Victoria Poon, Swimmer

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Born in Hong Kong in 1984, Victoria Poon started swimming as a child. She continued to swim after she immigrated in Canada with her family. Now she is the Canadian 50M women freestyle record holder. Victoria Poon participated in the … Continued

Phan Thi Kim Phuc

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Kim Phuc is best known as “the girl in the picture”, the Pulitzer Prize-winning photo taken by Nick Ut in 1972 at the height of the Vietnam War. She was 9 years old then, napalm bombs were accidentally dropped on … Continued

Kim Thuy, Novelist

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Marc Montgomery, host of the RCI show The Link, talks to Kim Thuy about her award-winning first book called “Ru”. In the semi-autobiographical Ru, we follow the author from a privileged family in Hanoi, to the terrors of fleeing the … Continued

Joy Kogawa, Poet and Novelist

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Born in Vancouver in 1935, Joy Kogawa and her family were forcibly sent to internment camps along with 22,000 other Japanese-Canadians during WWII.

Russell Peters, Stand-up Comedian

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Stand-up comedy has played a huge role in our understanding of race issues. When it comes to how Canadians feel about skin colour, ethnicity and stereotypes, no comedian has had more impact than Russell Peters. His own story mirrors our … Continued

Ujjal Dosanjh, Lawyer and Politician

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Born in 1947 in Punjab, India, Ujjal Dosanjh immigrated to England at the age of 17, and came to Canada four years later. Dosanjh has a B.A. in political science from Simon Fraser University, and a law degree from UBC. … Continued

Patrick Chan, Figure Skater

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Born in 1990 into a Chinese-Canadian family, Chan started skating at the age of 5. Patrick Chan’s parents immigrated to Canada from Hong Kong when they were kids. He is the 2011 & 2012 World champion, a two-time (2010 & … Continued