Hall of Fame inductee Normie Kwong, the “China Clipper,” was central to the success of the Calgary Stampeders and the Edmonton Eskimos during their Grey Cup triumphs in the 40s and 50s. In a time when many Chinese Canadians were still struggling to overcome decades of job discrimination and racial barriers to career advancement, he was a symbol of hope to Chinese Canadians that their hard work and talent could be recognized and celebrated. His ability to use humour to defuse hostility is perhaps still underappreciated as a sign of the triumph of the human spirit over adversity. Even though Kwong played football in an era when the “colour barriers” broken by Jackie Robinson and Hank Aaron created animosity and even violence, his talent, humour, and ability to take as well as give a good ribbing endeared him to his teammates. Kwong helped popularize Chinese Canadians as a familiar part of the Canadian sports and social landscape. Normie Kwong was the 16th Lieutenant Governor of Alberta and served until 2010.
Produced by: Chinese Canadian Stories (www.chinesecanadian.ubc.ca)
Created by: Jennifer Yip and Ethan Wong
Some other videos of interest:
Normie Kwong on Saltwater City Television (1987):