Our newest Heritage Minute celebrates Norman Kwong, the first CFL player of Chinese heritage and 4x Grey Cup winner.
Born in Calgary in 1929, Norman Kwong’s family ran a grocery store located in the historic Bridgeland-Riverside community. Kwong started his professional football career one year after the end of the Chinese Exclusion Act, when Chinese Canadians were granted the right to vote in federal elections.
Kwong was the first CFL player of Chinese heritage, playing first for Calgary and then for Edmonton. During the 43rd Grey Cup, he helped defeat Montreal 34-19. After his football career he was part-owner of the Calgary Flames hockey team, and he would become lieutenant-governor of Alberta in 2005.
Norman Kwong: Patrick Kwok-Choon End Narrator: Andrew Phung Director: Yung Chang 1st Assistant Director: Esteban Sanchez Director of Photography: Alan Poon Camera Operator: Chris Chow Editor: Nina Staum Composer: Tanya Wan Lim Casting director: Betty Tong Production designer: Paul Healy Wardrobe designer: Jayna Mansbridge Hair & Makeup: Libertee Muzyka Written by Yung Chang Producers: Brent Kawchuk, Michelle Wong & Sherra Bridgewater Produced by Danny Rocket Productions
Thank you to William F. White International, Calgary Co-op, and Monarque Entertainment for donating their services.