson asked me to play some rousing music, and requested Scotland the Brave. Check out my story:
CUPE 391, Vancouver library workers vote 78.1% to reject mediator Brian Foley's recommendations

But more often in Vancouver, I am seen with my accordion at my Gung Haggis Fat Choy Robbie Burns Chinese New Year Dinner, leading singalongs to Loch Lomand or When Asian Eyes Are Smiling.  Accordions are great for singalongs… I always bring it along with me to Christmas parties.  And I always bring my accordion to the Vancouver Public Library event, Gung Haggis Fat Choy World Poetry Night – where I co-host with Ariadne Sawyer and Alejandro Mujica-Olea.

Finally last month, I got to attend a squeezebox circle held on a Tuesday… and they got to hear some of my classical repertoire.  I could see them nodding their heads with interest while I was attempting Khachaturian's Sabre Dance… but they loved it when I broke into the tango La Cumparsita.

They will probably ask me things like how I got started playing accordion…  Maybe I should bring along some of my first place certificates from the Kiwanis Music Festival, and the Northwest Accordion Teacher's Festival in Seattle…

Maybe I will play some Beatles… or Led Zeppellin's Stairway to Heaven… or Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody… or not!

Accordions rule!

Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre Needs Your Support

Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre is hosting a GALA on Saturday. January 26. 
That's Gung Haggis Fat Choy eve!!!

I LOVE VACT… and have supported and attended many of their events over the years including Asian Comedy Night, Sex in Vancouver,  Exit the Dragon, Cowboy Versus Samaurai, and Bondage.

The line-up is incredible with actress Olivia Cheng as co-host with funnyman Tom Chin – who co-hosted Gung Haggis Fat Choy in 2005.  Then there is Jeffery Yu + Aaron Elvis Wong + sketch comedy troupes Lick the Wax Tadpole, 5-Spice, SFUU MAN CHU and The Yangtzers.

Check out the VACT press release:

For Immediate Release

Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre
Needs Your Support
*FUNdraising GALA on Saturday, January 26, 2008

VANCOUVER, BC (January 7, 2008) – Buying tickets and telling your friends about the upcoming Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre FUNdraising Gala is a great way to support this incredible organization.  VACT has entertained this city's Asian Canadian community for over 9 years now with last summer’s hit of Cowboy Versus Samurai, its annual comedy nights to the unforgettable Sex in Vancouver Serial.  All funds raised will continue to help VACT produce its 2008 line-up of shows.

This year's entertaining FUNdraising Gala coming to the NORMAN ROTHSTEIN THEATRE on Saturday, January 26th, 2008 will feature:

* Standup Jeffery Yu, voted 2003's funniest comic with a day job
* Singer Aaron Elvis Wong, 2007 Elvis Tribute Artist winner at the Penticton Festival
* 4 sketch comedy groups from last year's Etch-YOUR-Sketch     SKETCHOFF!#$%!! –
    The Yangtzers, 5-Spice (formerly Slant Eyed Peas), SFUU MAN CHU, and
    Lick the Wax Tadpole.

Support Asian Canadian theatre! Come kick off the 2008 season! Door Prizes! Silent Auction! Desserts! Wine! Laughs! And more!

Hosted by the talented and beautiful Olivia Cheng, recently seen as controversial New York Times best selling author Iris Chang in the film Iris Chang:The Rape of Nanking and the very funny Tom Chin, MC for VACT’s annual Asian Comedy Night for the last 8 years.

For more information please visit

Event Details
VACT’s FUNdraising GALA
Norman Rothstein Theatre
950 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver

Performance Date and Showtime
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Show @ 7:30pm
Gala Reception to follow

Ticket prices In Advance  (include service charges)
$40 VIP Ticket:
     Reserved Section for VIP Seating
     VIP reception after the show
     Drink ticket
     Special door prizes draw ticket
$25 Regular Ticket – Show only

TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED in person at the Norman Rothstein Theatre, by phone (604) 257 -5111, or online at

Ticket prices At Door  (cash only at door)
$45 – VIP Ticket
$30 – Regular Ticket
$20 – Reception Ticket

Please call for group rates 778.885.1973

For media access please contact Joyce Lam at the e-mail address or phone number listed below, no later than January 21, 2008.

VACT (Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre) aims to produce quality plays in which Asian-Canadians take on culturally or artistically significant roles. VACT works to dispel Asian stereotypes by producing leading and/or supporting roles where Asian-Canadians are depicted realistically in the performing arts.


For photos, interviews with cast and crew, and media passes, please contact:
Joyce Lam, Producer, Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre
T:  778-885-1973    E:     W:

Gung Haggis Fat Choy 2008 announces new surprises!

Meet bagpiper Joseph MacDonald, who has performed at the past 7 years of Gung Haggis Fat Choy dinners – photo Jaime Griffiths.

It's the 10th anniversary of Gung Haggis Fat Choy: Toddish MacWong's Robbie Burns Chinese New Year Dinner.

Expect lots of new surprises + some of the best moments from past Gung Haggis Fat Choy dinners.

At the first dinner in 1998, 16 people dined on tables and chairs set up in a North Vancouver townhouse living room.  I cooked most of the dinner courses, and some people brought some food dishes as well.  We truly had no idea what we were doing.
In between each dinner course, somebody would read a poem or play some music.  There was no set program, except some photo-copied pages from a library book on how to organize a Burns dinner.  We made the rest up as we went along, or when the bagpiper arrived.  And it was BEAUTIFUL.

Will the same concept work for 400 people at the Floata Restaurant on Sunday, January 27th? Probably not… but we'll try…

For one thing… the food is much more organized.  The special “haggis dim-sum buffet” will greet our early arrivals soon after the 5:30 reception time… in time for the show time of 6:00pm.  Deep-fried haggis won-ton is our signature food dish.  We love it!  We will serve it with some of our favorite dim sum dishes for appetizers.

Floata Restaurant is one of Vancouver's best Chinese restaurants and is “the place” for banquet dinners.  It offers us a great stage and audio visual equipment. 

There will be video.  Gung Haggis Fat Choy was featured this summer in the CBC documentary Generations: The Chan Legacy.  Produced and directed by award winning Halya Kuchmij, the documentary celebrated the life of Rev. Chan Yu Tan – one of Canada's first Chinese-Canadian Christian missionaries, and his 6 generations of descendants including his great-great-grandson, Todd Wong aka Toddish McWong.  We will play some of the scenes from The Chan Legacy that feature Gung Haggis Fat Choy events.

There will be poetry.  George McWhirter is Vancouver's inaugural Poet Laureate.  But is he Irish or Scottish or Canadian?  Does it matter?  George loves the Gung Haggis concept and especially loves Todd's red waistcoat with golden Chinese dragons on it.  He wants one.

There will be music.  Traditional celtic band Blackthorn will make their Gung Haggis debut.  This is the band that opened the Kidsbook's Harry Potter book launch at Van Dusen Gardens back in July. Over the past few years, I have gotten to know some of the bands' members.  This is a great chance to bring us together on a stage together and have some great fun.  Just wait until you hear their renditions of Loch Lomand and Auld Lang Syne and other traditional Scottish songs!

That sounds great… a Scottish band, a Scottish-Irish-Canadian poet, and haggis won ton… anything Chinese?

That's where the surprises come in.  We are culling some of the best memorable moments of past Gung Haggis Fat Choy dinners, adding some new ideas and new performers, then inviting the performers to be our guests… and PRESTO! they will spontaneously make their performance contributions to the dinner event.  Sounds great eh?  Easy… almost?

We do regret that performer Rick Scott and his buddy Harry Wong from Hong Kong will not be at the 2008 dinner.  That was a very memorable event in 2005 when they performed songs from their 5 Elements cd and CBC radio's Shelagh Rogers co-hosted the event.  We nabbed them on their way to a performance at the Toronto Music Conservatory. 

Then there was the time a Chinese bagpiper named Zhong Xi aka “Jonesy” came and performed not only bagpipes, but also a reed flute – making wonderful bird noises.

Back in 2003, keyboardist Pat Coventon and guitarist pd wohl led a spirited rendition of the Proclaimers' song “500 Miles”

Who can forget when opera soprano Heather Pawsey sang the traditional Chinese song Mo Li Hua (Jasmine Flower) with Silk Road Music duo of Qiu Xia He and Andre Thibault in 2004?

Oh – and remember when accapella female ensemble The Shirleys came and performed their very cool arrangement of Mo Li Hua?

and last year… jazz singer Leore Cashe swung the tin pan alley classic “Chinatown My Chinatown” with Harry Aoki on stand up bass, and Todd Wong on accordion.

And how about when Joy Kogawa came and read a new story to an enraptured audience that included a character names “Toddish MacWong”?

Memorable moments all… but sorry we won't be re-presenting them.  There will be other surprises. As I say in my poem “What is Gung Haggis Fat Choy” – something old, something new, something borrowed, something b-r-e-w-e-d!

And then there are the guests… we always bring guests up on stage to read a few verses of Burns poetry.  Remember when Vancouver Mayor Larry Campbell, MLA's Jenny Kwan and Joy MacPhail read “A Man's A Man For A' That” – Jenny was wearing Joy's plaid, Joy wear Jenny's cheongsam, and Larry wore both a Chinese jacket and his kilt!

So watch out for the special surprises in 2008.  They are going to knock your kilted argyle socks off!

January 27th
Doors open 5:30 pm
Dinner start 6:00 pm
Floata Restaurant
#400 – 180 Keefer St.
Vancouver Chinatown


Adult: $64.50

Student: $54.00

Children (13 and under): $43.50

Call Gung Haggis Fat Choy Productions at 604-987-7124 by January 20 to reserve a table for 10.


ORDER BY PHONE: 604.231.7535

Additional $2.50 per ticket for phone orders

ORDER your tickets SOON – to get the best seats…
Limited amount of tickets at door – if available – so please order in advance!

BEST BET – reserve a table of 10 and bring your friends!

More Chinese Canadians that Inspired me in 2007: part 2

2007 was good year for Chinese Canadians in Vancouver.  Here is part 2 of my list of Chinese-Canadians that inspired me in 2007.

Jen Sookfong Lee
author of End of East.  It's an interesting read when the main
character Sammy Chan explores her Chinese head tax paying descendant
roots.  Jen got some great reviews nationally for her first book.  In May members of the Gung Haggis Fat Choy dragon boat team met Jen Sookfong Lee featured at CBC Radio Studio One Book Club.  Jen also appeared at the Vancouver International Writers and Readers Festival in the fall.  I didn't get to see her there, but I heard her delightful conversation with Shelagh Rogers on CBC Radio's “Sounds Like Canada.”

Margaret Gallagher – CBC radio and television host that is appearing everywhere on CBC!  Margaret hosts 690 to Go on
CBC Early Edition, co-hosting Flavour of the Week, and this week is
sitting in for Belle Puri on CBC radio.  She has also hosted stories on
Living Vancouver,
on CBC TV Vancouver.  Margaret has co-hosted and performed at past Gung
Haggis Fat Choy dinners and been featured in the St. Patrick's Day
Parade on our dragon boat float.  We started 2007 by attending the Centre A book launch of the hapa anthology “All Mixed Up” where Margaret did a reading.  Margaret also MCed the Canadian Club Vancouver's annual Order of Canada/Flag Day luncheon, which I help organize. She does a great job and we have asked her back for 2008.  Gee… and there was Margaret again as a host for the Anniversaries 07 Riot Walk recognizing the 100th anniversary of the anti-Asian riot in Chinatown and Japantown.  Margaret does great work for the community.

Karin Lee – film maker, creator of Comrade Dad.  Karin was also on the Anniversaries 07 Committee,
and curated regular film showings in Chinatown as part of the
Anniversaries 07 events.  I got to know her last in 2006 on the Head
Tax redress campaign.  In 2007, I invited her to be a speaker for the
Canadian Club Vancouver Asian Heritage Month luncheon.
Comrade Dad Comrade Dad – Karin Lee's movie about her father.

Bill Wong – Modernize Tailors – the subject of two articles in the Vancouver Sun in 2007, and the subject of a CBC documentary Tailor Made
that premiered at Whistler Film Festival to a standing ovation. Bill
Wong runs Vancouver Chinatown's last tailor shop.  His son Steven
paddles on our dragon boat team.  I have known “Bill Wong the tailor”
for the last few years, but he has known my father “Bill Wong the sign
painter” for even longer.

Vicki Wong
– creator of 2010 mascots. I first met Vicki at the end of 2006 when I
bought her book The Octonauts & the Only Lonely Sea Monster.  In
2007 she published her second book The Octonauts and the Sea of Shade.  Read my article: You hate the Vanoc mascots now… but after meeting the Vancouver creator Vicky Wong – I think you will learn to love them!

Quatchi, Miga and
are names of the new Vanoc mascots for the 2010 Olympic Games.


Joseph Wu
– origami master – Joseph appeared in the Vancouver Sun twice in 2007, and he did lots of media for the Pacific Coast Origami Conference.  Joseph can actually make a living by folding origami as demonstrated by his creations for Stolichnaya Vodka. 

Read my article:
Origami to “bend the mind” found at the Pacific Coast Origami Conference held in Vancouver

IMG_0323Yukiko Tosa and Joseph Wu stand in front of Saturday's Vancouver Sun article about the Pacific Coast Origami Conference.

Tricia Collins – actor – her one woman show Gravity astounds the senses – Tricia Collins takes the audience on a journey into her past and across two oceans.
I've known Tricia since 2002, but this was the year I got to see her do
some meaty roles in both Gravity and The Ecstasy of Rita Joe.

Tricia Collins in her one woman play “Gravity” – photo by Tim Matheson, used by permission of Rebus Creative

Click here:
See Chinese Canadians that inspired me in 2007 part I

2007 Highlights for Todd Wong: lots of media interviews + CBC documentary + Vancouver Library Strike + Gung Haggis Fat Choy goes international

2007 Highlights for Todd Wong: lots of media interviews + CBC documentary + Vancouver Library Strike… and Gung Haggis Fat Choy goes international

Here's a picture of Rory, Becca and Todd Wong at the inaugural Gung Haggis Fat Choy dinner in Seattle.
– photo courtesy of Becca Fong

January 15th
Erin Cebula did a Global Village spot about Gung Haggis Fat Choy Robbie Burns Chinese New Year Dinner on January 15th, just prior to our Gung Haggis Fat Choy World Poetry Night event at the Vancouver Public Library. Malcolm Parry also dropped by for some pictures and quick interview.

January 24th
Gung Haggis RAP Choy... It's Robbie Burns Eve, and we released a Rap version of Robbie Burns immortal poem Address to the Haggis. It is produced by Trevor Chan of No Luck Club and features myself and Joe McDonald on vocals.  The backing track features Joe on bagpipes and is titled “Gung Haggis Fat Choy.”  Click on this article to download our MP3 file.

January 25th

SFU Gung Haggis Fat Choy Festival – Dragon Cart Races + Human Curling.
It's the second annual installment of a new SFU tradition organized by the SFU Recreation Department and based on my Gung Haggis Fat Choy events.

CBC Radio interview with Priya Ramu + Ming Pao interview with Eric Chan.  Priya plays the Haggis Rap.  CBC Radio International also airs a previously taped interview I did with them which sends Toddish McWong and Gung Haggis Fat Choy out to the world on satellite.  Oy!  The world gets a dose of The Haggis Rap.

January 28th
Gung Haggis Fat Choy: Toddish McWong's Robbie Burns Chinese New Year Dinner.  The best one ever – according to bagpiper Joe McDonald who has performed at 8 GHFC dinners since 2001.

February 15th
Kyoto Journal features an article about Todd Wong and Gung Haggis Fat Choy – by author Jean Miyake Downey

February 18th
Gung Haggis Fat Choy Seattle: Scots-Americans enjoy a big success for a first initiative south of the border!

March 19th
Vancouver Heritage Award of Honour given by Mayor Sam Sullivan to Save Kogawa House Committee & TLC: The Land Conservancy of BC.  I accept on behalf of Joy Kogawa House committee, with Bill Turner executive director of TLC.

Todd Wong, Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan, Bill Turner TLC executive director – photo Deb Martin

April 5th
It's Tartan Day Eve… and Kilts Night in Vancouver.  Gung Haggis Fat Choy dragon boat team takes part in a kilt fashion show, and ends up becoming featured on the poster for Kilts Night at Doolin's Irish Pub.


April 14th
Gung Haggis Fat Choy dragon boat team is filmed for ZDF German Public Television.  We participate in the ADBF sprint regatta. Afterwards we celebrate with a Scotch tasting, and cooking up deep-fried haggis won-tons for the cameras.  BC Royal Museum later asks if they can use the picture below for a display

(clockwise) Todd Wong, Stuart Mackinnon, Steven Wong, Stephen Mirowski, Tzhe Lam and Julie Wong partake in scotch tasting and eating deep-fried haggis won-ton for ZDF German Public Television film crew – photo Deb Martin

April 29th
I post an article about James Erlandsen requiring a Bone Marrow transplant from a Eurasian Donor. This begins a relationship with James, his family and especially his cousins Aynsley and Hillary and Aunt Bev. 

May 7th
I do a City TV interview with James Erlandsen, about his fight with leukemia, my own cancer experience and how I am trying to help his
his need for a bone marrow transplant by blogging about his cause.  In May, we name James Erlandsen as honourary drummer for the Gung Haggis Fat Choy dragon boat team.

June 15/16/17
The Gung Haggis Fat Choy dragon boat team races in the Alcan Dragon Boat Festival.
On Friday, we take part in the Opening Ceremonies and also become emergency volunteers for the ADBF VIP Party.

June 28th
Georgia Straight features a memorial article about Roy Mah, and interviews me for two articles: Roy Mah strove to transcend race & What do you remember about Roy Mah?  The City of Vancouver pronounces July 12th as Roy Mah Day, and
I attend memorial service.


July 4th
Generations: The Chan Legacy airs on CBC Newsworld.  It is the documentary about my seven generational family history descended from Rev. Chan Yu Tan who arrived in Canada in 1896.  I was the lead contributor and helped to guide producer Halya Kuchmij as she interviewed family elders Victor Wong, Helen Lee, Gary Lee as well as artist/author Janice Wong, myself and one of our youngest family members Tracey Hinder.  I watched the live television broadcast with my grandmother, parents, aunts, uncles and cousins. The Chan Legacy will air six times throughout July and August. 

The documentary films me attending the 2006 Taiwanese dragon boat races, Terry Fox Run in Richmond, and the first open house event at Joy Kogawa House where I perform with my accordion, and Joy says kind words about my involvement saving her childhood home.

Chan family

July 28/29
Gold medals for the Gung Haggis Fat Choy dragon boat team in the Greater Vernon Dragon Boat Races.  Our Vernon raised steersperson Deb Martin is featured in the local Vernon Morning Star paper.  Our dragon boat team is hosted and housed by Deb's parents in their Kalamalka Lake-side home.

July 31
North Shore News interviews me, my mother and cousin Tracey Hinder for an article about Generations: The Chan Legacy. It's a great interview.  Tracey and I were both featured in the CBC documentary.  My mother was a great support and appears a few times as we do family activities together.
Three generations of the Chan family: Tracey Hinder (left), Betty Wong and Todd Wong look over their family's impressive legacy.

August 23
“Library workers picket with pizzazz!” Globe & Mail interviews me and takes my picture. The Vancouver Library workers are on strike for the first time in our 77 year union history.  I help organize a writers' series at Central Branch inviting well known writers as Terry Glavin, Stan Persky, Tom Sandborn, Hiromi Goto, Fiona Lam, Daniel Gawthrop, Rita Wong and George McWhirter the Vancouver Poet Laureate to come read to Vancouver Library workers.  I maintain stories about the strike on my blog, and am interviewed by different media such as CBC Radio, NW98, Co-op Radio, CBC TV etc.

Read a recap of my involvement with the Vancouver Library strike with pictures.

August 30
Georgia Straight interviews me for an article: Boss and union tell different tales and asks to use my photo of myself, city librarian Paul Whitney and librarian Alexis Greenwood.

Todd Wong, an accordion-playing library employee, picket captain Alexis Greenwood, and city librarian Paul Whitney remain on friendly terms.
Wong, an accordion-playing library employee, picket captain Alexis
Greenwood, and city librarian Paul Whitney remai
n on friendly terms.

September 7th
This was a very busy Friday.  I started off by introducing Vancouver poet laureate George McWhirter who gave a reading to our Vancouver library workers.

Next I attended the opening ceremonies for the Douglas Jung Building, where Jung's son Art Calderwood gave a speech.  Art is also a paddler with the Gung Haggis Dragon boat team and several team members were there to support him.

It was the 100th anniversary of the Anti-Asian riots that attacked both Chinatown and Japantown in 1907.  I attended the 1907 Riot: The Walking Tour.  That evening I attended the
Reconciliation Dinner: Addressing the 1907 Anti-Asian riot and a century of change


September 27th
I speak at Cleveland Elementary as a Terry's Team cancer survivor as part of the National Terry Fox Run Day.  I have spoken at Terry Fox Run events since 1993, when Terry's brother Darrell Fox asked me to become a Terry's Team member – cancer survivors who serve as living proof that cancer research makes a difference.

September 28th
I host the
Music Cabaret for Vancouver District Labour Council at the Rhizome.
An amazing event organized by Earle Peach.  Lots of incredible songs and performers about the labour movement and history.  Because of my participation, the Vancouver District Labour Council decides to donate all the proceeds to CUPE 391, Vancouver Library workers.

September 29th

Word on the Strike…CUPE 391 picket line adds creativity to annual Word on the Street event
– I do double duty performing my accordion for Word on the Strike, as well as staffing the Joy Kogawa House booth for Word on the Street.
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Joy Kogawa House Society is now legal…. next step – restore the house

October 13th
I write a “Dream Statement” for the Dream Vancouver conference that takes place October 21st.  Of course I address racial and cultural diversity.

October 10th

Vancouver IAM agregattor Blog Features story as one of the TOP BLOG REPORTS

November 8th

Geist Magazine features Todd Wong's photographs of Vancouver Library workers' strike Haiku poetry

took many pictures during the Vancouver civic strike.  I received many
requests for permission to print them in Georgia Straight + on-line
newsblogs – but Geist was the only magazine request.

November 10th

Ruth Ozeki and Shaena Lambert read at historic Joy Kogawa House –
Wonderful community chemistry for Vancouver's new literary landmark
. I am one of the hosts for this event, as a member of the Historic Joy Kogawa House committee.  At a following meeting, I am voted president.  Shaena Lambert and Ruth Ozeki were both incredible readers.  They brought so much energy to the event, and they loved what we are doing with the house to turn it into a writer's retreat centre.

November 22nd

Eating Stories with the Chinese Canadian Historical Society – book launch
I am one of the authors included in this incredible Chinese-Canadian and aboriginal anthology about family and food.  Authors book launch takes place at the Rhizome Cafe, and the official book launch happens at the Vancouver Museum.

December 14th
I am a guest panelist on CBC Radio's The Current discussing Canada's 3rd official language?  We debate whether Canada should have a 3rd official language.  Chinese is now the 2nd most spoken mother tongue language outside of Quebec.  I suggest a different alternative

December 15th
I discover that I am featured in a grade 5 school text book. It is called Literacy in Action and I was interviewed and asked for photos last year… but through all the library strike action, I never saw the book until today.

December 24th

Todd Wong's Favourite Christmas Dish read on CBC Radio's “Flavour of the Week” by Maragaret Gallagher

It's my final media spot of 2007. 

Wow…. what a busy year!  Time to start it all up again.  Press releases for 2008 Gung Haggis Fat Choy Robbie Burns Chinese New Year Dinner going out this week.