Presented by: Word Vancouver and the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop
Type: In Conversation
The Diary of Dukesang Wong is more than a keepsake but rather is the documented history through many transitions. This diary is the only known written source of information about the life of a Chinese railway worker in the so-called “Gold Mountain,” as Western North America was optimistically called. This book allows us a glimpse into the past while highlighting how much or how little things have changed and how far we have to go.
Hosted by Todd Wong
Reader: David McIlwraith (editor, The Diary of Dukesang Wong: A Voice from Gold Mountain, Talonbooks). Wanda Joy Hoe (translater, The Diary of Dukesang Wong: A Voice from Gold Mountain, Talonbooks).
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David McIlwraith has been a writer, teacher, actor, and director. During a career in theatre, film, and television, he wrote and directed award-nominated documentaries and television programs, including Celesta Found, The Lynching of Louie Sam, In Chinatown, and Harrowsmith Country Life. He has worked across Canada in the development of new Canadian plays. As an actor, he has played roles from Romeo to Prospero, and he has taught at the University of Toronto and the University of Alberta. He spent a decade searching for and then researching this first-person account of the nineteenth-century Chinese experience in North America. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario, with his wife and daughter and spends summers with friends on Salt Spring Island.
Wanda Joy Hoe
Bio coming soon!