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“Two-Gun” Cohen & China Lecture

February 28, 2023 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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Two Gun Cohen (Morris Cohen) was a realtor in Edmonton in early 20th century. In the dark days of racism against Chinese Canadians, Cohen stood up protecting Chinese Canadians and performed as their spokesman. In early 1923, the Chinese community in Edmonton informed Cohen of the “Act” for help, who was then Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s bodyguard in China. Dr.Sun “dispatched a telegram on May 17, 1923, to the Minister of Interior requesting that discussion of the bill banning immigration be suspended…”

A lecture led by Dr. George Dong, author of General Two Gun Ma Kun- Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Jewish Bodyguard, a biography of an Edmonton-based Jewish Canadian, who travelled to China and
became a leading military advisor for the Chinese army and Dr. Sun Yat-sen (the national father of modern China).

It is the first historical novel in Chinese in memory of Morris Cohen.

This lecture marks the 100 year anniversary of Cohen’s move to China.

George Shouliang Dong, M.A in English Literature from the University of Guelph and ABD in Comparative Literature from the University of Alberta; is a retired Journalist for the CBC and RCI(Radio Canada International), and retired staff reporter for the BBC World Service, and OMNI TV.

He is the recipient of the Daya Feng International Literature Award (2014), First Chinese Film-TV Literature Award (2022), Canada China International Film Festival Script Competition 2022, and Alberta Newcomer Recognition Award (2022).


February 28, 2023
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm EST
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University of Alberta – Pembina Hall 3-58
Pembina Hall
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2H8 Canada
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