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No Burns Day celebrations at Simon Fraser University… a sad day indeed!

No Robbie Burns Day to celebrate Scottish culture at SFU.

In 2010, Burnaby Mayor Derick Corrigan eats a handful of haggis, under the watchful eye of then SFU President Michael Stevenson, SFU Pipe Band members and SFU mascot McFogg the Dog. – photo T.Wong

There are no Robbie Burns ceremonies at Simon Fraser University this year.  No SFU Gung Haggis Fat Choy Festival either. Both the Ceremonies Department and SFU Recreation and Athletics cite budgetary restrictions.  Are the universities so tight for cash that there are no pennies left in SFU's sporran?  How much is it for a haggis and a bagpiper? 

(note: I phoned the office of SFU President Andrew Petter, and was informed that the budget cuts happened before Petter took office in the Summer – so the plot thickens… SFU has known that the Burns ceremonies was canceled since at least September… and still nobody did anything?).

The only Burns celebration will be the annual Robbie Burns Day Supper hosted and organized by the SFU Pipe Band – which is independent of the university.  SFU provides practice space in exchange for use of the name.  I even checked the SFU calendar – While the SFU Pipe Band is listed on the events page, there is no listing for Burns Day ceremonies or the SFU Gung Haggis Fat Choy Festival.  Sadly, January 25th is blank… empty… nothing…

This is a strange departure for a university that adopted Scottish
culture in its motto “Je Suis Prets,” taken from the Fraser Clan motto and
coat of arms.  Even the University's colours match the blue and red
from the Fraser Hunting tartan.  And why call your sports team “The
” unless you are modeling yourself on Scottish culture?  Simon
Fraser University also offers a Centre for Scottish Studies program that
has been doing great community outreach in Vancouver area with Director
Dr. Leith Davis.

In recent years, SFU has celebrated Burns Dinner, by having the three city mayors of Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, who also happened to have Scottish ancestry, attend Burns ceremonies at the three cities where SFU campuses are located.   The Burns ceremonies have grown more elaborate over the years.  When I helped out in 1993, the ceremony was simple.  The bagpiper led, I followed holding the sword upright, and the haggis carrier followed, and we delivered the haggis to the main cafeteria, where somebody must have given the Address To a Haggis.
But in 2009, SFU helped to celebrate the 250th Anniversary of the birth of Scottish poet Robbie Burns by having piping and Scottish dancing at each of the campuses in Surrey, Burnaby and Vancouver.   And at the Burnaby campus there was even the debut of the first ever “Dressed to Kilt” fashion
show at the Highland Pub.

Hmmm…. I think that SFU not celebrating Robbie Burns Day, would be like NOT having a Chinese New Year parade in Vancouver Chinatown, or no St. Patrick's Day Parade in Vancouver for March 17th!   But wait… The occurrence of the 2010 Winter Olympics opening on the same weekend as Chinese New Year almost necessitated the cancellation of the Chinese New Year Parade last year, but was saved as the parade was opened earlier in time to clear the streets before an afternoon hockey game.  Sadly, the entire week of Celtic Fest activities was canceled in March due to venues being booked for Olympics and Paralympic events.  But Simon Fraser University doesn't have to compete with the Winter Olympics, they are only citing budgetary constrictions.  How expensive can a single haggis be?

I first became involved with the strange customs of Scottish-Canadians when I was asked in 1993 to help with the Burns Day ceremony.  I was a student tour guide, and we were paid to give tours to visitors.  But nobody wanted to carry a haggis, and wear a kilt.  Being loyal to my job, I hedged… “I'll do it if you can't find anybody else,” I said to our team leader, being very mindful of all the deep snow around campus that cold week in January.

They called back, and the rest is the stuff of legends.  “Toddish McWong” made his media debut in both the Vancouver Sun and Vancouver Province, for being multicultural open to embracing a Scottish tradition, which in 1993, was 2 days away from Chinese New Year. 

“Gung Haggis Fat Choy” was coined as a word, and would follow me for the next few years, even after I graduated from SFU, and never even tasted the haggis that day on the mountain.

Years later I would invite friends to the first Gung Haggis Fat Choy Robbie Burns Chinese New Year Dinner.  We had 16 people in the living room of a private townhouse in North Vancouver.  Our host Gloria hired a bagpiper, from the SFU Pipe Band.  I cooked most of the Chinese dishes.  We served the haggis with sweet & sour sauce, and with plum sauce.

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“Toddish McWong” at the Scottish Parliament exhibition of “This Is Who We Are: Scots in Canada.

Over the years, I have come to celebrate both the Scottish and Chinese
pioneer history and culture at Gung Haggis Fat Choy Dinners.  So many of
the place names of BC are named after Scottish places, such as
Craigellachie – the site of the last spike of the Canadian Pacific
Railway.  In fact for 2009 Homecoming Year Scotland, Harry McGrath, the
former director of the Scottish Studies Program of SFU, created the
project: This Is Who We Are: Scots in Canada.  The photo project matched
pictures of similar named places in Scotland and Canada, such as Banff,
New Glasgow, and many others.  I was honoured to be part of their
project, and I attended the closing night reception at Scottish
Parliament, where I encountered a life-size picture of myself.

In 2004, I received a phone call from SFU Recreation Department, asking if I could help them create an event that could bring together the University's Scottish heritage and traditions with the large Asian population of students.  In January 2005, we unveiled the SFU Gung Haggis Fat Choy “Canadian Games”.  

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Sadly there are no dragon cart races for SFU Gung Haggis Fat Choy Festival this year.  But last year, McFogg the Dog and Toddish McWong posed with the winning team in 2010 – The Wellness Warriors.

created dragon cart races – imagine dragon boats “paddling” across SFU's convocation mall.  Imagine trying to have the world's largest “Haggis eat-in.”  It was a big hit.  Okay, not the haggis bit… but many students tried haggis and said they liked it.

For the past few years, I have been the race commentator for the dragon cart races.  It is always fun to watch people having multicultural fun, and playing with the cultural stereotypes.

But sadly…. not for this year at Simon Fraser University. 

This is the year that Maclean's Magazine also published an article in it's annual university issue, titled “Too Asian?”   It has generated a lot of co
ntroversy as Asian-Canadians and cultural analysts have criticized the article for pandering to stereotypes and faulty journalism.   “Maybe SFU is NOT Scottish Enough now?”  A list of critiques can be found on

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Here are some of the media interviews about Gung Haggis Fat Choy Robbie Burns Chinese New Year Dinner + other stories

Every year I do media interviews.  On Robbie Burns Day, I was woken up at 7am by a request from BBC Radio Scotland.  Yesterday, I did an interview for French CBC television.  Monday was Epoch Times.  Last week the Georgia Straight did a food feature article.  Somewhere in Scotland there is an interview in the Sunday Post.  Even SFU, Seattle and North Shore News have stories about Gung Haggis Fat Choy Robbie Burns Chinese New Year Dinner this year.  Check out the links:

Gung Haggis Fat Choy is the ultimate fusion feast – Carolyn Ali – ‎Jan 21, 2010‎
“People really like haggis dim sum,” says Todd Wong, otherwise known as Toddish McWong. He's organizing the 12th annual Gung Haggis Fat Choy dinner,

Gung Haggis Fat Choy Celebrates Chinese and Scottish Heritage

The Epoch Times – Ryan Moffatt – ‎11 hours ago‎
At first glance not a lot, but if you ask Todd Wong, founder of Gung Haggis Fat Choy, the two partner together quite well. “In Canada they talk about the

Food Calendar

North Shore News – Pamela Stone, Debbie Caldwell – ‎4 hours ago‎
Gung Haggis Fat Choy:
The annual Scottish and Chinese cultural, musical and literary event
featuring intercultural food, fun, poems and music, Sunday, Jan.

Join the Burns Day fun Jan. 25

Simon Fraser University News – ‎Jan 21, 2010‎
And don't forget to stay for Gung Haggis Fat Choy, a fun meld of Chinese New Year and Burns Day festivities, with dragon cart races, haggis and egg rolls.

Like a trip home

The Kingston Whig-Standard – Ian Elliot – ‎Jan 25, 2010‎
and a unique Canadian twist is a Scottish- Chinese fusion born in Vancouver known as Gung Haggis Fat Choy dinners that feature haggis wontons and other

Vancouver taste treat: haggis won ton

Crosscut (blog) – Knute Berger – ‎19 hours ago‎
The menu for the 2010 Gung Haggis Fat Choy Dinner in Vancouver has been revealed, and it combines the celebratory influences of Chinese New Year with the

Food and Culture Topic of Presentation

Opinion250 News (blog) – ‎Jan 9, 2010‎
We also attend boundary-blurring festivals, such as Gung Haggis Fat Choy Day,” says Dr. Iwama, who has a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies.

SFU Gung Haggis Fat Choy Festival – Dragon Cart Races + Human Curling

SFU Gung Haggis Fat Choy Festival: A success with Dragon Cart Races + Human Curling

Human curling made it's world debut as the first event of the SFU Gung
Haggis Fat Choy Festival.  Car tires were fitted onto a wooden
platform with roller wheels, and floated easily across the SFU
Convecation Mall towards a target with points.  Human contestants
sat upon each “rock” as their team mates gave a good push  to
launch them towards the target.

It was all part of the 2nd annual SFU Gung Haggis Fat Choy Festival,
which aims to bring the growing Asian student population together with
Simon Fraser University's Scottish traditions.  Rather than create
a traditional “Highland Games” the SFU Recreation department approached
SFU alumni Todd Wong, to help them create a culturally inclusive and
interactive new approach. 

Wong had first donned a kilt for the SFU Robbie Burns Day celebrations
as a student in 1993, and the 5th generation Chinese-Canadian was
inspired by a new approach to multiculturalism, by learning about
“Scottish Canadian” culture and history.  In 1998, Wong created
the first Gung Haggis Fat Choy dinner blending together Chinese New
Year traditions with a traditional Robbie Burns dinner.  Each
year, the event grew until it reached 570 people at the Float
Restaurant in Vancouver's Chinatown.  Last year's dinner served
430 people.

In a “Gung Haggis” spirit of interculturalism, Dragon Cart racing was
launched in 2005.  Teams  of 7 (six paddlers + one
steersperson) pretend they are in traditional Chinese dragon boats, and
race against a rival team to the finish line.  This has become a
fun event with such team names as the CAC Bananas, the High Rollers,
and The Haggis Punters – who eventually became the winners of the
Dragon Cart Races.  Teams wear Chinese and Scottish inspired
costumes, hats and outfits.  Gung Haggis Fat Choy creator, Todd
Wong, was the play by play commentor for the race finals in the
afternoon.  He spiced up the commentating with trivia about dragon
boat history, Simon Fraser, and both Scotland and China.

There was also an event to create a world's record of haggis
eaters.  About 70 people took the challenge to be part of a
record-setting team – many for the first time trying haggis.  The
number was far short of the expected audience of 400 for the Gung
Haggis Fat Choy Robbie Burns Chinese New Year banquet that will be held
Sunday, January 26th.  But the atmosphere of fun, cultural openess
and sharing, and surprises was equally expressed.  

Traditional highland dancing was presented by the SFU Celtic Dance
Club, and a lion dance was presented by the SFU Kung Fu Club.  The
SFU Ceremonies department had a Scottish-inspired platform party that
visits each of SFU's campuses in Burnaby, Surrey and downtown
Vancouver.  Frank Campbell gave a very entertaining reading of the
Burns poem “Address to the Haggis.” 

SFU Gung Haggis Fat Choy Festival – Dragon Cart Races + Human Curling

SFU Gung Haggis Fat Choy Festival
– Dragon Cart Races + Human Curling

What happens when you unleash the Gung Haggis Fat Choy concept on university students?


Gung Haggis FAS Choy team adopted Scottish tartans and rice hats for
their team uniform.  Here they are poised for a quick start. 
Six “paddlers” use rubber gripped crutches for “paddles”

was approached by the SFU Recreation Department way back in Fall 2004,
to help them create an event that would bring the large Asian student
population together with the university's Scottish traditions. 
Voila – SFU Gung Haggis Fat Choy “Canadian Games” was created! 
And Dragon Cart racing was born!

years later… Dragon Cart racing returns to Convecation Mall at SFU's
Burnaby Mountain Campus, and it is joined by “Human Curling” and an
attempt to set a record for the largest number of people eating haggis
at one time.

I will be MC for the ceremonies, and the play by play announcer for the Dragon Cart races.

Please see the release below regarding the 2nd
Annual SFU Gung Haggis Fat Choy Festival, hosted

SFU’s Second Annual Gung Haggis Fat Choy Festival
Event combines SFU’s multicultural heritage with a unique take on Robbie Burns Day

Burnaby, B.C. –  Simon Fraser University’s second annual Gung
Haggis Fat Choy Festival is one of the most anticipated events of the
winter semester. Taking place on Thursday, January 25, 2007 in
Convocation Mall, the festival combines the traditional Scottish
holiday of Robbie Burns Day with a multicultural twist, bringing
together the student body, staff, and lower mainland community for an
exciting day of competition on Burnaby Mountain.

Beginning at 10:30am, with an introduction to Human Curling, the day
will be action packed with a wide variety of events and performances
taking place until 2:30pm. From 'Dragon Cart' Races to a Haggis Eating
competition, to performances by the Kung Fu Club and Celtic Dance Club,
there will be lots to see and do up on the hill.

Gung Haggis Fat Choy began as Todd Wong’s unique take on traditional
Robbie Burns day celebrations at Simon Fraser University. As a student
in 1993, Wong began to incorporate those two traditions when he was
asked to help organize SFU’s Robbie Burns day and agreed to wear a kilt
to the celebrations. Wong thought it odd at the time, that he a
fifth-generation Chinese-Canadian was asked to done a traditional
Scottish kilt.

That experience got Wong thinking of other ways he could unite the
university’s large Asian culture with its Scottish heritage. In 1998,
Wong held his first Gung Haggis Fat Choy event, a dinner with friends
that featured interesting takes on the food of both cultures (including
haggis!). That dinner has doubled in size every year, to now where
hundreds of people every year pack restaurants to enjoy the Gung Haggis
festivities. In 2005 the event came full circle, as Gung Haggis Fat
Choy returned to SFU’s campus as the Gung Haggis Fat Choy Festival, a
different take on the traditional highland games.

“Since my first participation in SFU's 1993 Robbie Burns Day
celebrations,” I have enjoyed putting a multicultural spin on the old
traditions,says Wong, recently featured on BBC Radio Scotland. “It has
brought a new and greater appreciation for both myself and the people
who come into contact with Gung Haggis Fat Choy, now in its many
incarnations as a dinner event, a dragon boat team, a CBC television
performance, a First Night music performance, and now as the SFU Gung
Haggis Fat Choy Festival.”

Full event schedule and team registration details attached.


Scott McLean
Media Relations Coordinator
Simon Fraser University
Recreation & Athletics
Phone: 604-291-4057
Fax: 604-291-4922
Cell: 604-505-5519
Simon Fraser University Clan
Pride – Passion – Tradition

Sue Hatten
Camps and Instructional Programs Coordinator
Recreation & Athletics
Simon Fraser University

Phone: 604-291-5434
Fax: 604-291-3425

Check out the list of events:

This 2nd annual event, blending Robbie Burns' Day and Chinese New Year
is set for THURSDAY, JAN. 25th from 10:30am-2:30pm in CONVO MALL. New
this year – Human Curling, Chopstick Structure Building AND attempting
to set a record for the largest number of people eating HAGGIS at one



10:30 – 10:45 Introduction to Human Curling

10:45 – 11:15 Human Curling + Awards

11:15 – 11:30 Celtic Dance Club and Introduction to Dragon Cart Races

11:30 – 12:15 Dragon Cart Races

12:15-12:30 Dragon Cart Awards

12:30 – 1:00 Robbie Burns’ Day Ceremony

1:00-1:15 Sign up for Haggis Eating Contest

1:15-1:20 Haggis Eating Contest

1:20 – 1:30 Kung Fu Club Lion Dance and Introduction to Dragon Cart Races

1:30 – 2:30 Dragon Cart Races

2:30 – 2:45 Dragon Cart & Chopstick Structure Building Awards

NOTE: There will be other displays, performances and activities happening throughout the day, between main events!


How to register for Dragon Cart Races and Human Curling:

Team Captains can sign up their team at the Intramural/Rec Sports
Office (in Chancellor’s Gym Building) Monday-Friday from 11:00am –


Team Captains can email the following information to

Specify morning or afternoon dragon cart races.


Teams can register at the festival for Human Curling and Dragon Cart
Races. All teams must be registered 45 minutes prior to the start of
the event. Registration is on a first come basis and spots are not

Gung Haggis dragon boat team APRES-PADDLE PARTY @ The ROXY

Come to our Paddlers' Appreciation Party…
because we appreciate how hard you paddle.
We appreciate how hard WE PADDLE….
FREE Tickets available…

Sunday – June 19th
7pm to 1am
@ THE ROXY nightclub
932 Granville St.
between Smithe and Nelson
Advance tickets only from Gung Haggis Fat Choy team members
tent #141

Tickets give you:
This is a gift from our sponsor The Roxy
We are pleased to help create a new Apres-ADBF paddling party
Sunday Nights are “Country Nights” at the Roxy – Be sure to bring your
boots and hats!

Congratulations to the PH&N Horny Goats dragon boat team who won
$1000 team sponsorship money by having the most team members attend our
June 5th 3-in-1 Paddler's Party – @ The Roxy, The Cellar and Doolin's
Irish Pub.

Vancouver Sun prints picture of SFU's Gung Haggis Fat Choy™ Dragoncart racing

Dragoncart racing made it's debut
at the SFU Gung Haggis Fat Choy™ “Canadian Games” on Friday January
28th.  The Vancouver Sun captured the “Gung Haggis FAS Choy” team
in action on page B1 on today's (Jan 29) Vancouver Sun. 

The caption reads:
“It's Gung Haggis Fat Choy (that's what they call it) on Friday at
Simon Fraser University, when Scottish Robbie Burns Day traditions mix
with Chinese New Year rituals.  To mark the occasion this team
from the faculty of applied science propels its dragoncart with
crutches and much enthusiasm in a race down Convocation Mall. 
They finished second.”

CITY TV and Channel M also shot camera footage – I missed it on last night's news – did anybody see it?  please comment!

Dragonboat Go-Carts arrive at SFU for intramural “Canadian Games”

The first ever Dragon-carts or dragon boat go-carts, arrived at Simon
Fraser University today.  These are proto-types created by Bob
Brinson, a coach with the Gung Haggis Fat Choy dragon boat team, and a
former carpenter with CBC TV.  Bob also recently re-finished the
original teak dragon boats donated to Vancouver during Expo 86.

The Dragon-carts sit on 3 wheels and are built on top of a 4'x8'
plywood base, 3/4 inch thick.  The sides are slightly curved like
a boats hull.  They will seat 6 paddlers + steersperson. 
Presently they look like a wooden bathtub – but once we paint them and
build heads and tails – they will be beautiful!

Our first experience “paddling” them was lots of fun.  Bob and I
used aluminum crutches as “paddles” and got some good speed in the
warehouse.  Up at SFU with 5 or 7 people the go-cart was much
slower as all the weight puts much more pressure on the rubber inflated
tires.  This will not be an easy push in the park for the neophyte
racers, as it took a lot of effort to move the 1200 pounds of people we
were carrying.

SFU intramural hopes that the Dragon-Cart races will become a unique
marquee event for the SFU Gung Haggis Fat Choy “Canadian Games.” 
Each year we can add another “sporting event” and build up the games as
a multicultural event, while encouraging students and faculty to
participate in both fun and physical exercise oriented activities.

photos to follow soon…

Win tickets for Gung Haggis Fat Choy, by naming the dragonboat go-cart for SFU's Gung Haggis Fat Choy “Canadian Games”

Win Tickets to
attend Gung Haggis Fat Choy: Toddish McWong's Robbie Burns Dinner –
January 30th, 2005, at Floata Restaurant in Vancouver's Chinatown


We need help naming our Dragoncarts for the First Annual Gung Haggis Fat Choy Canadian Games.  Read more to find out details on this exciting contest or check out the whole event.

Gung Haggis Fat Choy

Canadian Games

Friday January 28, 2005

NOON Convocation Mall


EXCITING “Name the Dragoncarts” CONTEST
additional perk to being participants in the First Annual Gung Haggis
Fat Choy Canadian Games is the chance to name the Dragoncarts.

Recreation has had two Dragoncarts built for the inaugural Gung Haggis
Fat Choy Canadian Games. These two dragon carts will be used for years
to come as part of the annual Gung Haggis festivities here at SFU.

To have one cart named after a prominent Scottish-Canadian pioneer in
BC, and the other named after a prominent Chinese-Canadian pioneer. A
name for each must be submitted!  Submissions must be received at by midnight on Thursday, January 27th, 2005.

Award: One pair of tickets to the Gung Haggis Fat Choy dinner at the Floata Restaurant in Vancouver,
valued at $120.00 to the best pair of names. Prizes will be awarded
during the Gung Haggis Fat Choy Canadian Games in Convocation Mall on
Friday January 28th, 2005.

Here are some suggested names for you to nominate or vote for:

Possible suggestions:

Sir James Douglas, known as the "father of British Columbia" as governor, he was reluctant to give up
power and hold elections as ordered.

Amelia Douglas, the mixed-blood wife of Sir James, who most certainly tempered his treatment to First Nations
people, and had to put up with his airs and haughtiness. "Definitely the more interesting one," according to
Joan Siedl, history curator for Vancouver Museum.

Alexander Mackenzie, explorer of Mackenzie River.

Simon Fraser, explorer of the Fraser River - a university even got named after this guy, and
he was born in Vemont - a yankee!

Alexander Won Cumyow, first Chinese born in BC (1861), first Chinese Canadian court interpreter, liason
between First Nations and White communities.

Chan Sing Kai (1854-1952) and his younger brother Rev. Chan Yu Tan (1863-1948), first Chinese ministers ordained in
Canada. Helped to found the Chinese Methodist Church in Vancouver. Helped to teach english to Chinese.
Also Todd Wong's great great granduncle, and great great grandfather.

Yip Sang, one of the first and most successful and influential merchants in Chinatown. Chinese agent for the
Canadian Pacific Railway.

Hok Tak Louie, one of Chinatown's successful merchants, patriarch of the Louie Clan that developed
H.Y. Louie, which bought IGA franchises in BC, and later London Drugs under son Tong's presidency.
Grandson Brandt is currently Chair of SFU's Board of Govenors and nominated to be the next SFU Chancellor.

Burnaby News Leader story: Gung Haggis Fat Choy combines two cultures

Check out this front page lead story in Sunday's Burnaby News Leader

Gung Haggis Fat Choy combines two cultures


Wong, aka Toddish McWong, is getting ready to celebrate Gung Haggis Fat
Choy, a convergence of Robbie Burns Day and Chinese New Year that he
cooked up while trying to come up with an idea for “a really good house
party” when he was a student at Simon Fraser University.

By Katie Robinson

NewsLeader Staff

Wong – often dubbed Toddish McWong – never thought in a million years
he, a fifth-generation, Chinese-Canadian, would ever be wearing a
Scottish kilt. But then life threw him a curveball, resulting in Gung
Haggis Fat Choy.

The Chinese New Year celebrates good fortunes for the new year and
honours Heaven and Earth, as well as the family. Robbie Burns Day is a
Scottish celebration, giving praise to the great literary works of
Robert Burns. And Gung Haggis Fat Choy is a combination of the two.

In Jan. 1993, Simon Fraser University (SFU) was struggling to find
volunteers to help with its annual Robbie Burns Day celebration. One of
the committee members approached Wong, then a psychology student and
university tour guide, requesting his assistance.
Wong declined.

“What? A Chinese guy wearing a kilt? That's strange – that's weird,” he said of his initial reaction.

The more he thought about it though, the more he realized this
might not be such a bad idea after all. Once he began flipping the
stereotypes, and drawing parallels between Simon Fraser – of Scottish
ancestry – and himself, he realized he might actually be embarking on a
potentially wonderful experience.

“Simon Fraser had never been to Scotland, and at the time I was a
fifth-generation, Chinese-Canadian, who had never been to China,” Wong
said, while standing on the steps of SFU's Convocation Mall.

The Chinese New Year fell just two days before Robbie Burns Day
that particular year. Wong couldn't pass up that opportunity to combine
the two cultures into one celebration – he agreed to wear the kilt.

But it wasn't until 1998 that Gung Haggis Fat Choy was truly born.

Wong invited 16 friends – both Scottish-Canadian and
Chinese-Canadian – to a dinner with the intentions of merging the two
holidays once again. He researched Robbie Burns Day, and prepared the
feast of various Chinese and Scottish delicacies, including the Burns'
Day traditional treat of haggis.

“Gung Haggis Fat Choy is an intersection of the Scottish-Canadian heritage, and the Chinese-Canadian heritage,” Wong said.

“We're creating a whole new Canadian society that we're dubbing the Gung Haggis Clan.”

The annual event has doubled in size every year since that first
feast. No longer is it just a group of close friends in a small dining
room, now it's expanded to hundreds of people filling the capacity of
large restaurants.

This year's event is even more special though because Wong is bringing it back to SFU.

In an attempt to unite the university's large Asian community with
its Scottish heritage, SFU intramural coordinator Geoff Vogt looked to
Wong for assistance. The inaugural Gung Haggis Fat Choy Canadian games
will be celebrated on Jan. 28 at noon in Convocation Mall. It will
feature traditional Scottish Highland elements, Chinese sporting
elements and a dragon-boat race on drylands.

“When we started this thing, we were just trying to deal with a
really good house party. I never imagined it would get this huge,” Wong

“It makes me happy that so many people are enjoying Gung Haggis
Fat Choy. We finally have racial equality, and we're finally able to
celebrate our heritage in ways we haven't before.”

With the popularity of Gung Haggis on the rise, Wong is looking to
the future. He hopes living rooms everywhere will some day be filled
with people celebrating Gung Haggis Fat Choy, guzzling drams of whisky,
reciting Burns' poetry, and dipping Haggis Wun-Tun in maple syrup.

see my recollection of the interview with reporter Katie Robinson and phtographer Mario Bartel.