Daily Archives October 3, 2012

the Iron Chink

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“The Iron Chink” was the original title of our graphic novel.  However, a month before the graphic novel went out to the printing press, the title was changed.

In spring of 2012, a controversial issue occurred in the media – in reference to a sports figure incident …a media outlet had used the headline “A Chink in the Armor”. This resulted in an unfortunate reaction which led to our original title being changed.

The real Iron Chink was the name given to a mechanized 1900s salmon gutting and cutting machine. The name reflected the racist attitudes of the time, whereupon the Chinese cannery workers were laid off and replaced by this mechanized fish butchering machine.

Vancouver International Writers Festival 2012

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Hear David Wong and children’s book author, Sarah Tsiang speak at the Vancouver International Writers Festival!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 – 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Improv Centre, Granville Island
Vancouver, BC
$17 / $8.50 for student groups

Ancient and modern history come together this afternoon with two Canadian authors who mine their heritage to show life as it was for Chinese people—in ancient China and not-so-ancient Canada. Sarah Tsiang matches humorous illustrations with thoughtful words to present a panoply of jobs people held in the time of the emperors, from professional wailer to silk maker. David H.T. Wong uses an approachable graphic novel format to tell the story of Chinese newcomers to Canada searching for “Gold Mountain,” an adopted homeland that was often inhospitable. These are important stories to hear, no matter what your background.

Suitable for grades 4–7
View the study guide for this event.

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Please also visit: Sarah Tsiang’s Blog