The Pender Guy Radio Collective, 1976-1981: The Reunion Show

May 29th, 12.00pm – 1.30pm (PST)

The Pender Guy radio collective grew out of a wave of Chinese Canadian youth activism in the early 1970s, running their operations from Vancouver’s Chinatown. Airing on Vancouver Co-operative Radio (Co-op Radio), the show explored issues related to Chinese-Canadian identity, history, politics, and art through news reporting, interviews, humour, drama, and music. Produced entirely by volunteers, the Pender Guy offered a way for young Chinese Canadians to gain community media skills and counter mainstream media representation of Chinatown and Chinese Canadians. With the City of Vancouver Archives’ recent digitization of the audio tapes, these tapes are now accessible entirely online, becoming an oral history archive of a formative period of Asian Canadian history. Join us as members of the Pender Guy share their memories on the show and play some of their favourite segments from the tapes while the community activists who helped preserve and document the show share the importance of the Pender Guy archives to the community both locally and internationally. Visit the Pender Guy fonds at the City of Vancouver Archives here:

Speakers: Paul Yee, Ramona Mar, Tommy Tao, Jeannie Young, Christy Fong & Rachel Lau
Moderated by Winnie L. Cheung

Paul Yee:

Ramona Mar

  • 1980 on discrimination at Vancouver’s Discoteques.  It is program 229. 

Tommy Tao

  • “Between Us Chinese – relations between immigrant and native born Chinese Canadians”

Jeannie Young: 

  • ON ON TEA garden that starts around the 20 min + segment on this link.   On On was frequented by the locals  

Christy Fong

  • BBQ incident – interview iwth Barry Morgan (then the Federal Health Protection Minister) 

Rachel Lau: 

  • Tom Wah Jow (a Vancouver Chinatown BBQ Meat Merchant).  

We would like to acknowledge that our festival takes place on the unceded traditional territories of the Skwxwú7mesh, Səl̓ílwətaɬ and xʷməθkwəy̓əm First Nations.