Jan Wong at Kogawa House tomorrow – wonderful turnout and talk in Vancouver Chinatown.

Sid Tan and Jan Wong wave for the camera… after a successful talk by the author of Red China Blues and former columnist/reporter for the Globe & Mail. – photo courtesy of Sid Tan

Jan Wong is coming to Kogawa House
Saturday May 26
12 noon to 2pm
“Lunch with Jan Wong”
$10 per ticket, including a light lunch
Reserve your place by e-mailing kogawahouse@yahoo.ca

Last night she did a dinner event with Asian Canadian Writers Workshop in Vancouver Chinatown… It was great!  We introduced her to some of Vancouver’s Asian Canadian authors, publishers, journalists and community activists.

Jan talked about her new book “Out of the Blue, A Memoir of Workplace Depression, Recovery, Redemption and, Yes, Happiness”

She talked about the story she wrote for the Globe and Mail, which became an issue.  She described how her editor did not support her, and the G&M did not support her sick leave.  It gets worse… She was denied long term disability, after going into a depression caused by the workplace issues.  And it gets further worse, after she discovered the insurance company Manulife, had hired investigators to take videos of her, to diagnose her “depression” and deny them.  But there is a happy ending.

“Jan Wong is a wonderful writer and, as she tells her own story, she speaks for me and for many. Some say depression is a gift. Well, it’s not. But this book is.”
— Shelagh Rogers, O.C., Broadcast journalist and recipient of the Champion of Mental Health Award

On Tuesday, she was in Victoria giving a talk and reading for 200+ people for the Chinatown Lionesses in Victoria Chinatown.



I introduce Jan Wong at the Asian Canadian Writers Workshop event “Dinner with Jan Wong”
Jan Wong had a good connection with Joanna Chiu, who just graduated a few days ago from Columbia School of Journalism in NYC, which Jan graduated from 31 years ago.  It was also Joanna’s birthday, so we followed up Jan’s talk,  with a spontaneous singing of Happy Birthday to Joanna.  But, I also made Joanna “work” on her birthday… while we waited for dinner to arrive, Joanna interviewed Jan for a future issue of Ricepaper Magazine.
Globe & Mail just phoned to solicit subscriptions… I told them they were in my bad books… because G&M fired writer Jan Wong for her column. How can a newspaper put a gag order on their star reporter? then deny sick leave? Read “On the Record with Jan Wong” on the Canadian Journalism Project http://j-source.ca/article/record-jan-wong


The Canadian Journalism Project / Observatoire du journalisme

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