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Steven Tanaka Presents: Next Music from Tokyo

February 22nd, 2015  |  by  |  published in FASHION, FILM & MUSIC, FEATURE | Comments Off on Steven Tanaka Presents: Next Music from Tokyo

Steven Tanaka Presents: Next Music from Tokyo

Image Credits – Next Music from Tokyo and Toronto Star | Occasionally I will run searches on things I like that I normally can`t find in Vancouver to see if anything has changed around town. About 2, maybe 3, years ago I searched something like “Japanese band Vancouver.“ What I found: For the past 6 […]

VIFF – Hill of Freedom (Korea)

October 9th, 2014  |  by  |  published in FASHION, FILM & MUSIC, FEATURE | Comments Off on VIFF – Hill of Freedom (Korea)

VIFF – Hill of Freedom (Korea)

I went to the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) recently and saw Hill of Freedom (자유의 언덕) by Korean filmmaker Hong Sang-Soo. A while back I wanted to know more about Hong’s work and asked a friend for a description. “Well…” and then she laughed. I wasn’t sure what that was supposed to mean and […]

Anthony Bourdain – The Layover, Atlanta

October 3rd, 2014  |  by  |  published in FEATURE, FOOD | Comments Off on Anthony Bourdain – The Layover, Atlanta

Anthony Bourdain – The Layover, Atlanta

Image Credits: Travel Channel, unless otherwise noted | “To me, I’m proud of this, because it shows Atlanta as a metropolitan city.” — Richard Blais, Winner of Top Chef All Stars, on Buford Farmers Market Anthony Bourdain is an author, chef, and food show host. He is known for travelling the world and showing viewers […]

Adam Liaw-Destination Flavour

September 9th, 2014  |  by  |  published in FEATURE, FOOD | Comments Off on Adam Liaw-Destination Flavour

Adam Liaw-Destination Flavour

Child prodigy turned lawyer turned celebrity chef/TV host/author Adam Liaw entered university at the age of 16, graduated at 21, practiced law for a number of years including 6 (sometimes cited as 7) in Japan before deciding to audition for Australia’s MasterChef and emerging victorious in the show’s second season. The finale garnered the highest […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hikaru Seino – Ganon Florist

July 9th, 2014  |  by  |  published in ARTS, FEATURE | Comments Off on Hikaru Seino – Ganon Florist

Hikaru Seino – Ganon Florist

Good ol’ Lynn Valley, 2011, a balmy summer evening: where and when I first met Hikaru Seino. After returning to his hometown of Sapporo, Hikaru-san started up Ganon Florist specializing in beautiful, evocative floral designs that are anywhere from tastefully conservative to sublime. “Ganon” is derived from Japanese “ガンガン恩返し” which is roughly an expression about […]

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