Wayson Choy: Unfolding the Butterfly (Secrets & Memories)

Wayson Choy: Unfolding the Butterfly (Secrets & Memories)

Release date:

2000

Running time:

41 minutes

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"If no one preserves and treasures what has happened here before, it will all disappear... The human voice that tells the story is one of the essential ways by which we connect with each other...We must treasure that."
     - Wayson Choy

This inspiring documentary explores the rich and extraordinary life of storyteller, sage and activist Wayson Choy through his own words. While his writing focuses specifically on Chinese Canadians, his message crosses the barriers of ethnic origin.

The author recalls his childhood in Vancouver's Chinatown and reads passages from his books The Jade Peony and Paper Shadows. He talks about the process of writing, memory, racism and the importance of history. The video will inspire those interested in Canadian literature whether part of a visible minority or in the mainstream itself.

Discussion guide available for download here:

Wayson_Choy_Discussion__Guide.pdf

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