Re: “Former CFUV Host Leads Hong Kong Alums”
(Torch, Spring 2002). Your reference to Alan Cheung
as the one who started Victoria’s first Chinese
language radio association is an erroneous one.
In fact, I had started the “Voice of the Dragon”
in 1985-86 at CFUV, as the president of the Chinese
Students’ Association. That same year we were
awarded the student union’s “Most Co-operative
Club of the Year” award for our efforts. At
that time, names like “Ching Ching”
(Fancy Ching [BA ’86], and now my wife), Alan,
Lily, “Little Tiger” were almost household
names within the Chinese community. As the “Voices
of the Dragon,” they entertained, informed
and instructed. I was and still am very proud of
the contributions they all made to CFUV, to the
student body at the time and to the Chinese community.
I was therefore disturbed to read the reference
to Alan Cheung as the pioneer of such a radio format.
It was as if all the hard work put in by the team
at that time had not existed. Just thought I should
set the record straight.
David Wong (BSc ’86)
Catherine Morris rejects the “power-based”
approaches to conflict resolution (“Getting
Past Culture Clash,” Torch, Spring 2002).
However she leaves unclear how (and even whether)
the “interest-based” and “transformative”
approaches could resolve conflicts about to erupt
into violence or already violent. Being unclear,
Morris leaves the reader still wondering if she
is or is not “suggesting we negotiate with
terrorists.” It is true that “we live
in a world in which no one truth is accepted as
a universally legitimate moral foundation for
law or public policy.” But does this obligate
countries targeted by terrorist groups to concede
the merits and justifications of the terrorists’
causes? If so, the “root causes” of
terrorist grievances become root justifications
Congratulations on the recent issue of the Torch
(“Expressions of Community,” Spring
2002). It was bright, glossy and interesting.
Equally, I was delighted to find so much about
the relationship between the wider community and
the university. The first issue of the Torch (left)
came out in the fall of 1981 and I was the alumni
co-ordinator and the publisher. Brian Tobin (not
the fishy one), a former editor of the Times of
Victoria, became its editor. I christened it the
Torch and received the blessing of then-president
Howard Petch to go ahead with its publication,
albeit with a limited budget. In order to produce
the paper we needed to resort to advertising and
we had plenty of assistance from the community.
There were many articles in that first effort.
Robin Skelton, head of Creative Writing, Derrick
Sewell, chair of Geography, Harold Foster (Geography),
Cleeve Dheensaw, now a sports writer for the Times
Colonist, and Petch were all contributors. It
was only black and white, but it was a great thrill
to see it come off the presses.
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