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Road Chosen, The; The Story of Lem Wong (3/52)

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Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: White Pine Pictures
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 30 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 1998
Available in French: Yes

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When Lem Wong arrived in Canada from China in 1897, he was only 14. He had travelled from China with his uncle in the hold of a sailing ship. At this time, racism was rampant and Lem could only get menial jobs and he earned a quarter of what a white man would. Eventually, he married and settled in London, Ontario. There, in 1915, he opened a restaurant and introduced an orchestra thereby helping launch the career of local musician Guy Lombardo. But to Lem, his greatest gift to his new country, and the source of his deepest pride, was the education and accomplishments of his eight children. Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Keith Lock's tribute provides rare insight in the Confucian precepts and dogged determination of many early Chinese immigrants. In French: Chemin, Le: l'histoire de Lem Wong