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China Clipper

Pro football's first Chinese-Canadian player, Normie Kwong

By Richard Brignall

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Series: Lorimer Recordbooks

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Normie Kwong's parents immigrated to Canada from China in the early 1900s. For them, and many other Asian immigrants, moving meant having to face both the government's anti-Asian policies and society's attitude of Chinese exclusion. But Normie overcame it all and, despite his small stature, in 1948 he became the youngest footballer ever to play in a Grey Cup game.
Nicknamed the "China Clipper" as a nod to both his Chinese heritage and his record-setting speed on the football field, Kwong went on to become a hero and popular sports role model for generations of football fans in the West. After retiring from football, Kwong entered politics and was later appointed Lieutenant Governor of Alberta. [Fry Reading Level - 4.9

Contents

Prologue

1. The Struggle to be Canadian

2. The Unlikely Neighbourhood Star

3. The Benchwarmer

4. Calgary's Big Game

5. First-String Starter

6. Injury Scare

7. Battle of Alberta

8. Edmonton's Time to Shine

9. A Football Revolution

10. A Battle to the End

11. The Western Underdogs

12. Kwong's Last Stand

13. Not a Fluke

14. The City of Champions

15. Endgame

Epilogue

Football Basics

Glossary

Acknowledgements

About the Author

Photo Credits

Index

RICHARD BRIGNALL is a sports writer who has written numerous books on superstar athletes, including George Chuvalo, Lionel Conacher, and Fergie Jenkins.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 152 pages
Publication Date: 7th September 2010
ISBN: 9781552775271
Format: 7in x 4.25in

Binding: Hardback, 152 pages
Publication Date: 18th October 2010
ISBN: 9781552775288
Format: 7in x 4.25in

Binding: Electronic book text
Publication Date: 22nd February 2012
ISBN: 9781552775264
Format: EPUB

BIC Code: 1KBC, YNH, YNW, YXN
BISAC Code:  JNF007100, JNF025050, JNF053140, JNF054050
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 12 To 18
Fry Reading Level [grade]: 4.9
Lexile Reading Level: 780L

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