Monday, December 19, 2005

Celebrating Scottish Canadian and Chinese Canadian Culture and Politics

I was researching city counsellor blogs and came across this very, very interesting blog out of Vancouver:

GungHaggisFatChoy celebrating the intersection of Scottish Canadian and Chinese Canadian cultures. Notably, it is home of the upcoming Gung Haggis Fat Choy: Toddish McWong's Robbie Burns Chinese New Year Dinner (being held Sunday January 22, 2006) and the Gung Haggis Fat Choy dragon boat team.

The blog covers a range of local cultural and political events and issues. Lots on local issues surrounding the upcoming federal election. I bring it to your attention because it shows how a blog can create a real synergy between subject matters to create a bold, exuberant energy.

I can only imagine what their January 22nd celebration will be like, falling the night before the Canadian federal election!


Anonymous said...

Gung Haggis Fat Choy is all about the synergistic energy of whatever happens to be appearing in writer Todd Wong aka "Toddish McWong's" mind and life at the time.

Turns out it is even more fitting that you should discover this blogsite, because he works at the Vancouver Public Library.

It should be a very exciting dinner event on Election Eve... as Wong has been involved on so many issues, and knows so many politicians.

The Chinese head tax is pertinent because it has now become an election issue, and Wong is a 5th generation descendant of head tax payers. He and his friends have been very active in exposing the holes in the Liberal program for head tax redress.

I attended last year's dinner and the entertainment included Vancouver Mayor Larry Campbell (dressed in kilt and Chinese jacket), Provincial MLA's Jenny Kwan and Joy McPhail - wearing each other's Scottish tartan and Chinese cheong sam outfits.

Along with hosts Wong and Shelagh Rogers, they all read the immortal Robbie Burns poem about poltical equality, "a Man's A Man for All That"

Connie Crosby said...

Cool! Thanks for giving me more background. Whoever you are....