Author Archives: Roland Tanglao

5 spots left at Bloggers Table at GungHaggisFatChoy

If anybody wishes to join Barb, Bill Stillwell of, myself, and some CBC people at our “bloggers” table at GungHaggisFatChoy, please let me know by Thursday at 8p.m by email to roland AT or by calling me at 604 729 7924 if you already have your tickets. If you DON'T have a ticket yet, please mention you want to sit at the “bloggers table” when you order (please order before 8pm. on Thursday) your tickets through the Firehall Centre at 604-689-0926.

By the way, well over 400 tickets have been sold, so it's going to big and I am sure it's going to be great! See you on Sunday!

Gung Haggis Fat Choy Table of Contents for CBC The National and Newsworld viewers and everybody else!

Welcome to new readers who come from The National and CBC NewsWorld!

Here's my table of contents for the site. I am sure that I missed some important stuff, please let me know what's missing by leaving a comment or emailing roland AT and I'll update this post.

  • Gung Haggis Fat Choy 2003
  • Gung Haggis Fat Choy Origins
  • To reach Todd Wong aka “Toddish McWong

    post a comment with your e-mail address, and I will contact you.

    phone 604-987-7124 or e-mail

    Gung Haggis Fat Choy Poetry Night Summary – January 17, 2005

    Gung Haggis Fat Choy

    World Poetry Night!

    WHEN: 7:30p.m. Monday January 17, 2005WHAT:  A very special intercultural poetry night celebrating Robbie Burns day and Chinese New Year featuring

     Fred Wah, Governor General's Award for Poetry Winner (Waiting For Sasketchewan, Diamondback Grill, So Far, Music at the Heart of Thinking, Loki is Buried at Smoky Creek)

     Joe McDonald (left), Dugald Christie, Shirley Sue-A-Quan (Xiaoli Cao), Billy Yizhong,  Jacinda Oldale, 

    Hosted by Todd Wong (creator of Gung Haggis Fat ChoyÔ ) and Ariadne Sawyer & Alejandro Mujica-Olea (Hosts of World Poetry Series)

    WHERE: Vancouver Public Library, Alice MacKay Room (lower level), 350 West Georgia Street
    MORE DETAILS: Check out Todd's original post and the poster (PDF)

    for more information contact Todd Wong 604-987-7124 or e-mail

    Cultures collide: Chinese don kilts, Scots try haggis wonton – Gung Haggis Fat Choy in Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Associated Press

    Gung Haggis Fat Choy 2004 was in the Associated Press and Seattle Post-Intelligencer. This is very appropriate because Todd has a Seattle familial connection which he will post about later.

    From Cultures collide: Chinese don kilts, Scots try haggis wonton – written by Amy Carmichael and originally written for Canadian Press.

    Here is an excerpt:

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Chinese men don kilts and Scots try haggis wonton in the annual multicultural Chinese New Year party for Scottish poet Robert Burns – a 1998 college gag that's become a mainstream event.

    More than 500 people so far have snapped up tickets for this weekend's celebration. The birthday of the 18th century Scottish bard is Sunday, at the dawn of the Chinese New Year.

    “This is what Canadian society is all about, introducing each other to our cultures and celebrating more holidays,” said organizer Todd Wong.

    He was dubbed “Toddish McWong” when he caved in to pleas from friends in a Burns club to help out with their annual reading. The fifth-generation Chinese Canadian was given a book of Gaelic-spiked poems to recite, and a crash course on Scots traditions: men wearing skirts, carrying swords and eating weird foods.

    “People, especially Scottish Canadians, thought it was really cool to see a Chinese guy wearing a kilt,” he said.

    for more… check out Cultures collide: Chinese don kilts, Scots try haggis wonton – written by Amy Carmichael and originally written for Canadian Press.