Author Feature - June 2021
Wayne was born and raised by Chinese immigrant parents in downtown Toronto who fed him a steady diet of bitter melons and kung fu movies. He's been a social worker for over thirty years, but lives to travel, write and eat, preferably all at the same time. His ideal world is just and driven by compassion, filled with exhilarating travels, interesting eats, and locked in writing. He's inspired by unforgettable personalities and diverse characters, many of whom dot his two published novels, and a third in the query stage.
September 21, 1970
My name is Johnny Wong I am in grade 5 and go to Orde street public school and I live in Toronto. Mrs Clover is my teacher. She said I have to do a riting project like rite to a pen pal. She said a pen pal is like a best friend in a far away place. She said she will exchange these letters with a grade 5 class in Idaho every month. I am sorry but I have a for real friend now. His name is Rollie. He rents a room beside us except we have the biggest room in the house and we share the washroom and the kitchen with him and two younivercidy univercidy students in the rooms down stairs. Rollie is rich. He says he is in the awqwasition ocwasition of fine things and buys and sells and trades shiny things like forks and jewals and really old money. My mother likes that I have a friend who does not tease me. Rollie is very kind. Some times I want to call him dad but my for real father is in Vancoover. It was Rollie who gave me my first pack of hockey cards. Now I have 90 cards. Some day I hope to get a Dave Keon rookie card. So I do not need another friend. Unless you can make the new student Barry Arble stop calling me names and getting me into trouble.
September 25, 1970
I do not no what to rite. Mrs Clover said I could rite any thing. She said why not rite about Cebbec Qebec Kebec. But I know nothing about Kebec except that some body is all ways blowing up bombs there and wants to go away. So I picked riting about my faverit hockey team the Toronto Maple Leafs. My faverit player is Dave Keon. He won the award for fairest and hardest working player two times and one for being the best player in the play offs. What is your faverit team. Please do not say the Montreal Canadians. I asked Mrs Clover if Dave Keon could be my pen pal too but she said no because hockey players treat woman like cattel catell caddle cows. But I have never seen any cows at hockey games. Or woman neither. Axsept Except in the stands.
September 28, 1970
Mrs Clover said I have to rite enough letters to fill a yellow envelope before she sends them to you. She said I should rite about my home and family or our friends and what it is like in Canada or else I get another detenshin. We live near the univercity of Toronto beside queens park and near china town. Do you have a china town in Idaho. We are on Henry street where many chinese live. There are many gwhy low on the street too. gwhy low is what my mother calls white people but she never says that when Rollie is around. Many of them are rich and have houses all to them selfs. My biggest enemy Barry Arble moved into the house at the corner of Henry street and Baldwin street. He said he was in jewvee for beating up people but he was not afraid. He said if I dont smarten up he will get them to send me to jewvee too so I pushed him then Mrs Clover came over and made me stand by the wall even though it was his fault.That made me wonder if he could really get me sent to jewvee because it would be bad being away from mother plus how will father find me. The Catwoman next door to us is the scariest gwhy low. Rollie is my faverit gwhy low. He has a beerd and mustash and side burns. He says it is his Castro look. He is from Mane, United States. That is beside New found land. Is Mane near Idaho. My mother said he is a draft doger. But I have never seen him run. He has lots of friends down the street. They play gitar drink beer and smoke until very late at night. One time Rollie thru his cigaret into Meany Mings garden. She got real mad and began to wave her skinny bean pole arms at Rollie. He worn his make love not war t shirt and pretended to be her by skwinting his eyes and swearing with fake chinese words. But I know he really likes chinese people because he said Mao was a groovy dude and a friend of people everywhere. That made me think that if the bombers from Kebec attack Canada China will come to our rescue. I told this to mother and she agreed.