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THE ROAD CHOSEN: The Story of Lem Wong
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EPISODE: 3 "The Road Chosen: The Story of Lem Wong"
Directed by Keith Lock

SYNOPSIS

Director Keith Lock tells the story of Lem Wong who laboured in Chinese laundries from Vancouver to Cape Breton Island, and finally established Wong's cafe in London, Ontario.

KEY IDEAS

  • Obstacles faced by Chinese immigrants
  • Balance of Confucian/Christian values
  • Contribution of Chinese immigrants to Canada

KEY TERMS

  • Guy Lombardo
  • Feet binding
  • Confucius
  • Entrepreneur
  • Head Tax

OBJECTIVES

  • To understand the contributing factors of Chinese immigration to Canada
  • To appreciate the contributions of Chinese Canadians to Canada
  • To develop a basic awareness of traditional Chinese customs and beliefs

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

  1. Research the life and time of a Chinese laundry. Prepare a one-page summary of the working conditions and lifestyle of the Chinese laundry worker.

  2. Create a life time chart for Lem Wong. Design the chart as a graph, to illustrate the highs and lows of his life.

  3. Interview an immigrant restaurant owner about their establishment. Prepare and present your findings in a two minute oral report on the owner and restaurant.

  4. Design your own restaurant. Include:
    • a name
    • a menu
    • a theme
    • your decor
    • elements for your restaurant
    • a poster to advertise your new hot spot!

  5. Research the Big Band era, particularly in Canada. Interview on audio tape a local senior about their recollections of the Big Band Era.

  6. Write a one page discography on Guy Lombardo, who played at Wong's Cafe.

  7. Imagine you are an immigrant in another country. You have arrived in the country not speaking the language and with only $1,000. Write a 20 point plan on how to get a job, find a home and create a new life for yourself.

  8. Research the Canadian government's anti-Chinese legislation. Imagine that you are a lawyer from the 1920s. Write a letter to the Minister of Immigration, explaining why you think the immigration law is unjust towards the Chinese.


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