k'Now Theatre Presents the World Premiere of
Pu-Erh: Life begins when you move away.
Written by Norman Yeung / Directed by Keira Loughran
A hit at the 2005 and 2007 SummerWorks Theatre Festival in its early stages, k'Now Theatre is thrilled to present the world premiere of Norman Yeung's highly acclaimed full-length play Pu-Erh, to coincide with Asian Heritage month.
Running May 6-15 in the Backspace at Theatre Passe Muraille, and May 21, 22 & 23 at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, Pu-Erh, (named for the tea that the family shares) is a portrait of a Chinese-Canadian family who have endured the often destructive effects of moving away from their homeland.
A son is leaving. Hours before the flight, son and father try to have a conversation. The father speaks only Cantonese, the son only English. They drink tea. They have decades of regret and silence to reconcile. The son returns five years later to a changed family, to a mother he hardly recognizes. She has gone on a journey of her own. She must rediscover the joy of being a parent to her child; the son must learn the responsibility of being a child to his parents. A story of unfulfilled hopes and remarkable achievement, Pu-Erh shows how language can challenge, divide, and unite a family. With dialogue in English and Cantonese, this fresh and urgent examination of a modern immigrant family will speak to anyone who has wondered if life begins when you move away.Posted by Tiffany Zhao | April 30, 2010 | Comments (1)
The Best of I Can't Believe it's Not Butter Chicken! A live sketch comedy show. It is going to be like having Saturday Night Live right here in Vancouver with some soul singing and Bollywood dancing.
Bollywood Shenanigans is Vancouver's very own South Asian sketch comedy group with a white terrorist. The group has toured all over North America to Mumbai and have sold out a number of shows. Check out the ladies and gentlemen featured in the show. I Can't Believe it's Not Butter Chicken! has themes such as race and diasporas throughout their sketches. Themes which they also poke fun at. Making these serious issues more relatable and easier to discuss. As an added plus, the show will be sexy, it will be edgy, and most importantly it will be hilariously R-rated.
Come out for a night of ethnic Saturday Night Live-esque sketches, and get your fun-on in preparation for summer.
When: May 13th-15th, 2010
Time: 8pm each night with a 4pm Matinee show on May 15th
Tickets: $20 at the door
$15 in advance
Advance Tickets are available now at:
www.ticketmaster.ca (search for Butter Chicken)
Kamals Video Palace (Surrey)
Main Video (Vancouver)
Location: CBC Radio Vancouver-Studio 700
700 Hamilton Street
It's only been a couple of months since Lady Gaga's controversial 9-minute long music video, Telephone, hit the Internet and overtook everyone's Facebook and Twitter status updates and blog entries, but another music video in the form of a short film has arrived. Now, the internet is buzzing over electro-hip-hop artist M.I.A.'s Born Free video.
Directed by Romain Gavras, the ultra-violent Born Free music video plays more like a post-apocalyptic short film than traditional music videos. In fact, M.I.A. doesn't even make a single appearance during the entire ten minutes of the video, while the actual song plays more like background music.
What really sets this video apart from others, however, is the concept: the US military rounding up red-haired youngsters and killing them seemingly for sport. I cannot speak on behalf of M.I.A. and Romain Gavras as to the exact message, but I certainly can see an allusive reference to the persecution of visible minorities by what appear to be government-sponsored soldiers.
The sheer brutality and unabashedly graphic scenes in the video make it fairly clear that both M.I.A. or Romain Gavras had the intention to spark some controversy and capture everyone's attention. So violent is the music video, in fact, that even Youtube has removed it from its popular video website.
Watch the video and judge for yourself.
WARNING: This video is very disturbing, with many scenes of graphic violence and nudity. Watch at your own discretion.
Read about it here in the Vancouver Sun.Posted by Adrian Bailon | April 29, 2010 | Comments (0)
As promised here is my question and answer session with Matthew Tsang from reigning champions Asians Bleed Red! Etch-Your-Sketchoff is happening this week on April 28 & 29 at the Roundhouse Performance Centre. You can catch Matt's team performing on Wednesday April 28. So come on out for a comedy filled night and support your favorite team! For more info please visit http://www.vact.ca.
Can you introduce the team members and give us a hidden talent/fun fact each member has?
Our team comprises of David, VJ, Thi, Ana, Anita, Jon, and I (Matt). Our hidden talents? We're all really funny.
How do you plan on crushing the competition?
Probably some sort of sabotage. We'll see.
Why is your team better than the other teams?
Probably because of the aforementioned sabotage.
If you could choose a theme song for the team, what would it be?
"We must be swift as a coursssinnnggg rivvveerrrr". You know that Moulin Rouge song? We sang it last year in our sketch.
Are there any comedians you would love to work with?
All the comedians I want to work with are in this group.
What would be your Jersey Shore names (ie. "The Situation", "JWow")?
Our group doesn't watch that
I am really excited for this event.
Not only because one of our own here at Schema is a part of this, but because I love a night filled with stage comedy and laughter. Seven groups of Asian Canadian performers and writers officially sign up in response to an open invitation from Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (VACT) to gather, perform and compete in its annual ETCH-YOUR-SKETCHOFF sketch comedy competition at the Roundhouse Performance Centre on April 28 & 29.
This years returning teams are SFUU MAN CHU, YANGTZER, BANANADRAMA, LAUGHING MAKE MIND DRAMA, and returning champions ASIANS BLEED RED. New to the competition are BEEF NOODLE SOUP and ANGRY ASIAN MEN.
This event has provided the opportunity for many Asian stand-up comedians and groups from all over Canada and the US to show off their talent to public audiences around Vancouver.
Stay turned for my interview with ASIANS BLEED RED!
You can find more information about the event and groups here.
@ Roundhouse Performance Centre
Davie & Pacific Blvd., Vancouver
Performance Dates and Showtime
April 28 and 29 - Both performances at 7:30 PM
$18 general admission (in advance)
By phone (604) 713-1800 / in person @ the Roundhouse / online (www.VACT.ca)
$23 reserved section (in advance)
$23 general admission only (at the door - cash only)
In honor of Earth Day, Schema's People To Watch Investigator Jocelyn Gan, profiled Vancouverite's very own Eco friendly Coke designer Andrew Kim. Andrew is definitely an up-and-coming innovative designer to keep your eyes on.Posted by Christina J. | April 23, 2010 | Comments (0)
Photos: Alden E. Habacon
Canada has a natural appeal. It's beautiful. There's no doubt that the natural environment is a big part of Canadian identity. It's by far the one thing that Canadians are the most proud of.
Rather than just celebrating the planet and thinking about how we can show it more love (because we really should be doing that all-year long), Earth Day is the perfect time to reflect on how the environment has shaped us as individuals.
If you grew up in Canada, it's a big part of your childhood.Posted by Alden | April 23, 2010 | Comments (0)
While Canadians celebrate Earth Day 2010 with various events to help promote the importance of conservationism and sustainability. As a global community, it's important to also take note of the various other events being held worldwide for Earth Day.
Take Tokyo, for instance. When we think of Tokyo, we usually think of technology, anime and manga, and random crazy game shows - but did you know that last year's Earth Day Tokyo festival was actually the largest Earth Day festival in the world? There were an estimated 130,000 people who attended Earth Day Tokyo festivities which started off at Yoyogi Park in Shibuya.
"Earth Day is the place for very serious people to get together and talk about any subject on the planet, but also a lot of fun and good food," novelist and environmentalist C.W. Nicol, the chairman of the Earth Day Tokyo 2009 Committee, told The Japan Times. "And it's not a protest. It's a celebration. If it was a protest I would not have anything to do with it."
Much like previous years, this year's Earth Day Tokyo - held last week from April 17-18 - featured music through acoustic instruments, locally-grown organic foods for sale (patrons will need to pay an extra 50 yen to 'rent' reusable dishes), and various talks and presentations on a stage powered by solar generated electricity.
Environmental sustainability is a huge concern for many of Japan's younger generations, and there are many year-round events and practices that are going on in the country. Check out Greenz.jp, a website presenting "creative ideas for sustainability, daily from Japan," for a glimpse of some of the interesting green activities the Japanese are doing. Sustainability is not just a new, radical Western concept, and we here in Canada need to recognize the efforts that are happening all over the world to feel like we are not alone in shaping the future of the environment.
With that said, let's all try to get involved - not just for Earth Day, but all year round. If you're not sure how to get started, David Suzuki's website would probably be the place to point you in the right direction. Happy Earth Day, Canada!Posted by Adrian Bailon | April 22, 2010 | Comments (0)
NFB's Work for All
As I Am is an experimental short film by director Nadia Myre that features a series of photographs of Aboriginal people in the workplace, with a voiced over narration of a piece by Mohawk poet Janet Marie Rogers.
You know that famous picture of an old lady that becomes a young woman if you shift perception, change your focus to different features of the same drawing? The photos in As I Am are not illusions, they are pictures of individals whose identities are whole and intact. We, their colleagues, employers, employees, should be able to see both the Aboriginal person and the worker.
As I Am asserts their right to be recognized as Aboriginal people and also respected as members of the workforce. It asks for everyone to work together, to make a currency of respect and trade in it. The film leaves unsaid what is the more commonly realized altenative: commodifying identity and trading in stereotypes, paying Aboriginals less for equal work. Writes Aisling Chin-Yee of Work for All:
...the statistics suggest discrimination on the part of Canadian employers and show a major divide between the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal workforce. A recent study by Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) entitled "The Income Gap between Aboriginal Peoples and the rest of Canada" was brought to our attention by The Colour of Poverty network, highlighting that Aboriginal peoples earn on average 30 percent less than non-Aboriginal people and experience the highest rate of income inequality in the country.
This is a continuing trend, and often boilerplate reasons are given to explain the disparity between the Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal workers - location, lack of education and other more racist in nature. You can read the entire study here; it is the first of its kind.
So we hope that this film is part of a growing media movement to celebrate the skills and contributions of Aboriginal people to society, but also to make non-Aboriginal people sit up and listen. Public perception needs to change along with wage disparities.
Watch the film and read more on the Work for All website.Posted by Gayatri Bajpai | April 22, 2010 | Comments (0)
Designer Romain Kremer has joined forces with German Eyewear maker MYKITA to create the new YURI sunglasses. Luxuo helps to explain the sunglasses that are about two horns short from the mask Nite Owl uses in Watchmen:
"The design of the sunglasses were inspired by the first man in outer space, Yuri Gararin, and you can really see the inspiration in the design.
Available in two colors, red and black, the MYKITA Romain Kremer YURI glasses will have limited availability."
These new "sunglasses" have the ability to block the sun from your two normal eyes, your third eye, and the top of your head (you know, in case you don't want those UVs attacking your scalp).
Call me a philistine, but I have no intention in looking like a fashionable Robocop.
Posted by Matthew Tsang | April 22, 2010 | Comments (1)
Last weekend, Lady Gaga arrived in Tokyo to perform in two sold-out concerts in nearby Yokohama Arena. Lady Gaga is, of course, very well known not just for her pop tunes, but for her outrageous sense of style. Likewise, the younger generation of Tokyo residents - especially in the Shibuya and Harajuku districts - are recognized around the world for their daring and sometimes outright bizarre fashion sense.
Needless to say, Japanese Lady Gaga fans came out in full force and dressed to impress for both nights of shows in Yokohama. Particularly interesting was how, despite the obvious references to Lady Gaga's more famous past outfits, there were still many fans who fused Gaga's style with Japanese subculture fashions -- including Lolita Gaga, Mori-Girl Gaga, Gyaru Gaga.
I don't know about you, but I'm pretty sure Tokyo is quite possibly the only city in the world where Lady Gaga fans can appear more larger-than-life than Lady Gaga herself. Whether you think it's fashionable or just plain insane, Tokyo fans deserve props for one-upping Gaga while representing their own styles.Posted by Adrian Bailon | April 23, 2010 | Comments (3)
Keith Elam, better known to his fans as hip-hop Guru, has died from cancer-related complications at the age of 43.
Guru's health had been on a roller coaster ride as of late, after having suffered a heart attack and falling into a coma on March 2. He underwent heart surgery and seemed to have recovered from that medical crisis, only to succumb to his battle with cancer on April 19.Posted by Adrian Bailon | April 21, 2010 | Comments (1)
Are your room walls lookin' naked? Your laptop lookin' bare? Vancouver Innovator and Founder of Surface Collective, Rod Takasa, provides you with the "tattoos" that you may have been too afraid to ink on your skin, but would otherwise use to decorate your home and laptop!
Rod Takasa says:
"Wall tattoos are dramatic, and our price points are low enough--like $39 to $150--that most people can afford them. For people living in high-ceilinged lofts with big open spaces, you'd have to put up a lot of frames or one big canvas. That's hard and really expensive. Tattoos are about seeing how you can change your space with graphics and having a theme within your space." From The Georgia Straight.
Surface Collective's wall decals are made with a matte finish, which gives it a beautiful paint-look finish. The material is easy to remove without leaving behind any trace of adhesive. This is perfect for the temporary residence, or someone whose mind changes with the seasons.
For the babes, or just babes at heart, they also have a collection that's colourful, fun and just so damn adorable!
Is it hard? Rod reassures potential consumers that:
"One person can put up our smaller designs in probably under an hour. Ultimately, it's peel and stick, plus scissors and an old credit card to rub the tattoo. If you get a wrinkle, peel it off and smooth it out." Surface Collective's jumbo tats generally take two to stick 'em up. The company, which custom-designs too, also installs.From The Georgia Straight.
If your laptop has gone command-o for far too long, check out the laptop tattoos for your virgin machine. It's also made with the same easy-to-remove formula so you can change up your laptop's face as you'd change outfits!
You may check out the rest of the collections and make purchases from their website, Surface Collective.Posted by Angela Jung | April 20, 2010 | Comments (0)
So I read on the Post Chronicle that Penguin Australia published a cookbook called The Pasta Bible, and it had a minor typo. Penguin doesn't get what all the fuss is about, though it's, you know, apologized, or whatever. Instead of 'freshly ground black pepper', the ingredients for a recipe read 'freshly ground black people'. Whoopsy daisy!
Apparently the Penguin group Head of Publishing is surprised people are reacting so strongly to a 'typographical error'.
I'm just curious as to how such a glaring mistake isn't all the more obvious to their proofreaders in COOKBOOK INGREDIENTS. Is it common recipe practice Down Under to provide for the dietary restrictions of cannibals?
And while 'peppel' or 'pesper' or 'popper' are understandable misspellings of pepper, it's a bit of a stretch to 'people', which smacks of a dis-tasteful joke. (No pun intended.)Posted by Gayatri Bajpai | April 20, 2010 | Comments (4)
By the way, check out Dumbfoundead's store, he's got a couple of new t-shirt designs that are pretty cool. One of the designs was specifically chosen from a contest Dumb had going on a month ago...and the winner was from Canada (woot!).
While I love DFD, I have to take the time to recognize an up and coming star.
Her name is Katie, but is affectionately known as Beatnik8, for the sick beats she produces. DFD (from Los Angeles, US) and Beatnik8 (from London, UK) collaborated solely through the world wide web and created Pushin'. It's catchy, is sure to get your head nodding and what's more, it's yet another perfect example of how our world seems to be smaller now because of the internet and it really is awesome.
Stay tuned for a feature on Beatnik8 in People To Watch next month.
For now, check out her youtube channel.Posted by Claudia Ho | April 19, 2010 | Comments (0)
Dress to impress with this new pho-bulous clothing line! 3 Stripes Clothing showcases Vietnamese culture and pride through their line of t-shirts for men and women. The first batch of t-shirts is available for sale on April 30!
Ky Truong, Founder of 3 Stripes Clothing, says:
What propelled me to create 3 Stripes Clothing was the fact that I felt the Vietnamese community, particularly those that are of 2nd, 3rd or even 4th generation, lacked an apparel option that represented their culture and pride. Living in the bay area, I've noticed that the Filipino community have their own line of t-shirts, KYR Apparel, that represent their heritage and pride in their culture. I would love to achieve the same thing for the Vietnamese community.
It's safe to say that with 3 Stripes Clothing's vision, drive and creativity, their new line of Vietnamese-inspired apparel will be a success. I know I already have my eyes on the "HOT LIKE SRIRACHA" t-shirt.
They ship their goods everywhere, so wherever you are, you won't be left out.Posted by Angela Jung | April 19, 2010 | Comments (0)
You may not understand Japanese or Korean, you may not be able to identify who's Japanese or who's Korean among a group of Asians, but when it comes down to music, there are no cultural boundaries. And sometimes, one may find hidden talents in the most unexpected places.
Take for example, this girl, Kim Yeo Hui, known to most people as applegirl. Kim has recently won the hearts of many people with her amazing voice and a rather popular cellular instrument...
To accompany her strong vocals, Kim uses various iPhone apps to recreate popular songs like Beyonce's Irreplaceable and Lady GaGa's Poker Face. Talk about creative!
I know iPhone has lots of fun and cool applications (like magic piano, IQ tests, and all the fun games), but applegirl is the first person I've seen who have made use of the iPhone apps in such a creative way.
There's not much more I can say except, just watch the videos. I'm excited to see what she comes up with next.
Click here to see all of applegirl's videos. Keep up the good work girl!!Posted by Tiffany Zhao | April 19, 2010 | Comments (1)
Get ready for some dance-mania, because America's Best Dance Crew Season Finale is here! Yes, the regional winners of Season 5 came together for the most awesome performance yet!
As many of you ABDC fans out there may already know, Poreotix was this season's America's Best Dance Crew. They beat out Canada's talented Blueprint Cru in the closest race in ABDC's history with their creative popping and robotic movement.
Of course we were cheering for Blueprint Cru, whose membership includes Thien-Linh "TL" Truong -- consistently portrayed as the brains, heart and soul of the group.
Poreotix, consisting of six members and originally from Westminster, California, described as "fun dorks" with a great sense of humor. Their passion for dance and their unique personalities has truly brought entertainment to many viewers.
In case you missed it, watch ABDC Season 5 Finale, featuring Blueprint Cru at muchmusic.com.Posted by Tiffany Zhao | April 16, 2010 | Comments (1)
NFB's Work For All
Africville at its peak
I've seen slums in New Delhi, and Africville was no slum. Then again, the word 'slum' is a relative term. What is a palace to me, you might consider a hovel. Many of the proud citizens of Halifax might have looked at Africville, the primarily black community that once existed on Bedford Basin, and called the dwelling a slum. The people who lived there called it home, but by 1970, there was one man left in Africville: everyone else had been kicked out, homes razed to the ground.
Shelagh Mackenzie's 1991 documentary 'Remember Africville' features footage from the years before 1970 when there were happier times in the 200 year-old community, as well as footage from twenty years later. In the older footage, the people of Africville were content, if not prosperous, and proud of their independence. They worked, played, and prayed together, and never asked the government for anything, though they paid their taxes. They did, however, get the sewage pipe of the city of Halifax, which ran between their homes down to the harbour. Nearby was also the city dump, where children foraged for salvageable junk to sell back to the city.
Circa 1990, the children and youth of Africville have grown up, and a sense of loss and anger pervades their recollections. Politicians, social workers and ex-residents talk about what happened. In the late 1960s residents were evicted from Africville because living standards were not up to the mark, and they were compensated each with 500 dollars, and sent (in garbage trucks) to soulless apartment blocks in Halifax that were themselves due for demolition. Against a backdrop of children playing on cement, Irvine Carvery, a young man from Africville, says that relocation has destroyed his people's sense of who they are. They can't replace fixtures in the government housing they don't own, and they can't assert a separate identity where everything is the same.
Politicians scorned the townspeople's lack of effort at raising their voices against relocation, but "Behind it all," recalls one man, "the decision had already been made...that was prime land, that was important land."
A home being inspected for demolition
My spine tingled at the part when John Edward Lloyd (Mayor of Halifax 1960-63) defends the Halifax's move with oily condescension. His hair greased back and his attire proper, he explains that, "Sometimes some people need to be shown that certain things are not in their own best interests, and not in the best interests of their children...certainly, you don't coerce people against their will, but should there be violations of minimum standards then you have no alternative but to enforce the law, and this is universal for everybody." And who decides these minimum standards? The people whose waste flowed in the pipes laid through the unpaved roads of Africville?
To be forgotten is never to have existed. The community that once lived in Bedford Basin meets there annually for three days to relive the togetherness of Africville in the park that replaced it. This film ensures that they will not see their history fall through the cracks.Posted by Gayatri Bajpai | April 15, 2010 | Comments (0)
The Capilano University Pacific Arbour Speaker Series presents Yann Martel with Anosh Irani!
On April 26, 2010, two of Canada's most celebrated and famous novelists come together for a wonderful evening of readings, discovery and dialogue. Yann Martel is the renowned author of Britain's Man Booker prize-winning novel, Life of Pi, which has been translated into 38 languages. It spent an astounding 57weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List, and sold seven million copies worldwide. Furthermore, acclaimed film director Ang Lee is set to adapt Life of Pi to the big screen.
And now, after 9 long years, Martel has an original new novel Beatrice & Virgil. This story provokes profound questions about violence, kindness and the power of stories to change us. Once again, Martel has penned an extraordinary novel that addresses issues of yesterday, today and the future.
Not only will we have the amazing Yann Martel to talk with us that night, Anosh Irani, an award-winning playwright and best-selling author, will also be there! His previous novel, The Song of Kahusha, was a 2007 Canada Reads finalist. Irani's brand new novel, Dahanu Road, is a love story about three generations of the Irani clan, portraying Zoroastrians who fled persecution in Iran to Bombay.
April 26, 2010 @ 7:30
$15/$13 At the Kay Meek Centre
This is a night that can't be missed!Posted by Sara C. | April 20, 2010 | Comments (2)
NFB's Work For All
Work For All launched the third film of their 10-week Campaign last Wednesday with Médecins sans Résidence or, Doctors Without Residency. In contrast to the cheekiness of Cal Garingan's mockumentary Jaded and the intimate insights of Shane Belcourt's short, but poignant, film Boxed In, Doctors Without Residency takes more of a serious tone, but nevertheless makes a strong statement about how the effects of racism in the workplace inevitably develop into a concern for the community at large.
Watch this film and spread the word.
Doctors Without Residency is less than 10 minutes long and it's something that all Canadians should watch, because many of us know about the health care problem in the U.S., but are unaware of the crisis here in our own country. And the solution isn't only to pump more money into health care (much to my surprise); it starts at the very fundamental level of human rights and equality—an idea I thought our country and government had learned to respect and follow.
Note: After watching the film, it was hard to stay quiet and indifferent to the situation. For this reason, this film review serves also as an opinionated piece. Please also note that the shortage of doctors is a fairly sticky issue and the points made below only scratch the surface of this rather complex and deep topic. I encourage anyone who is interested to dig further for details and comment if inclined to do so!
Description of the Film
The film opens to a busy scene in a medical clinic. Families with young children stand in line to put their names on the queue, anticipating a lengthy wait time before they can see the doctor. The appointment may only last for a few minutes tops, but with a hundred or so patients coming in each day and a handful of physicians present, one would be lucky to get any time at all. The health care crisis in Canada doesn't get any more real than this.
Meanwhile, you hear the voices of foreign trained doctors and International Medical Graduates (IMGs) who are ready, qualified and more than willing to serve the public. However, the red tape that stands between the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), the Canadian government and the applicants creates more headache than relief.
A (Steep) Uphill Climb
Some medical schools do not meet Canadian standards and IMGs who come from these schools are seen as greater liabilities than those who are trained on Canadian soil, in approved Canadian institutions. Individuals from unrecognized schools have little to no chance at obtaining a residency. For the rest, in order to even be considered a viable candidate, all applicants must pass the MCCEE (Medical Counsel of Canada Evaluating Examination), which is a four-hour computer-based exam offered in both English and French. Theoretically, passing the MCCEE indicates that one is ready and qualified to practice, but obtaining a residency ultimately boils down to the interview. Sadly, few make it past this round.
In the film, health care employers explain that when interviewing applicants, those who a) come from a different country whose first language is not French or English and b) are trained in an international university or college (that is not recognized by the CMA) are at a considerable disadvantage. The only exceptions to the latter restriction are candidates from the U.S. who, perhaps for political reasons, are examined with less scrutiny. After years of rejecting so many foreign doctors and IMGs, however, a general bias against international candidates has developed and it is now imperative for the CMA and the Canadian government to review interview and application processes.
Numbers - Unequal Opportunity
Every year, one hundred residency positions remain unfilled in Quebec. In British Columbia, only 18 spots are open for IMGs applying from all over the world. Last year in BC, 94 positions were unfilled and 60% of the declined applicants were foreign trained doctors. What's worse is that the system by which the CMA hires is not transparent and as a result, most international applicants have no idea why they were declined or rejected. The numbers do not lie. If the majority of declined candidates are from abroad, it doesn't take a statistician to see the correlation.
Solutions to Explore
O Canada, open your doors! In truth, opening doors for IMGs and foreign doctors can help solve the shortage of doctors and is a cost effective choice, given that the candidates meet all the requirements and are fully qualified. Moreover, their education was free, in comparison to doctors trained in Canada whose tuition was heavily subsidized by the government. Thus, we could be getting more doctors in the hospitals and clinics at no extra cost to the country or its tax payers.
I see you! Declined candidates should be given full disclosure as to the details of their rejection or, at the very least, be given some indicator by which to measure future attempts at obtaining a residency. If not, then it should be clear to all potential applicants why one might not be chosen for the position.
Mo' Money, No Problems The Canadian government needs to recognize that the shortage of health care professionals is a serious problem and therefore, must allocate funds appropriately. Proper health care is a right that all Canadians should have (since we pay for it) and should not be seen as a luxury.
Immigrants are such a huge issue in North America. They are often blamed for ruining Western culture and language (Check out Gayatri's post on the Tea Party movement), for mooching off the government, and just plain seen as deviants. Perhaps this stereotype is slowly shifting, and illegal immigrants are actually being viewed as valuable individuals. Here is an evident baby step towards a universal respect for humanity.
According to a Los Angeles Times/USC poll many Californians support illegal immigrants. They believe illegal immigrants should have access to social services such as education and emergency medical treatment.
31% strongly support the implementation of a stronger enforcement at the border and the prohibition of those here illegally from benefiting from any taxpayer-funded social services, including emergency room treatment and public education for children here illegally. Whereas, 32% are strongly opposed to this.
Californians believe that illegal immigrants will be the force that helps to stimulate their ailing economy. If this is true, then perhaps the attitudes towards illegal immigrants may turn for the better. Rather than being perceived as "freeloading money suckers," they could be seen as recession shields. Hey, stereotypes are not good to have in the first place, but positive ones, we can work with and grow from there. I see no reason for our society to regress and it's within everyone's best interest to stay open-minded. Looks like for most Californians, they're headed in the right direction. Now, if only we could say the same about the rest of our nation...Posted by Linda Chan | April 14, 2010 | Comments (0)
Behold! I present the new Taiwanese Talent: Lin Yu Chun. His rendition of Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You is amazing (and I must admit -- unexpected).
He's a reality show contestant on Taiwan TV's Super Star Avenue.
Don't be fooled by his devilish charms: his mushroom hair cut, red bow tie and sharp suit are only part of the package. He's dedicated to his art. You can totally tell by the way he closes his eyes while belting out those moving lyrics.
And puh-lease, stop calling him the new Susan Boyle. No need to clump people into categories. Let him sing to the beat of his own music!
Check him out:
When I first saw the cover of Vogue's 'Dawn of Dusk' issue, I thought: this is a bit of a ham-handed way to celebrate 'women of color', a concept that doesn't even have meaning in India. But then I realized this is Indian Vogue, and it is making a bold statement in a country where fair skin is considered more beautiful by many. For this, the mag deserves kudos. I grew up on the subcontinent watching women dye their skin several shades lighter with 'Fair and Lovely', a product many celebrities have had no problem campaigning for in cheesy ads.
A celebration of one kind of beauty is not the denunciation of other kinds, just a recognition of the uniqueness of that beauty. That said, I think the magazine could acknowledge the fact that Indians come in various colours that range from much duskier than the cover-gracing dusky, to very light, and our features come in all shapes and sizes, our hair in all sorts of textures. Not many people know how diverse India can look. I have Northeast Indian friends who constantly struggle with discrimination from fellow citizens who refuse to acknowledge that they are just as Indian, because they 'look Chinese'.
Vogue's got its heart in the right place, but the next step should be to capture the subcontinent's visible diversity, not just celebrate one kind of Indian look.
Read more about it at vogue.co.uk.Posted by Gayatri Bajpai | April 20, 2010 | Comments (3)
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Ok, so they got my attention. At first I revelled in their stupidity because I'd only seen a couple signs taken out of context in some internet 'hood. But then I caught wind of the fact that just about every sign written by the Tea Party protestors (or 'Teabaggers' as they've been nicknamed by the internet family) has been purposely misspelled.
You can't make fun of those who make fun of themselves. It looks like they're owning a stereotype to turn the tables on liberal intellectuals who'd dismiss them as ignorant. If you're upset about these working-class Americans butchering the English language, why not turn the same ire on immigrants who can't spell? But you, the snooty liberal intellectual, would favour people like that because you either have double standards, or are not worried about America's Working People and their jobs. Not like The
Teabaggers Tea Party.
See what they did there?
The Tea Party is fiercely fiscally conservative. It protests Obama's 'socialism', compares him to Hitler, calls for the 'repeel'ing of Congress, and knights itself guardian of
the Queen's English English in any form. Misspelled, it's still lovable, not like yer foreign tongues.
So yeah, if you get their agenda, there's little point in ridiculing the signs. And if you don't get that they're 'spelling bad' on purpose, you're the butt of your own elitist disdain and you further the irony of their cause.
OK, but what about a real argument, 'baggers?
Rather than give up their position for enlightened discourse, they're going to trade in enlightenment, and stay stoopid. Whatever it takes. For the real, hard-working sons of America. All the power to them, I guess.Posted by Gayatri Bajpai | April 9, 2010 | Comments (1)
Angry Asian Man
Insanely popular fashion chain store Forever 21 is proving to the world that the family business model is a strong contender in the fashion world. Linda and Esther Chang, daughters of Forever 21's Korean American founders Don and Jin Sook Chang, have joined the $2 billion-brand, making their impact in the marketing and visual design departments.
The Los Angeles Times has profiled the sisters, noting their staying power.
Low prices? Trendy merchandise that cycles in and out of stores on a daily basis? Super-size stores modeled after the 86,000-square-foot location that recently opened in Cerritos?
Forever 21 has all that, but the real secret weapon may be a couple of women who look as if they're barely out of high school. Linda Chang, 28, and her sister Esther, 23, the Ivy League-educated daughters of Forever 21's Korean American founders Don and Jin Sook Chang, seem to have the stylish eye and marketing savvy to take the $2-billion brand into the future and make it a competitor on a global level with European fast-fashion giants H&M, Mango and Zara. (from The Los Angeles Times)
If you haven't heard of the Chang sisters before, you're probably not the only one. This is my first time coming across their name. As the Los Angeles Times notes, "it's because the company has shied away from courting the media. A reporter visiting Forever 21's downtown L.A. headquarters is admitted only to the lobby and a conference room. The building doesn't even have a sign outside!"
You can be sure that the names Linda and Esther Chang will soon be heard everywhere in the fashion industry. And I'm sure you can expect big things from Forever 21 in the future.Posted by Jocelyn Gan | April 6, 2010 | Comments (0)
You may not have heard of Jackie Chan, but you definitely should have heard of Bruce Lee. That's right, when it comes to martial arts, it's all about Bruce Lee! Born in the mid-twentieth century, this Hong Kong star was and still is one of the most influential actors in China's movie industry.
If you were one of those people who were into action movies (kong-fu moves!), Bruce Lee's movies is a must watch, and if you haven't heard about it, YES...Bruce Lee's 70th birthday celebration is on its way!! Ahh! Being a huge fan of Bruce Lee personally, I can't describe my excitement in words.
Anyways, so just last week, Bruce Lee's wife and daughter unveiled an special exhibition of his personal items, photos and movie posters in Hong Kong. here for more details on the exhibition, .
As it happens, this year, his birthday will be celebrated in collaboration with the 2010 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival taking place in LA later this April.
BRUCE LEE, CULTURAL ICON: 70th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
The Film Festival is pleased to collaborate with Bruce Lee Enterprises to observe the 70th birthday of martial arts legend and Asian American cultural icon Bruce Lee.
THE CHINESE CONNECTION
(FREE Outdoor Screening)
THE work that introduced Bruce Lee to young urban and Asian American audiences (contains action violence and brief nudity; parental guidance suggested).
Friday, April 30, sundown, Madang the Courtyard (FREE Parking)
621 S. Western Ave. (one block north of Wilshire Blvd.),
Los Angeles Koreatown
ENTER THE DRAGON
Plus PANEL DISCUSSION w/ Lee Family & Special Guests
A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover. Includes a special post-screening panel with Linda Lee, Shannon Lee, Directors Reggie Hudlin and Diana Lee Inosanto
Saturday, May 1, 12:00 p.m., Laemmle's Sunset 5
8000 W. Sunset Blvd. (one block west of the DGA), West Hollywood
The complete program guide for the 2010 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival is listed here.
Hope to see everyone there soon!Posted by Tiffany Zhao | April 7, 2010 | Comments (0)
Some of you may know that this month is "Washington's nuclear April" as President Obama's agenda will primarily be addressing the issue of nuclear arms control.
He signs a new treaty with Russia in Prague, the Czech capital, on Thursday, releases a major policy statement on U.S. use of nuclear arms, and hosts a summit on arms safeguards April 12 and 13.—Excerpted from LA Times
As you can see Obama is attempting to make big changes globally in ensuring this nuclear arms race doesn't get out of hand. He's making a big statement to the rest of the world - we need to eliminate the race to build the most destructive weapon known to man.
This all sounds great and dandy, but I wonder if anyone knows that Obama's been working on a secret weapon of his own...
The world feels just a little bit safer now.Posted by Claudia Ho | April 6, 2010 | Comments (2)
Join Chin Injeti at the Fortune Sound Club tomorrow night (April 6th) for his Album Release Party and Birthday Bash!
During the Vancouver Olympics, Schema Magazine had a chance to chat with Chin Injeti at the JetSetCrew Victory Party. Chin is a super down-to-earth guy with an artistic vision. He has collaborated with many artists such as Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, and Dr. Dre (just to name a few). As a producer, song-writer and singer, he has somehow found time to complete D'tach, his solo album in a genre he calls "Urban Folk."
Chin tells us his inspiration as a musician and the background of D'tach. Check out our interview here:Posted by Angela Jung | April 6, 2010 | Comments (0)
Last night I attended Cheng Wing Yeong Tong Benevolent Association (basically a gathering of people with the same surname as me) banquet, the same one I have attended every year since I was born. But in the next ten years, what is the likelihood that there will even be one of these banquets for me to attend?
My grandfather is a dedicated member of the Cheng Chinese clan. (By the way, there are a whole bunch of different English surnames: Cheng, Chang, Zheng, Jang and Jung; but we all share the same last name in Chinese.) He goes to the Cheng "clubhouse" everyday on Pender Street in Chinatown to play mahjong. And it seems to me, the role of Chinese benevolent associations are only limited to being a spot where grandparents gather to play mahjong.
I understand the need for the formation and existence of associations back when my great-grandparents and grandparents immigrated to Canada, and the desire to create solidarity with other Chinese clan members. Yet I don't exactly see foresee a future for the benevolent associations today...
This year marks the 82nd Anniversary of Cheng Wing Yeong Tong Benevolent Association. Who will ensure that there will be a 92nd Anniversary? Or a 102nd Anniversary? I learned today that the Chengs were one of the first Chinese clans to arrive in Vancouver in the 1900s, and the Chengs is the largest Chinese clan in Canada. But history and numbers aren't enough to continue the legacy. Maybe it will be just that -- a legacy.
Or will our heritage be able to survive in other forms?
Yep, we're late in blogging about this, but it's not too late for you!
For all aspiring writers of Asian descent living in the United States AND in Canada, submit your (unpublished) short story to the 2010 Asian American Short Story Contest presented by AAWW (Asian American Writer's Workshop) and Hyphen Magazine.
From Hyphen's website:
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 12TH!
Are you an unpublished writer, waiting to be discovered? Think you have what it takes to win a national, pan-Asian American writing competition--the ONLY one of its kind? Here's your shot at showing off your roots and writing.
Now in its third year, the 2010 Asian American Short Story Contest will name 10 finalists and one grand prize-winner who will win a cash prize of $1000 and have the winning story published in an upcoming issue of Hyphen.
* The submission process has two easy steps, both of which must be completed by April 12, 2010 and accompanied by a $20 entry fee (April 12th postmark deadline).
* First, register here and pay the $20 entry fee by buying one ticket. You will receive a registration email with a Transaction ID, so please double check that you are typing your email correctly.
* Next, mail us TWO COPIES of your short story with the title, page numbers, and Transaction ID on the top right of every page. The story should not feature any other identifying information, such as your name, phone number, or email address. Submissions should be double-spaced and mailed to:
Asian American Short Story Contest
17 Walter U. Lum Place
San Francisco, CA 94108.
For information on qualifications, guidelines, and instructions on how to enter the contest, please visit:
If you're contemplating on whether or not you should submit a story, honestly, just go for it. You never know what could come out of just trying because who knows! It's a great way to get your name out there and you might discover a hidden talent too.Posted by Claudia Ho | April 5, 2010 | Comments (0)
Ok, so it's not exactly Chow Yun Fat (from God of Gamblers) but you get the point. This guy can throw cards like it's nobody's business (no pun intended).
Discovered this through a tweet from youtube sensation @kevjumba and I might be considered a geek for actually finding this entertaining and cool, but whatever, maybe there's someone else out there who'd appreciate it too.
I wonder how or why this guy got so good at throwing business cards. Did he somehow know that quitting his day job to flick cards would land him a gig with Samsung Digital?? Damn, it pays to take on random hobbies these days, eh?Posted by Claudia Ho | April 6, 2010 | Comments (0)
Wong Fu Productions has a cool youtube segment called "Wong Fu Weekends" and I've been following it for the past few weeks. Other than the theme of it being the Wong Fu's weekends, there is no real theme to the videos, but still, every single episode has been highly entertaining. It's like the perfect bedtime show on a Friday night. Considering it's the long weekend (by the way, Happy Easter, everyone!) thought I'd share this delightful new video of the boys going to Disneyland to see Justin Bieber! Oh em gee!!
Ok, seriously now. I was definitely more excited about the short 30-second clip of Phil Wang interviewing Kev Nish of Far East Movement (FM). They talk about FM's upcoming tour in Japan opening for Lady GaGa and more. Woot! Congrats to FM for making it and thanks to Wong Fu for bringing it to our attention! Check out the vid and follow Wongfu's youtube channel too!Posted by Claudia Ho | April 3, 2010 | Comments (2)
Despite the horrible cold and rainy Vancouver weather, you guys still came out and we can't say enough about your dedication to Disgrasian and your support for our magazine's workshop!
We had a blast listening to the girls talk and we kinda love them even more now, is that even possible? We hope that all of you had a good time too and hopefully we'll see you again at our next event. We'll let you all know as soon as we know who we have lined up, so stay in touch via twitter, rss or facebook!
Also, for those of you who couldn't be with us, don't worry, we'll put up a post next week with our "favourite Disgrasian quotes" from the workshop. Example:
"In a blog-off battle against Angry Asian Man, he would win, hands down. He would be like pulling from his arsenal of weapons....we, however, would have cooler uniforms."
Don't forget to e-mail or send us a message about what you thought of the workshop. We'd love to hear from you!
Thank you, also, to our partners and sponsors: NA@AP Vancouver, The Tyee, Fresh Media, MOV, Laurier Institute and Bing Thom Architects. Truly, without you, this event wouldn't have been possible. Thank you for your ongoing support in our mission to bring "ethnic cool" things to Vancouver/Canada.Posted by Claudia Ho | April 4, 2010 | Comments (0)
Whenever I'm walking through the wine section at my local liquor store this thought has often crossed my mind: "If only there was a Hello Kitty wine out there my time at the store would be significantly shorter!" Well it seems as if Hello Kitty has read my mind! This Sanrio brand has integrated themselves into the fashion, furniture, stationary, and electronic market, and now they have added wine makers to their ever-growing list of things to conquer.
Hello "Hello Kitty Wines"! The line of wines comes in four different types, with prices ranging from $19.99 to $29.99. You can choose from Hello Kitty Sparkling Brut Rosé, Hello Kitty Sparkling "Sweet Pink", 2008 Hello Kitty Angel White, and 2006 Hello Kitty Devil Red.You can expect to see Hello Kitty Wines on the liquor shelf in the next several months and the website will start shipping out samples by the end of next month.
So what's next Hello Kitty? Personally I suggest Hello Kitty mouthwash. Next to my Hello Kitty wine fantasy, I have always thought rinsing my mouth in kitty power would be the puuurfect way to start my day. Now, if you'll excuse me Hello Kitty, can you please pass the bubbly?Posted by Jocelyn Gan | April 2, 2010 | Comments (5)
As if you guys aren't already sick of our promo blasting of our upcoming workshop with DISGRASIAN, here's our FINAL blog post about the event. Promise!
RSVP @ NAAAP to get your seat.
We've also got a contest going on: Tell us who your Favourite Amazian is by posting a message on our facebook wall, tweeting us @schema_magazine or commenting at the bottom of this post! Your name will be in the draw to win an awesome prize courtesy of Surface Collective.
Can't wait to see everyone there! Woot!
Links about and/or on the event:
Thanks angry asian man aka Unofficial Official "Biggest Fan of Disgrasian" for posting and tweeting about our workshop!Posted by Claudia Ho | April 1, 2010 | Comments (0)
If you're familiar with Asian relationship culture, I'm sure you heard of White Day.
For those of you who don't know, mark it on your calender as an extra day to get some treats! In Eastern Asian cultures like Japan, South Korean, Taiwan and China, Valentine's Day is just one of the days that celebrate love and romance:
So yes, most of you may have heard of Valentine's Day, or even White Day. But have you ever heard of Black Day??
Out of consideration for all the single people out there who did not receive anything on Valentine's Day or White Day, South Korea has recently organized Black Day.
On April 13, friends or people you don't mind celebrating with, go out to a Chinese restaurant and eat black bean sauce and noodles (jajangmyun or zha jiang mian) and celebrate...or mourn singledom. This noodle meal consists of wheat noodles and a salty black soybean paste sauce, diced meat and vegetables, and sometimes also seafood.
It could be fun, and who knows, with all the singles gathered together, next year there may be less people for the Black Day celebration!
If you know any places that carry good jajangmyun, share the yummy goodness!
Take a look at this video made by Azn Lifestyles TV. It's a great guide to making sure you've got all the V-day festivities down pact, including Black Day:Posted by Joy | April 5, 2010 | Comments (1)
I love watching Asian films that challenge the conventional stereotype of the Asian-geisha-obedient female stereotype. You know, films where the female protagonist are real women, clever, strong and empowered. Historically, the depiction of women in film has had more impact on the lives of women than any other media. Likewise, it's alternate female roles that have the potential to undo much of the stereotypes we hold in our everyday lives.
While browsing through Asiance Magazine, I discovered this fantastic series, Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know featuring three women in Japanese film who have pushed the boundaries:
At the opposite end of the stereotype of docile Japanese women—heroic good mothers, chaste daughters and hardworking faithful wives—actresses Ayako Wakao, Mariko Okada and Meiko Kaji embodied the transgression of limits, breaking rules, flouting norms and generally upsetting everyone.
This series explores the idea of unconventional beauty that these spellbinding actresses created through an unparalleled body of films. Both Wakao and Okada were muses and inspiration for two major film directors, Yasuzo Masumura and Kiju (Yoshishige) Yoshida, respectively, while Kaji navigated between filmmakers, a wild card of Japanese cinema at the time. Put together, their films delineate what one could call an aesthetic of convulsive beauty (André Breton). (From Asiance Magazine)
(Above: Lady Snowblood - Blizzard from the Netherworld)
Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know runs from March 31 - April 18, 2010
At the Japan Society in NY (333 East 47th Street, New York)
See schedule of 13 films at www.japansociety.org
I stumbled across these innovative Web 2.0 badges while looking for instructions to make origami butterflies for my niece.
Love the way Paddy, an "Irish web designer, blogger, interviewer and illustrator currently living in Belgium" added a 3D design sensibility to generally flat and purely pragmatic buttons. They tickle the imagination as you pretend they are real Japanese-inspired origami paper puzzles.Posted by Alden | April 26, 2010 | Comments (0)
This is long overdue, but I thought that I'd wait until all the buzz about the 2010 Winter Games had subsided. During these Olympics something historic took place, bobsledder Shelley-Ann Brown became one of the first black Canadian women to win a medal at a Winter Games (possibly the first?).
Other black Olympians include fellow bobsledder Lascelles Brown, who won silver for Canada in Turin when he teamed with Pierre Lueders. Yes, just because it's historic doesn't necessarily mean it's important, but in this case, it definitely matters! Especially when so many Canadians assume that winter sports are white sports. It was just a coincidence that this happened during Black History Month.
Photo: REUTERS/Tony Gentile from boston.com
"I'm so proud to be Canadian, so proud to be black, so proud to be of Jamaican heritage, so proud to be female," Brown said, choking up. "I hope little girls in Canada see this, see what I accomplished and realize it doesn't matter your background.
(Above) KUDOS to CBC Producer Cedric Monteiro for turning this into the only TV coverage of this story. WATCH the story on cbc.ca/video.Posted by Alden | April 29, 2010 | Comments (0)