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Derwin James Kah Wai Mak

Registered: The International Register of Arms, 14th September 2011. Registration No. 0202. (Vol.2)

Arms: Gules, on a bend Sable fimbriated Or between in chief a bezant pierced square and in base a maple leaf Or a three clawed Chinese dragon passant Argent langued Gules. [As blazoned by the Canadian Heraldic Authority].

Crest: Upon a helmet mantled Gules doubled Or on a wreath Or and Gules an Eagle rising Sable beaked armed and membered Or grasping in the dexter talon a Key ward upward dexter also Or.

Badge: A sun in splendour of twelve rays, pierced square, Or.

Grant: Canadian Heraldic Authority: The Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges of Canada, Volume II, page 10, March 20, 1990.

The arms of Derwin James Kah Wai Mak,

Registration: Bureau of Heraldry (South Africa), registration, certificate 2148, February 9, 1990.

Private Registration: American College of Heraldry, registration number 893, The Heraldic Register of America, Volume Five, June 4, 1990.

The armiger designed and assumed these arms as a university student. When the Canadian Heraldic Authority was established, he petitioned for the arms to be granted to him. He became the second Chinese Canadian to receive a grant of arms from the Canadian Heraldic Authority, preceded only by the Hon. David See-Chai Lam, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.

The colours combine the traditional colours of China (red and gold), the German Empire of 1871 to 1918 (black, white, red), and Canada (red and white). The German Imperial colours and the black eagle are symbols of Germany, referring to the armiger's home town of Kitchener, Ontario, which was known as Berlin before World War I. The eagle holds a key, a medieval symbol of accountants. The "bezant pierced square" resembles an old Chinese coin, another symbol of the armiger's accounting profession. The dragon is another symbol of China, and the maple leaf is a symbol of Canada.

The blazon developed and registered by the South African Bureau of Heraldry is:
Arms: Gules, on a bend Sable fimbriated Or, between in chief a bezant pierced square and in base a maple leaf Or, a Chinese dragon passant Argent, langued Gules.

It differs slightly from the Canadian blazon in that it: specifies the mantling to be red and white instead of red and gold; it does not specify the number of claws on each paw of the dragon, so the dragon can conceivably be drawn with four claws per paw. The illustration shown here is drawn by artist Tina Olah according to the South African blazon.

Ms. Olah's illustration shows two of the armiger's decorations suspended from the shield: the decoration of an Officer of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem and the Golden Order of Merit of the Japanese Red Cross.

The armiger designed his badge by combining the Chinese coin from his coat of arms with the sun in splendour, a European heraldic device. The badge is also reminiscent of another Chinese symbol, the twelve-ray sun that is the national emblem of the Republic of China.

The Badge of Derwin James Kah Wai Mak

The armiger is a chartered accountant, an Officer of the Most Venerable Order of Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, and a Vice-Chair of the Library Committee of the Royal Canadian Military Institute. He has Master's degrees in Accounting (University of Waterloo) and Military Studies (American Military University). Brereton C. Jones, Governor of Kentucky, commissioned him as an honorary Colonel on the Governor's staff. He is also an author of science fiction novels and stories, one of which, "Transubstantiation", won the Aurora Award, Canada's national award for science fiction.

 
 

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