KWAN, Michael David

Michael David Kwan collapsed onstage during the Victoria Writers’ Festival in 2001 and died May 20, 2001. The playwright, author and translator was born in Beijing on March 6, 1934. In 2000 he won the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Prize for his memoir of family life entitled Things That Must Not Be Forgotten.

[BCBW 2001] "Stageplay"

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Things That Must Not Be Forgotten

Memories of political subterfuge in a privileged Beijing household during the 1930s and 1940s are at the heart of Things That Must Not Be Forgotten by playwright Michael David Kwan (MW&R) of Vancouver. At age 12 he was taken to live with relatives in Shanghai, not sure if he would ever see his family again.