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Afrinese – A Documentary about Sino-African Relations

September 4th, 2014  |  by  |  published in FASHION, FILM & MUSIC, FEATURE | Comments Off on Afrinese – A Documentary about Sino-African Relations

Afrinese – A Documentary about Sino-African Relations

A couple of Halloweens ago I went to a party and chatted with someone about the upcoming Vancouver Asian Film Festival. We discussed Asian Canadian filmmakers and she mentioned her friend, Bobo Zhao, who was working on a documentary at the time about the growing socio-economic ties between China and Africa. I was immediately interested […]

Insert Credit (2012)

August 19th, 2014  |  by  |  published in FASHION, FILM & MUSIC, FEATURE | Comments Off on Insert Credit (2012)

Insert Credit (2012)

As the 2014 Vancouver Queer Film Festival rolls on, I wanted to remember Emily Carr alumnus, David Nguyen’s Insert Credit which won 2012’s Gerry Brunet Memorial Award for best short film created by a BC director. Something we have seen in the history of video gaming is a shift towards games that feel like movies. […]

My Interview with Kah-Wai Lim

August 15th, 2014  |  by  |  published in FASHION, FILM & MUSIC, FEATURE | Comments Off on My Interview with Kah-Wai Lim

My Interview with Kah-Wai Lim

A lot of us have day jobs. Most of us don’t care much for them. That doesn’t mean we’re bad workers. We’d just rather be doing something else. It’s always great to learn about people who find a way to do what they want to do. Kah-Wai Lim just happens to be one of these […]

Gavin Meet Garrett, Hmong

August 12th, 2014  |  by  |  published in FEATURE, LITERATURE & VOCAB | Comments Off on Gavin Meet Garrett, Hmong

Gavin Meet Garrett, Hmong

955 pm. It’s 2005. Fall. Or was it spring? Evening classes end on Pyeongchon’s Hagwon-ga. Rows upon rows of buses (some like Greyhounds, others like mini-vans) are lined up against the curb. Drivers are standing around, smoking cigarettes, wishing they had cigarettes, bumming cigarettes. They’re there to wait. Wait for…it. Within minutes, hundreds of bodies […]

Ji-Hye and the Station

August 5th, 2014  |  by  |  published in FEATURE, LITERATURE & VOCAB | Comments Off on Ji-Hye and the Station

Ji-Hye and the Station

Photo Credit: Davide U. | A lot of people think too much even about decisions that should be easy to make. Often this is out of fear of the unknown. And sometimes it just takes one moment to convince us to move ahead, take a chance, and understand that we’re doing the right thing. Today […]

Role Models-James Shigeta (1929-2014)

August 1st, 2014  |  by  |  published in FEATURE, SOCIAL SCIENCES | Comments Off on Role Models-James Shigeta (1929-2014)

Photo Credit: http://rovinginformant.blogspot.ca/

I’ve thought about the terms “Asian Canadian” and “Asian American” quite a bit for a number of years now. What I find especially interesting is how when I look at the motherlands, I see strained relations and a very tense environment fuelled by border disputes, arguments about history, and conflict over resources. On the other […]

I’m in the Mood for Love (2011)

July 25th, 2014  |  by  |  published in FASHION, FILM & MUSIC, FEATURE | Comments Off on I’m in the Mood for Love (2011)

I’m in the Mood for Love (2011)

The Vancouver Queer Film Festival this year runs August 14-24 and as a lead-up to that, I thought I would remember a film I enjoyed there a while back. I first met Jason Karman at the 2010 festival through film-makers Cal Garingan and Quentin Lee. In 2011, I had the pleasure of seeing his drama […]

MAMM – The Anti-versary

July 23rd, 2014  |  by  |  published in FASHION, FILM & MUSIC, FEATURE | Comments Off on MAMM – The Anti-versary

MAMM – The Anti-versary

In August 2011, Aaron Au of Titlecard Pictures and Kevin Li of Little Ram Media teamed up to take on the Mighty Asian Moviemaking Marathon (MAMM). They won. Although they could have used 10 days, Au and Li only needed 4 to create their script (which was built around their assigned topic “anniversaries”), recruit actors, […]

Review – Fly Me to Minami (2013)

July 21st, 2014  |  by  |  published in FASHION, FILM & MUSIC, FEATURE | Comments Off on Review – Fly Me to Minami (2013)

Review – Fly Me to Minami (2013)

Osaka-based, Chinese-Malaysian writer and director Kah-Wai Lim’s 2013 Fly Me to Minami (Koi suru minami or 恋するミナミ) is a well-executed, fun film with an organized story that leaves behind no loose ends. It looks at the intersecting lives of a fashion magazine editor from Hong Kong, a flight attendant from Seoul, and two men from […]

MAMM – Papergirl

July 15th, 2014  |  by  |  published in FASHION, FILM & MUSIC, FEATURE | Comments Off on MAMM – Papergirl

MAMM – Papergirl

The Might Asian Movie Making Marathon (MAMM) is the Vancouver Asian Film Festival’s (VAFF) short film contest held every August. The contest has a BC and diversity angle: participating team members must be BC residents, at least two key creative team members must be visible minorities, and at least one lead actor or subject in […]

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