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Found this on angry asian man and was pretty surprised. There are some movies on this comprehensive list that I had never even considered as racist. Dangerous Minds is on this list?! What? But now that I've seen Mickey Rooney's impersonation of an inexorably annoying Japanese neighbour, Mr. Yunioshi and revisited Sixteen Candle's Long Duk Dong, oh my goodness! I realize now that racism in films, whether overt or subtle, really isn't that funny after all. Check it out. Thanks Phil!
Posted by Claudia Ho | January 31, 2010 | Comments (0)
Found out about Doppleganger Week on Facebook from the ladies of Disgrasian. It's a shout-out to every single person out there who wants to have a little fun! Put in a bit of time to find a picture of someone out there (the trend if to pick a celebrity) who bares an uncanny resemblance to you...regardless of what colour of skin you and your doppleganger has. Check it out. I've already changed my avatar!
It's Doppelganger Week on Facebook, a meme created by one Bob Patel-an Indian Tom Selleck-lookalike who I'm not convinced is real-and unlike so many Facebook memes, this one you might actually want to participate in, probably because it doesn't involve divulging embarrassing, oversharesky details from your life to so-called "friends" who, alas, really don't give a shit.
The idea is simple: replace your profile pic with one of your celebrity doppelganger. And don't be a party poop and be like, "I don't have a doppelganger, bah humbug" or "I'm Asian, I can only be Bruce Lee." Facebook hasn't been this much dumb fun since before
my your mother joined, trust.
Chicks of a certain age will recognize my doppelganger's Claudia Kishi from The Baby-sitters Club. And yes, I'm aware she isn't real, but oh how I wish she were, mostly so I could raid her closet and Single Yellow Female her much talked about style.Posted by Claudia Ho | January 31, 2010 | Comments (0)
My dear friend introduced me to this group last year and until recently, Clazziquai has been lost in my iPod amongst the thousands of other artists, who have yet to be heard, enjoyed and appreciated.
This morning, I woke up to the sound of my clock-radio, which plays songs at random, and lucky me, After Love made its way into my sleepy consciousness. I arose with a wonderful sense of contentment and needless to say, I've been in a "Clazzi" mood all day. So I'm excited to share my semi-recent, and most definitely ETHNIC COOL, discovery!
The Clazziquai, also known as, Clazziquai Project, is a South Korean project band whose extensive repertoire fuses several genres of music, including House, Jazz and Electronica. Believe me when I say, the result is melodic and harmonic bliss.Posted by Claudia Ho | January 30, 2010 | Comments (0)
The mecca of all nail polish brands, OPI, is releasing a new line of polishes inspired by Hong Kong. Set for a January/February release, the 12 colours are vibrant and flavourful! The really fun aspect of this line are the names of the polishes themselves:
* Bling Dynasty
* My Red Fortune Cookie
* Hot & Spicy
* Dim Sum Plum
* Jade is the New Black
* Suzi Says Feng Shui
* A Good Man-darin is Hard to Find
* Lucky Lucky Lavender
* Meet Me on the Star Ferry
* Pink Panda-ammonium
* Pearl of Wisdom
* I'm Chop-Ssticking to My Story
The play on words is absolutely genius! My personal favorite is "A Good Man-darin is Hard to Find". While its definitely cool that OPI is channeling an Asian vibe, how about a Malaysian-inspired brand next? Perhaps a "Dragon Eye Red"? "Dangerous Durian Dee-lite"?Posted by Jocelyn Gan | January 27, 2010 | Comments (0)
In support of February 14th Annual Women's Memorial March, an event that commemorates and recognizes all the missing women from the Downtown Eastside and the Coast Salish Territories, The Rio Theatre will be hosting Vancouver Aboriginal Comedy Night on Saturday, February 6th. Come out for a night of rib-shattering laughter and support this worthy cause.
The comedy night is going to feature popular Canadian Aboriginal comedians, including:
with MC Nolan Charles. Frank Wilson will also be coming out to perform a special musical tribute (check out his youtube video here). I predict an exciting night of good old clean (and maybe, not so clean) fun!
Word on the street is that a certain werewolf (*cough* Bronson Pelletier) from New Moon will be coming out to show his support too.Posted by Linda Chan | January 31, 2010 | Comments (0)
Canada for Haiti Special Airs Friday January 22nd
A star-studded lineup of Canadian celebrities is coming together in support of Haiti relief efforts. Top personalities from the Canadian music, film, television and sports worlds have signed on for CANADA FOR HAITI, a one-hour, commercial-free special produced collaboratively between CBC Television, CTV and Global Television.
Canada for Haiti starts Friday January 22nd at:
7pm ET/PT 8pm AT/MT 8:30 NT 9 CT
Hope for Haiti Now starts Friday January 22nd at:
7pm CT 8 ET/PT 9 CT/AT 9:30 NT
» Visit the website cbc.ca/haitirelief/
Co-hosted by George Stroumboulopoulos, Canada for Haiti will feature exclusive Canadian content, exploring our country's close relationship with Haiti in this time of need, and performances from top Canadian musicians.
Donations will be accepted during the broadcast and will go towards a coalition of Canadian NGOs, including Canadian Red Cross Society, Care Canada, Free the Children, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam Quebec, Plan Canada, Save the Children Canada, UNICEF Canada and World Vision Canada.
Hosted by George Clooney in Los Angeles, Haitian-born Wyclef Jean in New York City and CNN's Anderson Cooper in Haiti, HOPE FOR HAITI NOW will feature a star-studded line-up of musical performances and celebrity appearances in support of Haiti relief.Posted by Alden | January 21, 2010 | Comments (0)
What's one part animal fur, one part shoe, and one part a lethal weapon?
Well, that, my fashion forward friends, is an Iris Schieferstein creation. Born in Lich, Germany, Schieferstein has been using dead animals as centerpieces of her art work for years. Her forte lies in her ability to combine fragments of animal parts to create new, albeit unusual, and unique animal hybrids.Posted by Jocelyn Gan | January 26, 2010 | Comments (0)
The Art of Living Foundation Canada is a charitable organization that offers programs to eliminate stress, create a sense of belonging, restore human values and encourage people from all religions and cultural traditions to come together. There vision is to create a stress-free and violence-free society.
The events that they have lined up are their YES!+, youth empowerment and skills training seminars. These workshops that happen every month are designed to meet the needs and demands of young adults and professionals. Participants will look to learn some valuable leadership and communication skills as well as techniques on how to overcome barriers to live life to the fullest and happiest.
Schedule of Events:
January 26th to 31st - YES!+ Vancouver
February 16th to 21st - YES!+ Vancouver
February 23rd to 28th - YES!+ Kamloops
April 6th to 11th - YES!+ Vancouver
For more information regarding these events, please check out www.artofliving.ca.Posted by Linda Chan | January 27, 2010 | Comments (0)
The Iranian Women's Cultural Society celebrated the "Cultural Diversity of Iran" on January 16th, 2010.
It was a fabulous evening of socializing, entertainment and delicious Persian food. This night of shared culture was welcomed by West Vancouver Mayor, Pamela Goldsmith-Jones. "This year is the second year that we got together and the evening was a huge hit last year" Goldsmith stated. The event was also attended by many influential women leaders, who came together to celebrate the arts, culture, and cuisine of Iran. This event shared the experience of Iranian women in Canada.
Tara Yadegary who started off the night, eagerly encouraged Iranian women to collaborate on this occasion.
Ms. Pamela Goldsmith-Jones in the left & Tara Yadegari in the right
Some of the artworks of the Persian Females were displayed along with a performance of traditional Persian dance.Posted by Azam Shaghaghi | January 29, 2010 | Comments (0)
The Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre is putting on a showcase treat for all those looking for a fun, comedic, and steamy night of theatre. Sex In Vancouver follows 4 hot Asian-Canadian women and the hopeless men in their lives. Set up in a unique episodic series of four plays, this is a special performance that condenses the entire series into forty minutes of four plays. Sex In Vancouver has been dubbed as "The Best of Sex in Vancouver", it is bound to make you laugh, cry, lust, and root for its heroines!
CHOP SUEY SPECIAL #10: Serving Up a Decade Of Performances
Saturday, January 23, 2010 @ 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Norman Rothstein Theatre
950 West 41st Avenue, Van BC
General Admission Seating
$25 in advance
$35 at door
(Ticket Prices include 5% GST)
Or you can purchase tickets online through the VACT website.Posted by Jocelyn Gan | January 19, 2010 | Comments (0)
The name Bela Borsodi is synonymous with the term master of fashion still life photography. Borsodi, born in Vienna, produces images that showcase creativity and art at its finest. His photography can be best described as fashion colliding seamlessly with the everyday mundane and the human body to produce provocative, sexy (yet kinky at times), and thrilling portraits of fine art. His photography reminds me of the act of seduction - flirty and sensual messages that say "I want you" to its viewers. But when you think you are going to get lucky and have it all, he teasingly pulls away and leaves you craving for more.
In a 2008 interview with TAXI magazine, Borsodi says of his work:
"I love making things and putting things in an unusual context incorporating various visual languages coming from art and graphic design - eroticism is also a fascination of me that I love exploring."
His talent has been seen in magazine such as Vogue, V Magazine, NY Times Style Magazine, Details, and Wallpaper. He has worked with iconic fashion house Hermes, Selfridges, and Swarovski Crystals (just to name a few).
While photography that uses provocative flair certainly isn't a new concept, Borsodi sets himself apart from the pack by resonating the most inner and secretive desires we, as human beings, have. Whether it be owning materialistic objects such as shoes, bags, or clothes that kindle that desire, or the passionate interactions we have with other people, Borsodi's photography provides us with stimulated images that not only reflect those desires, but in most cases, add fuel to it.Posted by Jocelyn Gan | January 28, 2010 | Comments (0)
I knew that Japanese Americans were forced into camps after the attack on Pearl Harbour, but I had no idea that in British Columbia alone, 22,000 Japanese were interned. Two Views is a photo exhibition of life in camps on both sides of the border. If a picture says a thousand words, this exhibition tells history. It features the American Ansel Adams, as well as Leonard Frank, who worked in Canada. Details are provided on Discover Nikkei:
January 16 - March 13, 2010
Japanese Canadian National Museum, 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby, BC
This compelling collection of photographs by renowned photographers Ansel Adams and Leonard Frank presents two views of Japanese American and Canadian internment and incarceration in the early 1940s.
The exhibition provides an opportunity to reflect on the nature of forced separation and uprooting and the effects that it has on its victims. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, both the Canadian and American governments forced the relocation of citizens of Japanese descent from the coastal regions. Nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans and 22,000 Japanese Canadians were affected. The internment camps for the Japanese Americans were scattered around the US west. In Canada, the B.C. Security Commission was established to oversee the removal to hastily planned camps in the BC interior, or to work and road camps in other parts of the country.
Ansel Adams composed a photo essay, which was exhibited in New York's Museum of Modern Art, about the 1940s internment of Japanese Americans. Adams was later published a book of the called Born Free and Equal: The Story of Loyal Japanese-Americans. You can read about it on Wikipedia or peruse the digitalized edition from the Library of Congress.
More about the artists: Ansel Adams | Copyright: Leonard Frank
The above photo displays a story-book-inspired room, created by Russian interior designer, Maria Yasko who felt the desire to honour and depict the whimsical fantasies of a wonderful Finnish artist/writer named Tove Jansson. But Yasko wasn't the first to honour the Moomin Valley tales.
In 1945, in the midst of World War II, Swedish-speaking minority Tove Jansson, of Finland began to write and illustrate the cheerful Moomin Valley series. The story features white trolls (in actuality, they're hippopotamuses) that reside in a beautiful Finnish forest. The success of the series won Jansson the highly acclaimed Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1966.Posted by Joy | January 26, 2010 | Comments (1)
The New Asia Film Festival is having the first of their 2010 monthly movie screenings, Saturday January 23rd. They will be screening two audience choice award-winning documentaries that follow the lives of Asian young people, Puujee and Hip Hop Storm.
Puujee is a visually stunning film, that displays the effects of globalization on a young Mongolian girl and her family. Hip Hop Storm tells the turbulent story of the different struggles of two generations of Taiwanese hip hop dancers.
For more information please visit www.vnaff.com.
This event will be taking place at the Richmond Cultural Centre 7pm-10pm.Posted by Linda Chan | January 16, 2010 | Comments (0)
Nothing better demonstrates what fashion is all about during the spring season than the Spring/Summer 2010 Collection of House of Issey Miyake. Hailing from Japan, Issey Miyake is known for his simple silhouettes made from eye-catching and complex patterns. And the Spring/Summer 2010 collection does not stray far from his roots.
The collection shows a lot of flashy colours, bold prints, and textiles. It does a great job highlighting the wonderful fusion of colours and patterns and the theme of ethnic to create pieces of daring clothing that make a statement. This collection is definitely not aimed at the fashion-timid. If you're looking to garner attention this spring, then, in my opinion, Issey Miyake's collection is the right choice!Posted by Jocelyn Gan | January 17, 2010 | Comments (0)
One of Canada's theatrical geniuses is set to present a truly unique and breathtaking must-see event. Robert Lepage's The Blue Dragon is part of Legage's exciting and impressive The Dragon's Trilogy. The play revolves around the return of the central figure, who resurfaces in Shanghai after being absent for 20 years. It is set in modern China where "(the main character) encounters with a former art school classmate and a young Chinese artist open unexpected doors and bring about fundamental changes for each of them." Part of one the featured Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad events, The Blue Dragon will be staged at the Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre.
For event info and tickets visit the Cultural Olympiad website.
The play also provides performances in French!Posted by Jocelyn Gan | January 15, 2010 | Comments (0)
Friday night and the lights are low, are you looking out for a place to go? Where they play the right music, showcase talented fashion designers and support a great cause?
This Friday (January 15), head to Gossip Nightclub to support Canadians Helping Kids in Vietnam (CHKV). One of CHKV's programs is to send out medical and dental missions to rural villages in Vietnam. The proceeds from Style Smiles on Vietnam fashion show will help fund these missions.
You do not want to miss this fashion show! The latest collection from Julie Chan's Jolie Couture will be featured among several other talented designers. You may also be one of the many lucky winners of wonderful gift baskets!
The fashion show is from 7:30 to 10:30; after that, a night of dancing awaits!
Put on that smashing outfit, polish those party shoes, and I will see you at Gossip on the 15th.Posted by Angela Jung | January 13, 2010 | Comments (1)
I simply love watching live theatre! Today, I'd like to share with you an upcoming play called Japanglish by Yumi Ogawa.
Yumi is an alumnus of Vancouver's sketch comedy troupe, Assaulted Fish. I've actually met them, watched their skits and they are excessively hilarious and clever. Now I'm even more excited to see Yumi's one-woman show, Japanglish!
Yumi Ogawa dares to explore her autobiographical tale of a unique parent/daughter relationship. She has difficulty speaking Japanese as her parents struggle with English. One house, two languages, two continents, two cultures, two sides desperately trying to reach the other. A story that bravely goes into the humour and heart of a first generation Canadian family. (From Star 9 Productions)
"Rich with comedic culture clashes, but wise with emotional sincerely, Japanglish is a good pairing of strong script and strong performer."
--John Threlfall, Monday Magazine
Catch Japanglish at The Cultch. Contact The Cultch box office at 604.251.1363 or email email@example.com.
Visit Yumi's website for more information.Posted by Angela Jung | January 11, 2010 | Comments (0)
Works of art so often arise from some deep personal feeling or crisis in the lives of their creators that emotion itself is commonly taken as the defining characteristic of art as the same as poem, painting and music; carpet the art works of feelings and emotions moves the soul in regard .
The Persian rug is a vitality part of Persian carpet in art and cultur. Seven types of Persian rugs Afshar Rugs, Tabriz Rugs, Kashan Rugs, Kerman Rugs, Baluch Rugs, Shiraz Rugs and Wiss Rugs exist today.
An inspirational, thought-provoking and an abstract carpet art work, I believe is on display in rugs made by Nomad Persian Girls to express their feelings.Posted by Azam Shaghaghi | January 8, 2010 | Comments (0)
Charles Kuen Kao, widely regarded as the "Father of Fiber Optic Communications", was awarded half of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics for "groundbreaking achievements concerning the transmission of light in fibers for optical communication" which was called "masters of light," because they found new ways of handling and capturing light by the Nobel Committee.
Two other researchers at Bell Laboratories, in New Jersey, the American George Smith and a Canadian-American Willard Boyle have received a quarter of the prize for developing "charge-coupled devices".
Kao's discovery of imperfections in early fiber-optic cables made it possible to create the long fiber-optic cables that are the backbone of today's phone networks and the Internet.Posted by Azam Shaghaghi | January 8, 2010 | Comments (0)
Simon Fraser University's Philosophers' Café, in collaboration with Schema Magazine, presents a special discussion exploring the ethics and repercussions of Canada's recruitment of health care workers from the Philippines.
Thursday January 14, 2010 | 7-9 PM
Rhizome Cafe | 317 East Broadway (directions below)
Everyone welcome. Admission by donation. Registration not required.
Facebook Event Page
The yearly loss of more than 5,000 health workers (doctors, nurses, physical therapists, caregivers) to countries around the world has serious ramifications that affect the health of Filipinos. At the crux of this migration phenomena is a moral question: Is it ethical for developed countries to recruit health workers from developing countries?
Short presentations will be made by Lawrence Santiago, a PhD Candidate who will share some of his fieldwork and research on the recruitment of Filipino health workers around the world; Jeremy Snyder, a Philosophy/Health Sciences Professor at Simon Fraser University, whose writing has focused on ethical obligations in the areas of health worker migration; and Nora Angeles, an Associate Professor at the School of Community and Regional Planning and the Women's and Gender Studies Undergraduate Program at the University of British Columbia (you can read more about Nora's work on the CWAGS Faculty website).
An ongoing effort of SFU's Continuing Studies to facilitate meaningful discussion, open to the public, on 'burning issues of the day', the award-winning SFU Philosophers' Cafe celebrates 12 years in Metro Vancouver. Check the 2010 cafe calendar at philosopherscafe.net.
How to get to Rhizome Cafe: We encourage you to take public transit. Get directions at translink.ca. Otherwise please carpool.Posted by Gayatri Bajpai | January 14, 2010 | Comments (0)
In partnership with the IKBLC, NAAAP Vancouver and sponsored by the UBC Graduate School of Journalism.
Schema Magazine is proud to present David Beers, Editor of theTyee.ca, an independent daily online magazine reaching every corner of B.C. and beyond. David has won national awards for his journalism in Canada and the United States, and is widely recognized as pioneering a model for independent online news magazines.
Friday January 22nd, 2010 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Victoria Learning Theatre | The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre | University of British Columbia (directions and address below)
Free Event. RSVP required as seating is limited. Please visit NAAAP Vancouver to reserve a seat.
Facebook Event Page
Writing for The Globe and Mail, Vancouver Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Harper's, National Geographic and many other publications. David Beers was also a founding member of IMPACS, a Vancouver non-profit firm providing media help to non-profit groups, former vice chair of the Vancouver City Planning Commission, and a lecturer at the UBC School of Journalism. With this, David Beers comes to share his experiences working in the media, and to discuss alternative news sources in conjunction with media democracy.
This special event is part of iWriteAboutMe.com, a monthly series of web writing workshops and speakers, featuring some of the most pioneering, innovative and ethnic cool voices on the Internet.
iWriteAboutMe.com is sponsored by The Laurier Institution and presented in partnership with the:
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (University of British Columbia), the North American Association of Asian Professionals Vancouver (NAAAP), theTyee.ca, Fresh Media (Vancouver), the Office of Learning Technology (University of British Columbia), and the Museum of Vancouver.For information on upcoming workshops, please visit iWriteAboutMe.com
How to get to the IKBLC (UBC):We encourage you to take public transit. Get directions at translink.ca. Otherwise please carpool. Maps for cyclists and drivers. Visitor Parking Information. Posted by Gayatri Bajpai | January 18, 2010 | Comments (0)
For those who have found SchemaMag.ca to be too "Asian" here is a POLISH Wycinanki inspired candle: Diptyque's Holiday 2009 Benjoin Candle! It was listed as #2 on Trace Magazine's 2009 holiday gift ideas for men. It's a salute to the folk art form of paper-cutting that had been passed down through generations of shepherds. It also promises to smell good.Posted by Joy | January 8, 2010 | Comments (0)
North America has certainty produced some of the world's greatest pop artists. From Michael Jackson, to Prince, to Madonna, the eighties and nineties have been filled with delicious and unforgettable pop tunes. But that was 3 decades ago. Today when I turn on the radio my ears start to bleed with the noise that I hear. Insanely catchy hooks and choruses that were the foundation of pop music seem to be a thing of the past. Instead it has been replaced with auto-tune and unoriginal material. I think it's time North America take a hint from Korea. A big hint.
Korean pop music, or simply known as K-Pop, is the savior to my deprived ears. Only one word is needed to describe the sound of K-Pop: Popgasmic. Artists such as Girls Generation, Super Junior, Boa, Wonder Girls, and 2NE1 are just some of the great pop acts that have come out of Korea.
Sure, I have no idea what these artists are singing about. But does it matter? Not in my books.Posted by Jocelyn Gan | January 4, 2010 | Comments (0)
From ibelieveinadv.com: I love Korean advertising. Here's a great example of a very clever advertising campaign by Diamond Ogilvy Advertising Agency in Seoul, Korea. This outdoor interactive ad, "Get the native tongue" shows how hungry the ESL market is in Korea.
Creative Director: Kyoungjoo Lee
Art Directors: Dabok Kim, Jihye Kim
Copywriters: Yujean Bahk, Howard Han
Chief Creative Officer: Wain Choi
Pizza Hut Korea: Shrimp Running, also by Diamond OgilvyPosted by Alden | January 18, 2010 | Comments (0)
The 25@25 video contest, What's your vision for Canada's future with Asia? is around the corner (deadline is on January 15, 2010!).
Ziya Tong and Nobu Adilman are Canadian television personalities, and they will be judging entries from the 25@25 video contest. Be sure to check out their interviews in the In-Depth section.
» Ziya Tong speaks about 25@25, by Nisha Sikka
» Nobu Adilman speaks about 25@25, by Rachel Chua
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Sometimes it's just too cold to get out and you just want to stay home and watch a good movie. For those of you still wondering what to watch, you are in luck! Hot off the press, Matthew Tsang, SchemaMag.ca's DVD editor reveals his DVD Hot-List for this winter!
» Winter DVD Hot-List, by Matthew Tsang
Posted by Linda Chan | January 4, 2010
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Uji-Kintoki, a popular japanese dessert with shaved ice chips, green tea/matcha powder, red beans, and condensed milk, which can come in many variations is now also available in the form of a Kit Kat bar. Can the Kit Kat bar, a crisp wafer drenched in chocolatey goodness, get any better? Check it out on Giantjeanparlor's blog in the Japanese Candy Friday section. She suggests to eat it frozen, as a before-bed-snack, on a hot summer night. The blog and the Kit Kat will surely satiate the adventurer's sweet-tooth needs.
Facing Japan, a project by UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, is an interactive site that features ten short videos of Japanese and Japanese American people sharing their struggles with identity and tradition in changing times. Half of the videos are about Japanese Americans in San Francisco, but I've picked three set in Tokyo that show a side of Japan I've seen less of, the side that has nothing to do with Japanese tech-savvy or fitted clothes. Rather, they feature individuals whose unique voices belie stereotypes of Japanese conformity. We see a national policy of making people diet, teen gays dealing with coming out, and dating in a less traditional era.
Marriage Hunters | Clayton Trosclair
This video features dinner parties, organized by 'marriage-hunters', that sometimes look rather awkward...
Side note: And how can you blame the singles? The pressure is on when the invitation says "Come have dinner. Oh, and P.S. FIND A LIFELONG PARTNER." Then again, first dates always come with a generous helping of awkward, even if marriage isn't immediately on the menu.
One woman explains that the Japanese are not as quick to get to know one another as Americans are. What's striking about this video is that some Japanese are actually having a harder time making important life choices like whom to wed, without older traditions (such as arranged marriage) to guide them. Businesses are now jumping in to take on some of the burden...and to take advantage of flailing singles in a big dating pool with a little cash to spend.
Come Out, Speak Out | Tyler Snipe
Shoto Kamichi is just like every other recently 'outed' gay teen, but the problem is, there aren't any others in Japan. Or so, it would appear. Says Kamichi, "Since I was young, I have always felt that the mood in Japan was that there are no gay people, and if there are, they are disgusting." He grins while his boyfriend, who is not yet out and understandably camera-shy, floats somewhere just outside of view. Kamichi's cheerfulness and realism are striking. He maintains that he doesn't think things will get any worse for the gay community in Japan, but also does not think they'll get any better. In the meantime, he and a small local community continue to organize pride parades and events. They are trying to become more 'visible'.
Weight Watchers | Nick Burns
I don't know what's worse: that Japan has declared war on fat, or that America hasn't. It looks like the extra pounds Japan wants to trim from its collective population would probably balance out the weight of a supersized meal at McD's. Jokes and skewed North American sensibilities aside, I think it's worth pointing out, as an overweight photographer does in this video, that perhaps being fat is a lifestyle that people should have the right to choose. Even if they are in fact, deemed "borderline" health cases by the government's measuring tape.
Whether it's Aya Kamakawa, the first transgendered politician, or Takahashi, a law professor whose soft spot for beer and slightly mushy waistline make him a government statistic, fringe voices have their say in Facing Japan.
You can watch all the videos on the Washington Post as well as read more about the project.Posted by Gayatri Bajpai | January 7, 2010 | Comments (0)
In January 2010, watch out for Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures, a new Canadian television series about young med-students-turned-doctors. Based on the critically acclaimed, Scotiabank Giller Award-winning book by Vincent Lam, the eight-part drama will premiere on HBO Canada on Sunday, January 10, 2010 at 8 p.m. ET/MT.
There's nothing like a good medical drama to get the pulse racing and the tear ducts welling up, especially one that can boast a love triangle. Starring Canadian actor Byron Man (great news for all you Dragon Boys fans), who of course has the girl, Vancouver-born-and-raised Mayko Nguyen (whom you might know from ReGenesis). The real question is, can he keep her?
Synopsis from HBO Canada:
Set in the fictional Toronto Mercy Hospital, the one-hour, eight episode series follows the lives of three talented, driven and conflicted doctors —Fitz (Shawn Ashmore), Ming (Mayko Nguyen) and Chen (Byron Mann)—and draws back the curtain on their lives as they tend to medical emergencies, perform surgeries and manage their own emotional triage. Fitz is a troubled air ambulance doctor with a lust for life and alcohol, who has never gotten over his love for Ming. A painfully private OB/GYN, Ming is torn between Fitz and her husband Chen, an even-tempered physician hiding a sea of emotion. Through a series of events the three doctors are reunited at the hospital where they struggle to resolve some unfinished business and put their feelings from the past to rest.
Read more on Corus entertainment | Watch the trailer from Shaftesbury | Vincent Lam's official website | Vincent Lam's 'Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures' to be made into TV series (from nationalpost.com)Posted by Gayatri Bajpai | January 2, 2010 | Comments (0)
A Brief History of Life by Tenzin Jangchup
RCI's Digital Diveristy Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary 2007
Have you ever wanted to share your cultural experiences, history, or even the roots of your identity, but couldn't find a place? Don't worry! We have just the right place!
Radio Canada International's special project team is launching The Roots Challenge, a national competition of short films and multimedia productions. This video challenge allows you to share your culture, your history, and how you see the world. Roots is a reflection of your identity and consequently what makes Canada what it is today.
The Roots Challenge is open to all Canadians and permanent residents, 18 years and older, who wish to submit a video or multimedia production, 3 to 8 minutes in lengh.
For more detailed information: http://roots.rcinet.ca/rules
For those of you interested, keep in mind that the deadline for the submission of video is March 7th 2010!Posted by Tiffany Zhao | January 8, 2010 | Comments (0)
Angry Asian Man
What Phil Yu has to say about the bloggers gracing the cover of Issue 19: TRAILBLAZING:
Yes, I'm aware that Olivia Munn is on the cover of Maxim. Looking good too. But whatever. Forget that. The real hottest ladies on the internet are currently rocking the cover of Hyphen. My pals Jen Wang and Diana Nguyen, the brainy and beautiful bloggers behind Disgrasian, are the cover gals of Hyphen's "Trailblazing" issue.
I love it. Lots of good stuff inside too, including interesting features on Asian Americans serving in the Obama White House, to Asian Americans gaining visibility in the wine industry. Get your copy on newsstands, or better yet, subscribe to the magazine here at the discounted rate of $16 for 4 issues ($2 off).
Who doesn't love the Disgrasian girls, huh? Great job girls!Posted by Alden | January 28, 2010 | Comments (0)
In November 2009, CBC television aired an "Ethnic All-Stars" episode of Just For Laughs. In case you missed it, it's now watchable online. Hosted by one of Canada's most popular comedian, Shaun Majumder, and featuring stand-up comedy by American Steve Byrne, a Korean-Irish hapa, American Rachel Feinstein, Nigerian American comedian and actor Godfrey, and Italian Canadian Frank Spadone. Watch the entire episode at cbc.ca/video.Posted by Alden | January 15, 2010 | Comments (0)
Comme Les Chinois
It seems everything done in Montreal is just way cooler than done otherwise in any other part of the country. Montreal's second Chinatown gives rise to the growing Asian scene and it is not only a place for the older Chinese generation, tourists, or for westernized versions of Asian culture as most Chinatowns tend to be. Rather, this second Chinatown appeals to and warmly welcomes students, locals and new habitants of Montreal.
As Cedric Sam, writer and visionary of Comme Les Chinois, mentions in his blog, "Chinatown Two" is a place for a variety of delectable (and genuine) Asian food, hair salons, clothing stores, and grocery stores. This Chinatown is an actual community, where culture is lived and shared, rather than replicated and displayed for the tourists.
The above photos are extracted from Cedric Sam's Comme Les Chinois. A big thank you to Cedric!Posted by Alden | January 5, 2010 | Comments (0)