Todd Wong

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Todd Wong

Todd Wong is the longest-serving board member of the Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop (ACWW) and currently its President. Todd helped create ACWW's inaugural Community Builders Dinner in 2002 and former Chair of the Historical Joy Kogawa House Society, where he helped to save author Joy Kogawa's childhood home into a Canadian landmark with a writer-in-residence program. A 5th Generation Canadian in inter-cultural Vancouver, Todd was featured on CBC's documentary Generations: The Chan Legacy, which he consulted on about the life and descendants of his pioneer great-great-grandfather Rev. Chan Yu Tan, who came to Canada in 1896. Wong has documented Asian-Canadian history as one of the first Asian Canadian bloggers at Gung Haggis Fat Choy. In 1993, Wong founded Toddish McWong's Robbie Burns Chinese Ne Year Dinner Gung Haggis Fat Choy which has become one of Vancouver’s most celebrated annual intercultural gatherings and has inspired a CBC TV performance special, a similar version at Simon Fraser University, and other Scottish-Chinese themed dinners on Vancouver Island and Seattle, Washington.

The name Gung Haggis Fat Choy is a combination wordplay on Scottish and Chinese words: haggis is a traditional Scottish food and Gung Hay Fat Choy / Kung Hei Fat Choi is a traditional Cantonese greeting (in Mandarin it is pronounced Gong Xi Fa Cai) used during Chinese New Year has become (in which Wong is the founder and also organizer of). Todd is also a co-author in Eating stories: A Chinese Canadian & Aboriginal Potluck.

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