Asian Heritage Month

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Tracing the Lines: A Symposium on Contemporary Poetics and Cultural Politics to Honour Roy Miki | May 28 - 31st

Wednesday, April 30, 2008 | 12:09 PM ET
(John W. MacDonald,

Roy Miki: Tracing the Lines Symposium

Beginning with a reading by Roy Miki on Wednesday evening, the event consisted of three evening events (May 28, 29, and 31st) and two days of creative/critical panels and presentations addressing the reach of Miki’s work and its literary and social contexts. Topics included contemporary poetics; politics of the imagination; the role of the public intellectual; asiancy; editorial activism; and the history, politics and art of redress.

For more information, please visit the Centre for Innovation in Culture and the Arts in Canada.

Tracing the Lines: A Symposium on Contemporary Poetics and Cultural Politics to Honour Roy Miki | May 28 - 31st

Wednesday, April 30, 2008 | 12:00 PM ET
Ashok Mathur

Roy Miki – activist, poet, scholar and teacher – was born in Ste Agathe, Manitoba, on a sugar beet farm where his parents were forcibly located during World War II. Miki grew up in Winnipeg, receiving a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba, and then moved to Vancouver where he received his Masters of Arts from SFU and his PhD from UBC. He then taught at SFU’s English Department until he retired in 2007, leaving a legacy of students who he inspired with his conscientiously exemplary pedagogy.

Nationally, Miki is most known for his social and literary work, both of which have earned him considerable distinction. Motivated by the injustice that his family and other Japanese Canadians suffered during internment, Miki was instrumental in the lobbying of the federal government for a Redress Settlement (1988). In 2006, Miki received the 20th annual Gandhi Peace Award for the truth, justice, human rights, and non-violence exemplified in his redress work. Further recognition came with his membership in the Order of Canada (2006) and his Fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada (2007).

Meanwhile, issues of identity and injustice reoccur in his non-fiction work, Justice in Our Times (co-authored with Cassandra Kobayashi), Broken Entries, and Redress, as well as his creative poetic work. His book of poetry, Surrender, affirmed Miki’s already acclaimed literary talent when it won the prestigious Governor General’s Award for Poetry in 2002. Miki is also known for his prominent work within the literary community as editor of West Coast Line, author of an annotated bibliography of George Bowering, and editor of two books on poet bpNichol.

The Tracing the Lines Symposium will address the challenges of linking intellectual and political work while imagining spaces of freedom and production.

Watch this space for more information on the symposium and reactions from Roy Miki's community.

CBC Radio One: Slice of the City | to May 29

Tuesday, April 29, 2008 | 07:05 PM ET

Slice of the City

Tuesdays and Thursdays in May | 4:45 p.m.
On the Coast
CBC Radio One 690 AM

To celebrate Asian Heritage Month, CBC Radio One's On the Coast is launching a new series with celebrated chef, author, and Vancouver tour guide Stephen Wong, called Slice of the City. Stephen will take listeners to his favourite places to eat, shop and explore Asian culture in Metro Vancouver.

Check out Slice of the City on On the Coast, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:45 pm.
On the Coast can be found on CBC Radio One 690 AM.

Vancouver: Discover Dance! Showcasing the Vancouver Korean Dance Society | May 29

Tuesday, April 29, 2008 | 03:11 PM ET
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Vancouver Korean Dance Society
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Vancouver Korean Dance Society

The Vancouver Korean Dance Society (VKDS), founded in 2003, is dedicated to perfecting the art of
Korean Traditional Dance. VKDS consists of professional dancers trained in Korean Traditional Dance and students who are studying under the direction of Hye Seoung Vivian Chung, the founding Director of VKDS and a Director of the Korean Dance Association, USA. Hye Seoung Vivian Chung has established herself as one of the leading figures in the Korean-Canadian cultural scene as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. A dancer for more than 30 years, she has been teaching young Canadians and creating new works that fuse traditional Korean and contemporary Canadian elements. Hye Seoung Vivian Chung is a graduate of Kyung Hee University, majoring in Korean Traditional Dance, and a graduate of London Contemporary Dance School. She has extensive dance experience worldwide, and has received prestigious awards including a 2005 Presidential Award of Cultural Excellence from President Roh, Moo-Hyun of South Korea.

Toronto: Autorickshaw

Tuesday, April 29, 2008 | 12:55 PM ET

music lies on the cultural cutting edge, as contemporary jazz and funk easily rub shoulders with the classical and popular music of India. Formed in 2003, Autorickshaw has swiftly risen to become one of the most intriguing acts on the Canadian world music and jazz landscapes.

Their sound showcases the sultry, vocals of Suba Sankaran, anchored by the melodic bass-lines of Rich Brown, over a bed of intricate Indian percussion by Ed Hanley and global rhythms by Patrick Graham. The group's repertoire draws from the classical music of north and south India, jazz and popular music. After garnering a 2004 Juno nomination for World Music Album of the Year and winning a Canadian Independent Music Award in 2005, autorickshaw has once again been nominated for a 2008 Juno Award in the World Music Album of the Year category for "And So the Journey Goes." Autorickshaw's original composition "Heavy Traffic" recently won the prestigious John Lennon Songwriting Contest Grand Prize in World Music.

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Studio One Book Club: Padma Viswanathan

Thursday, April 24, 2008 | 06:07 PM ET
New Face of Fiction: Padma Viswanathan

Studio One Book Club: Padma Viswanathan

North by Northwest
CBC Radio One 690 AM

Listen this year's New Face of Fiction, Padma Viswanathan and her riveting debut novel The Toss of a Lemon on CBC Radio Studio One Book Club

This book club was hosted by Sheryl MacKay and special guest co-host Jen Sookfong Lee (last year's New Face of Fiction).

Toronto: Gundecha Brothers

Thursday, April 24, 2008 | 12:41 PM ET
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Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha: leading Dagarvani Dhrupad singers

Gundecha Brothers

Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha are India's leading exponents of the Dhrupad style, the spiritual heart of Indian classical music. Among of the most internationally active performers of Dhrupad, these dedicated and immensely talented artists have helped to keep alive this ancient and profound tradition; a musical legacy which freshly resonates today amongst yoga and meditation enthusiasts as well as classical music fans. The Gundecha Brothers have sung great Hindi poetry by Tulsidas, Kabir, Padmakar, and Nirala in Dhrupad style. They have numerous recordings on H.M.V, Music Today, Rhythm House, Senseworld Music, Sundaram Records, IPPNW Concerts Berlin, Navras and Audio Rec London. As well as being an integral part of all of India's most prestigious music festivals, the Gundecha Brothers have performed at many important international festivals and institutions in Europe, the U.S., Australia, Japan and Hong Kong.

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Edmonton: True Colours | to May 24

Thursday, April 24, 2008 | 08:17 AM ET
The VAAA Gallery, True Colours: Seasonal Colours by Ann Haessel
The VAAA Gallery, True Colours: Times Square 2 by Wilfred Chiu

True Colours

May 1, 2008 - May 24, 2008
Monday - Friday | 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday | Noon - 4:00 p.m.

Closed May 17 - 19
VAAA Gallery
3rd Floor, 10215 - 112 Street, Edmonton

Visual Arts Alberta is pleased to present TRUE COLOURS, featuring the work
of watercolourist Wilfred Chiu and fibre artist Ann Haessel.

Ann Haessel uses fibre as a base, combining paint, paper, metal, wood and plastic to create unusual and interesting effects. Ann has been strongly influenced by her years of living in Africa and other exotic locales - using the memories, ideas and dreams from these travels to inspire her art. The techniques she uses have developed, over years of experimentation with the tactile quality and textures that can be created with fabric, threads and textiles.

Painter Wilfred Chiu will present a series of large format watercolours created from his recent travels throughout China, New York and Italy. Each piece captures the moment and the mood of place, and is presented in a delicate, gestural manner.

For more information call: 780.421.1731 or visit Visual Arts Alberta.

Visit Asian Heritage Month 2008 Edmonton for more information on Asian Heritage Month in Edmonton.

Winnipeg: Super Happy Fun Monkey Bash | May 23 & 24

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 | 09:02 PM ET
Still image from Super Happy Fun Monkey Bash

Dr. Dave's Dangerous Late-Nite Cinema presents: Super Happy Fun Monkey Bash

Friday, May 23 & Saturday, May 24, 2008 | 11:30 p.m.
The Winnipeg Film Group's Cinematheque
304-100 Arthur Street, Winnipeg
Tickets: $7 General, $6 Students & Srs, $5 members

The Alamo Drafthouse crew has compiled the definitive collection of Japanese oddities: strange, surreal animation, A-list American celebrities pimping themselves out for cheap Japanese products, cruel and inhumane game shows, bawdy situation comedies, unexpected nudity, extreme pro-wrestling, bizarre anti-flatulence products, nonsensical English phrases, singing toilet commercials, tempura fried boobs, supreme goofiness, and more, more, more! I don't know what causes this wild streak of absurdity in Japanese pop culture, but whatever it is, they need to distill it and start sharing with Germany. If you choose to not attend this show, you will have no concept of how joyous and wonderful life can truly be.

Visit Asian Heritage Manitoba for information, events, photos and more on Asian Heritage Month in Manitoba.

Toronto: Reel Asian Spring Showcase | May 23 to 25

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 | 08:49 PM ET

Reel Asian Spring Showcase

Friday May 23 to Sunday May 25, 2008 | Various
York University, Toronto

As part of the Asian Heritage Month Festival put on by Asian Heritage Month-Canadian Foundation for Asian Culture (Central Ontario) Inc., Reel Asian is teaming up with York University to co-present the first Reel Asian Spring Showcase. This three-day event, sponsored by the Department of Canadian Heritage, offers a weekend of free screenings, all hosted by York University at their on-campus venues. In addition to re-engaging the vibrant filmmaking communities at York, this event is part of Reel Asian's ongoing commitment to reach out to audiences outside of the downtown core.

Visit the Reel Asian Spring Showcase online for complete event details

Montreal: Catharsis 2008 | May 23 to 25

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 | 08:00 PM ET

Catharsis 2008

May 23, 2008 to May 25, 2008

Friday, May 23, 2008 | 9:00 p.m.
Complexe SKY, Room Voila
1474 Ste-Catherine E, Montreal
Pay what you can

Saturday, May 24 & Sunday, May 25, 2008 | 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
UQAM University
200 Sherbrooke West, Montreal
Free admission

Sunday, May 25, 2008 | 6:00 p.m.

Bar Fût-Zion
1441 Amherst, Montreal
Free admission

A weekend open to all and completely free of charge! Share, discover and learn stories, testimonials and reactions concerning gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgenders, transsexuals, transvestites and queers from ethnocultural communities. Learn about their realities and their lives within mainstream Quebec society and elsewhere in the world through meetings, social events, theatre, films and conferences.

For an detailed listing of this weekend's event, visit Ethnoculture.

Continue reading about this weekend.

Vancouver: CBC Screenings of Continuous Journey & Shadow of Gold Mountain | May 23

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 | 07:32 PM ET
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Still image from Shadow of Gold Mountain

CBC Film Screenings for Asian Heritage Month

Friday, May 23, 2008 | 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
SFU Harbour Centre
515 West Hastings St., Vancouver

Significant stories on the history of Asian Canadian communities in Canada. This film screening will include Q&A with Ali Kazimi, filmmaker. Moderated by Gordy Mark, president of the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC

Continuous Journey
(Ali Kazimi, 2004)

Shadow of Gold Mountain
(Karen Cho, 2004)

Seating will be extremely limited, so please RSVP early to North American Association of Asian Professionals (NAAAP) Vancouver.

In partnership with NAAAP Vancouver | DOXA Documentary Film Festival | SFU Canadianized Asian Club | Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC

With thanks to the National Film Board.

Continue reading for film synopses and to hear an interview on As It Happens with Filmmaker Ali Kazimi

Vancouver: Japanese Canadian National Museum presents The Sakura Tree | May 23 & 24

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 | 06:58 PM ET

Japanese Canadian National Museum presents The Sakura Tree

National Nikkei Heritage Centre
6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby, BC

Friday, May 23, 2008 | 7:00 p.m.
Artist talk by Karen Brownlee.


Saturday, May 24, 2008 | 2:00 p.m.
Gallery tour and book presentation by Karen Brownlee.
Book signing by Karen Brownlee and author Carolyn McTighe.

Paintings by Karen Brownlee created to illustrate the children's book of the same title, written by Carolyn McTighe, published by Red Deer Press. The Sakura Tree is a gently eloquent tale which follows the progress of three "picture brides" who immigrated to Canada in the early twentieth century. Based on extensive research, oral histories and family photo albums, thirty four models and four cultural consultants, Karen's watercolours explore and present elements of Japanese Canadian life circa 880-1920 (the so called "picture bride" era) until 1940 in the Lower Mainland. Karen Brownlee is an Alberta artist with long standing friendships in the Southern Alberta Japanese Canadian community, an interest in exploring history, and a background in Loatian and Chinese brush painting.

For more information on Asian Heritage Month events happening in and around Vancouver, visit explorASIAN.

Vancouver: Roots, Rhymes and Resistance 2008 | May 23

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 | 06:43 PM ET

Roots, Rhymes and Resistance 2008: Balik sa Komunidad, Balik sa Ugat

Friday, May 23, 2008 | 6:30 p.m.
Sir Charles Tupper Secondary School
419 East 24th Ave., Vancouver
Tickets: $10 entry; $5 for students and low income youth

RRR will showcase local Filipino youth talent to bring forward the issues affecting Filipino community in Canada and the Philippines. Artists include hip hop acts Toxic Slime and Taong Gago, poet Sol Diana, local dance crews, and an art auction. The show will also feature multi-media presentations and speakers from progressive organizations.

Doors and art auction open at 6:30pm

For more information contact UKPC/FCYA at 604.215.1103 or

Ottawa: Stronger You Martial Arts Seminars | May 20 to 25

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 | 05:02 PM ET
Tai Chi Master, Su Zifang

Stronger You Martial Arts and Self Defense Seminars

May 20, 2008 - May 25, 2008
Weekdays | 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday | 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Stronger You Martial Arts
3570 Strandherd Drive, Ottawa

Stronger You Martial Arts is welcoming world renowned Taichi Master, Master Su Zifang to Canada! Master Su, known in China as the "Queen of Tai Chi," will be welcomed with a celebration on Tuesday evening and then will be teaching a series of seminars on Taichi, Taichi Sword, Bagua and Chigung for the remainder of the week. Taichi is a wonderful "internal" martial art, drawing its strength from precision of movement and energy flow. It is wonderful exercise for young and old alike. Everyone is welcome!

For more information: call 613.823.6697 | e-mail | visit Stronger You

Vancouver: 94th Anniversary of Komagata Maru Remembrance | May 23

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 | 04:31 PM ET
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Komagata Maru, Vancouver, c. 1914

94th Anniversary of Komagata Maru Remembrance

Friday, May 23, 2008 | 1:00 p.m.
Bear Creak Park Pavilion
88th Ave. & King George Hwy.
Surrey, BC

We are inviting the public to celebrate the 94th Anniversary of the Komagata Maru arriving in Vancouver. The press will be given ample time to ask questions regarding the Federal Government's announcement and we will be pushing hard for the Provincial Government to do the same.

This 94th anniversary is also significant because it comes at a time when the diverse components of the South Asian people living in the Lower Mainland have been attempting to come together as one collective voice to claim the shared heritage of the Komagata Maru episode. "It does not matter which part of the world we come from, what language we speak, what religious faith we subscribe to, if our roots go back to the South Asian sub-continent, Komagata Maru becomes an important milestone for our South Asian identity in Canada. We are all descendants of the sacrifices made by the Komagata Maru passengers" - that is the guiding spirit of the efforts being made.

Toronto: Asian Heritage Month Exhibition | May 19 to 23

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 | 03:40 PM ET

Asian Heritage Month Exhibition

May 19, 2008 to May 23, 2008 | All day
Metro Hall Rotunda
55 John St., Toronto

Photo and painting exhibition brought to you by the Chinese Canadian Photographic Society of Toronto.

Vancouver: New Asia Film Festival 2008 | May 23

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 | 03:31 PM ET
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Still from Shepherd's Pie and Sushi

New Asia Film Festival 2008

Friday, May 23, 2008 | 9:30 a.m. - 9:45 p.m.
Richmond Cultural Centre
7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC
Tickets: $3 (for 1 session) $2 (membership - required to view films)

Two of several film screenings taking place all day long:

Shepherd's Pie and Sushi | 1:30 p.m.
Directors: Craig Anderl, Mieko Ouchi, Canada, 1998, 40 min, English

Filmmaker Mieko Ouchi is half Celtic, half Japanese... and all Canadian. In 1993, Mieko, an actor, began researching a documentary about her grandfather, Edward Ouchi, a Japanese immigrant in Canada. Then she was cast to star in The War Between Us, a film on the World War II internment of 22,000 Japanese-Canadians--re-enacting a key episode in her own community's history. Part Japanese-Canadian history, part autobiography and family chronicle, Shepherd's Pie and Sushi looks at complex questions of personal and cultural identity with a light touch. Using archival material, dramatic re-enactment, powerful scenes from The War Between Us and moving interviews with members of the Ouchi family, the film relates the early history of Japanese-Canadians and looks at Mieko's and her family's struggles with their own identities.

Taxi | 7:00 p.m.
Director: Zhu Jie, China, 2007, 32 min, Mandarin, Cantonese + English subtitles

This film looks at the hardship and disparity of taxi drivers living and working in many wealthy Chinese cities. The alleys of Beijing are the lifeblood of the city, but the incomes of the taxi drivers who drive them do not reflect the status of this city. Chengdu is well known for its relaxing and cosy atmosphere apart from the taxi drivers whose hardship cannot be alleviated. An indigenous driver in his sixties still needs to earn money for his children, so that he can see his grandchildren. In Hong Kong many tax drivers also volunteer to act as traffic controllers. Between controlling and being controlled, where is the satisfaction for these drivers in life?

Please visit New Asia Film Festival for more a detailed schedule of the film screenings as their synopses.

Calgary: Bharatanatyam Dance Drama | May 23

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 | 03:16 PM ET
Srekala Bharath

Bharatanatyam Dance Drama

Friday May 23, 2008 | 7:30 p.m.
SAIT Orpheus Theatre
1301 16 Ave. N.W., Calgary

Advance tickets: General admission $15, Youth (under 16) $10
Southern India Cultural Association presents Bharatanatyam Dance Drama by Srekala Bharath (Artistic Director) and students of Thejas dance school, Chennai, India with Live Music ARU PADAI VEEDU "Six Abodes of Muruga"

Choreography & Direction: Srekala Bharath, Nattuvangam: S. Srilatha, Vocal: S. Kishore Kumar, Mridangam: R. Kartikeyan, Violin: V. Muruganandam.

For information and tickets, please contact: Nirupama 280-8701, Sudha 241-1104, Usha 239-0852, Gowri 271-1617, Srinivasalu 241-8958 or 400-3321

Vancouver: Hiroshima Immigrants & The Triumph of CItizenship | May 22

Tuesday, April 22, 2008 | 09:31 PM ET
Hiroshima Immigrants in Canada, 1891-1941 by Michiko Midge Ayukawa

Japanese Canadian National Museum and University of British Columbia Press co-present
a book launch, book signing and author talk

Hiroshima Immigrants in Canada, 1891-1941 by Michiko Midge Ayukawa
The Triumph of Citizenship, The Japanese and Chinese in Canada, 1941-67 by Patricia E. Roy

Thursday May 22, 2008 | 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Free, RSVP via e-mail or phone 604.777.7000 ext.109

Hiroshima Immigrants in Canada, 1891-1941 is a fascinating investigation of Japanese migration to Canada prior to the Second World War. It makes Japanese-language scholarship on the subject available for the first time, and also draws on interviews, diaries, community histories, biographies, and the author’s own family history. Starting with the history of the feudal fiefs of Aki and Bingo, which were merged into Hiroshima prefecture, Ayukawa describes the political, economic, and social circumstances that precipitated emigration between 1891 and 1941. She then examines the lives and experiences of those migrants who settled in western Canada. Interviews with three generations of community members, as well as with those who never emigrated, supplement research on immigrant labour, the central role of women, and the challenges Canadian-born children faced as they navigated life between two cultures. Michiko Midge Ayukawa lives in Victoria, British Columbia, and has published widely on Japanese Canadian history.

The Triumph of Citizenship explains why Canada ignored the rights of Japanese Canadians and placed strict limits on Chinese immigration. In response, Japanese Canadians and their supporters in the human rights movement managed to halt "repatriation" to Japan, and Chinese Canadians successfully lobbied for the same rights as other Canadians to sponsor immigrants. The final triumph of citizenship came in 1967, when immigration regulations were overhauled and the last remnants of discrimination removed. The Triumph of Citizenship reminds all Canadians of the values and limits of their citizenship. Patricia E. Roy is a professor emerita of history at the University of Victoria and a member of the Royal Society of Canada.

Ottawa: Destination Philippines! A Strategy Sharing Session for the Expansion of Your Business | May 22

Tuesday, April 22, 2008 | 07:30 PM ET

Destination Philippines! A Strategy Sharing Session for the Expansion of Your Business

Thursday, May 22, 2008 | 12:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Library and Archives Canada, Room A
395 Wellington St., Ottawa
Admission: $40 for CPBC members, $50 for non-members

Ask the experts about cultural and commerical aspects of doing business in the Philippines. Meet the Philippine Ambassador and former Canadian Ambassador to the Philippines. Find out from EDC and ITC about government assistance.

Presented by the Canada Philippines Business Council.

For information contact Les Kumar-Misir: 613.526.1387 or

Visit the Ottawa Asian Heritage Month Societyonline for more on Asian Heritage Month events in Ottawa.

Ottawa: Filipino-Canadian Heritage Celebration Day | May 22

Tuesday, April 22, 2008 | 07:20 PM ET
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Filipino-Canadian Heritage Celebration Day

Thursday, May 22, 2008 | 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Library and Archives Canada
395 Wellington St., Ottawa
Free admission

During the day from 11:00 a.m., there will be table exhibits by the Philippine Embassy and local community organizations, as well as displays of Philippine paintings, crafts and jewelry. There will also be a cooking demonstration by Cuisine Sante International.

Philippine artist Eugene Pendon is coming from Montreal to exhibit his paintings and paint a mural which will be auctioned later.

Bring the whole family. Everyone is welcome!

Program highlights include:

• A virtual visit to the Philippines
• Opening remarks from Philippine Ambassador Jose Brillantes and other dignitaries
• Philippine Dance Troupe of Ottawa
• Pamana Ng Lahi Dance Troupe
• Workshop on public speaking and leadership
• Filipino songs and poetry

Presented by the Filipino-Canadian Community and the Philippine Embassy.


For more information on Asian Heritage Month in Ottawa, visit the Ottawa Asian Heritage Month Societyonline.

Montreal: Indian and Bollywood Dance Workshop | May 22

Tuesday, April 22, 2008 | 05:31 PM ET

Dancer, choreographer and yoga instructor, Hemalayaa Behl

Indian and Bollywood Dance Workshop

Thursday, May 22, 2008 | 7:00 p.m.
5244, rue St.Urbain, Montreal
Cost: $40

Festival Accès Asie is honoured to welcome Hemalayaa Behl, choreographer, dancer and yoga instructor for a workshop on Indian and Bollywood dance. Open to everyone, this workshop is an opportunity to plunge into the colourful and fascinating world of East Indian musical comedy and learn its techniques. Join in on a discovery that seduces millions of spectators yearly. With its bewitching melodies, it is as contagious as it is spirited.

Continue reading for more on Hemalayaa Behl.

Calgary: Buddha's Birthday Celebration | May 22

Tuesday, April 22, 2008 | 02:47 PM ET

Buddha's Birthday Celebration

Thursday May 22, 2008 | 12:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Glenbow Museum Main Lobby
Free (museum admission is required to visit the galleries)

Buddha's Birthday (also known as Vesak) is a time for great joy and happiness. Drop by Glenbow throughout the day to make a small offering, and contemplate the philosophies of charity, kindness and humility. Special prayer ceremony and birthday cake at 7:00 p.m.

Ottawa: Cooking Demonstrations | May 21

Monday, April 21, 2008 | 08:51 PM ET

Exotic Escape: What’s for Dinner
Cooking Demonstrations

Wednesday May 21, 2008 | Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Real Canadian Superstore
190 Richmond Rd., Ottawa
Free admission (with donation of canned or non-perishable food for the Ottawa Food Bank)

Join expert Chef Thuy Nguyen at her "What’s for Dinner" classes dedicated to the diverse culinary delights of Asia. On May 21, her class will focus on Thai food.

For more information on Asian Heritage Month in Ottawa, visit the Ottawa Asian Heritage Month Societyonline.

Ottawa: Islamic History and Culture Films | May 21

Monday, April 21, 2008 | 06:46 PM ET
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Still from Islamic Art: Africa and Central Asia

Islamic Art: Africa and Central Asia

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 | 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Ottawa Public Library Main Branch
120 Metcalfe St., Ottawa
Free admission

Continuing his trek across the Muslim world, art scholar Waldemar Januszczak introduces viewers to masterworks in Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia—from the gigantic and surreal mud mosques of Mali; to a rare, 10th-century Egyptian ewer carved out of a single piece of rock crystal; to the inspired urban planning of the ancient city of Isfahan in Iran; to the stunning architecture of Uzbekistan’s Samarquand. Januszczak shares his knowledge of the Sunni-Shiite schism and its artistic implications, the Fatimid influence evident in Cairo’s Al-Azhar mosque, and the vast debt which Gothic architecture owes to the arches and filigrees of medieval Islamic building design. (45 minutes)

Q&A session after the film. Presented by Islamic History Month Canada.

For more information: e-mail

Visit the Ottawa Asian Heritage Month Societyonline for more on Asian Heritage Month in Ottawa.

Toronto: Raging Asian Women Taiko Drummers | May 21

Monday, April 21, 2008 | 03:47 PM ET
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RAW - Raging Asian Women Taiko Drummers

Cool Drummings: Raging Asian Women Taiko Drummers

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 | 6:30 p.m.
Philosopher's Walk, University of Toronto
Free admission

As part of the second annual Cool Drummings: International Percussion Festival, Soundstreams Canada brings you the Raging Asian Women Taiko Drummers.

Raging Asian Women (RAW) is a collective of East and South-East Asian women carrying on the North American Taiko drumming tradition and promoting social justice while making music. RAW integrate rhythm and movement to show a powerful expression of their unique experiences as Asian-Canadian women. RAW believes in the power of collective creation and collaboration, and are continually working to develop innovative artistic ideas.

For more information visit RAW - Raging Asian Women

Montreal: “ÉCLATS NOCTURNES” | Shuni Tsou in studio with Homerun

Sunday, April 20, 2008 | 11:56 PM ET

“ÉCLATS NOCTURNES” A multi-disciplinary performance

Thursday, May 1 to Saturday, May 3 | 8 p.m.
MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels)
3680, rue Jeanne Mance
Tickets: regular price $20,
reduced $18, student $15

Featuring Khosro Berahmandi - Paintings, Shahin Parhami - Video projections, Shuni Tsou - Chinese bamboo flute,
Nicolas Caloia - Bass, Ziya Tabassian - Percussion, Geneviève La - Dance.

Did you know that Montreal has the longest running Asian arts festival in Canada? It's called Festival Accès Asie and it runs May 1 to 24.

Flautist Shuni Tsou joined CBC Radio One's Homerun in studio to discuss her music and the festival. She also improvises on a traditional Taiwanese folk song. Watch audio (runs 7:06)

Ottawa: Concert by Liu Fang | May 20

Sunday, April 20, 2008 | 08:27 PM ET
Pierre Obendrauf/Montreal

Concert by Pipa & Guzheng (Chinese zither) Virtuoso Liu Fang

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 | 8:00 p.m.
Library and Archives Canada, Auditorium
395 Wellington St., Ottawa
Tickets: $20 (adults), $15 (students with ID)

Tickets are available from New168 Market (1050 Somerset St.W), ZENTERIORS (459 Sussex Dr.), East wind (802 Bank St., 361 Richmond Rd.) or from OAHMS via e-mail.

Internationally acclaimed pipa and guzheng virtuoso, Liu Fang, gave her first public solo performance at age nine and played for Queen Elizabeth in 1985. This Shanghai Conservatory of Music graduate is described as being "one of the greatest virtuosos," "the empress of pipa" (L'actualité, 2001). Presented by the OAHMS.

For more Information see Liu Fang's website or e-mail the Ottawa Asian Heritage Month Society.

Vancouver: CBC Studio One Concert Broadcast: Mani Khaira & Navaz | May 19

Saturday, April 19, 2008 | 11:23 PM ET
Mani Khaira performs at CBC Studio One (Leah Yin Sokol/CBC)

Mani Khaira & Navaz at CBC Studio One, Vancouver

Monday, May 19, 2008 | 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. PT
Canada Live
CBC Radio 2 105.7 FM

Tune in to this AHM broadcast on Canada Live to hear two great concerts given by Mani Khaira and Navaz.

Ever wondered what piano pop masters Elton John and Billy Joel would sound like if they were writing music as young men today? That might be just what Mani Khaira is doing with his music. But it's Mani you really hear because Mani Khaira brings an emotional energy to his sound that always makes it personal. This is keyboard oriented pop for those who love a good tune.

Navaz is a collaboration between guitarist Eric Tompkins and Persian vocalist Neda Jalali. Navaz translates from Farsi as "a soothing melody." The music will make you want to dance or take you on an exotic journey to far away places. Eric and Neda came from a somewhat far away place in the BC interior (Prince George) in 2007 to perform this concert for a sold out audience at CBC Studio One in Vancouver.

Vancouver: I am the Canadian Delegate

Saturday, April 19, 2008 | 01:11 AM ET

I am the Canadian Delegate
Duration: 48:00 – Director - Wesley Lowe
Canada 2007. Director: Wesley Lowe.

Monday, May 19, 2008 | 7:15 p.m.

Buy tickets from the Pacifique Cinematheque

Wesley Lowe’s inspiring documentary tells the story of B.C.’s Douglas Jung (1924-2002), a World War II veteran who was Canada’s first Chinese Canadian Member of Parliament. Jung’s story embodies the struggles (and victories) of many early Chinese Canadians. Born and raised in Victoria at a time when ethnic Chinese were denied the rights of full citizenship, Jung nonetheless volunteered to fight for his country. The wartime service of Jung and others like him saw Chinese Canadians finally gain equal rights, including the vote, in 1947, opening the door for Jung’s groundbreaking political career. 48 mins.

Winnipeg: Asian Canadian Festival at the Forks | May 18 and 19

Friday, April 18, 2008 | 09:04 PM ET

Asian Canadian Festival at the Forks

Sunday May 18, 2008 | 1:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Monday May 19, 2008 | 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
The Forks Plaza, Winnipeg

Showcasing various Asian Canadian groups and cooking demonstrations.
Sunday's festivities will be followed by fireworks.

For more information e-mail Fortunato Lim

Visit Asian Heritage Manitoba for information, events, photos and more on Asian Heritage Month in Manitoba.

Montreal: Film Screenings of Passions Latines & Yellow Fellas | May 18

Friday, April 18, 2008 | 08:12 PM ET
Cheuk Kwan, director of Passions Latines
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Still from Yellow Fellas

Passions Latines & Yellow Fellas

Sunday, May 18, 2008 | 1:00 & 3:00 p.m.
1564 Saint-Denis, Montréal
Tickets: $5 at the door

Passions Latines (Cheuk Kwan) | 1:00 p.m. (French only)
Yellow Fellas (Tetsuro Shigematsu) | 3:00 p.m. (English only)

In collaboration with the National Film Board Theatre, Festival Accès Asie is proud to present film screenings of two Asian filmmakers who are proud of their heritage. As part of a documentary series Resaturants chinois, Passions Latines tells the story of the Chinese diaspora through its most recognizable and enduring icon - the family-run Chinese restaurant. Filmmaker Cheuk Kwan visits Latin American cities of Lima, Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires encountering restaurant owners enthralled in their passion for cooking, soccer and tango.

The feature length comedy, Yellow Fellas by Tetsuro Shigematsu, follows Howie Hiroshima, a young Asian male tired of racism who decides to create a secret group of militant Asian men who are anxious to get their revenge against the society who has emasculated their identity. Original and smart, this film pokes fun at the media stereotypes of Asian men.

For more details visit Festival Accès Asie

Continue reading for film synopses.

Ottawa: Asian Heritage Day in Gatineau | May 18

Friday, April 18, 2008 | 08:08 PM ET

Asian Heritage Day in Gatineau

Sunday, May 18, 2008 | 10:00 am - 4:00 p.m.
Maison du Citoyen (City Hall)
25 Laurier St.,Gatineau, QC
Free Admission

The City of Gatineau celebrates Asian Heritage Month with a day of traditional dance and musical performances and more. Enjoy unique art displays, short films, as well as authentic Asian food. There is a panel discussion on cultural adaptation of Vietnamese women in Canada.

Presented by the City of Gatineau, Chinese Association of Outaouais, and the OAHMS.

For more information e-mail Ming Zhang or visit Ottawa Asian Heritage Month Societyonline.

Montreal: Trois pinceaux d'Orient | May 3 to 18

Friday, April 18, 2008 | 06:58 PM ET

Vernissage: “Trois pinceaux d'Orient”

Saturday, May 3, 2008 | 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Bibliothèque du Mile End
5434, avenue du Parc, Montreal
Free Admission

In collaboration with Bibliothèque du Mile End, Festival Accès Asie presents an exhibition that brings together three female painters from the East. Hailing from Turkey, Iran and Syria, artists Pelin Yazar Canez, Nazanin Afshar and Khadijah Chekh Baker invite visitors to discover their outlook on our contemporary world. Exhibit runs until May 18.

For more information visit Festival Accès Asie!

Studio One Book Club: Taras Grescoe | May 18

Friday, April 18, 2008 | 06:35 PM ET
Taras Grescoe

Studio One Book Club: Taras Grescoe

Sunday, May 18, 2008 | Noon - 1:30 p.m.
North by Northwest
CBC Radio One 690 AM

CBC Radio's North by Northwest is pleased to partner with Barbara-Jo's Books to Cooks for this special Studio One Book Club featuring Taras Grescoe and his new book Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood. Like his international best-seller The Devil's Picnic, this new book promises to entertain, enlighten, and stun you, as Taras reveals how out-of-control pollution, unregulated fishing practices and global warming affect the fish on our plates. As he tours the world looking for delicious and healthy seafood, he introduces the reader to the world's finest cuisines and most importantly reveals what every lover of great food needs to know to be a well-informed consumer of seafood. Hosted by Sheryl MacKay with special guest co-host, Quang Dang, Chef de Cuisine of C Restaurant.

Come join us for a delicious and enlightening conversation on Sunday May 18, from 12 noon to 1:30 pm at the CBC Broadcast Centre. To enter to win tickets, go to Studio One Book Club.

CBC News: Vancouver Sunday | May 4

Friday, April 4, 2008 | 08:00 PM ET

CBC News:Vancouver Sunday at 11:00 pm on CBC Television

CBC Television's Rosa Marchitelli

Rosa Marchitelli on CBC News: Vancouver Sunday will feature another special segment for Asian Heritage Month. This segment will profile young musicians and poets with a "loud and proud" message for "gay'sian" youth struggling with their identity amid cultural pressures.

Asian Heritage Month Broadcasts on Canada Live: Tambura Rasa + Debi Prasad Chatterjee | May 3

Thursday, April 3, 2008 | 09:39 PM ET

Asian Heritage Month Broadcasts on Canada Live


7 nights a week from 8 to 10, CBC Radio 2 listeners will be transported to concert halls, music clubs and festival stages across the country for live performances from the best Canadian artists. The show will be on the move, coming from a different major Canadian music centre each night.

Tune in to a great AHM broadcast on Canada Live:

May 3 Tambura Rasa + Debi Prasad Chatterjee

"From the Middle East to Vancouver's East side, and far and wide, Tambura Rasa takes you on a musical journey.

From the richness of India and the upbeat sounds of West Africa, to the sensual rhythms of the Middle East, the joyous dance of the Balkans and the Flamenco of Spain, Tambura Rasa's tour is non-stop.

Tambura Rasa a quintet featuring vocals, multi-percussion, bass and violin includes rich ancient traditions from diverse corners of the world with an acoustic underpinning that keeps the sound grounded."

Pandit Debi Prasad Chatterjee is a highly regarded name among Indian musicians as an outstanding Sitarist and teacher of Indian Classical Music. He has been honored with many awards throughout his illustrious career including the 'President's Award' and was named "National Scholar of Music" for his contributions to the promotion of Indian Classical Music. Chatterjee brings his instrument to CBC Studio One for a concert with local musicians Sunny Matharu and Peter Berkham. A collaboration between some of Canada's rising Indian musicians and an international star.

CBC News: Vancouver Saturday | All about Asian Heritage Month

Thursday, April 3, 2008 | 07:45 PM ET

CBC News: Vancouver Saturday
Saturday, May 3 | 10:30pm (after Hockey Night in Canada)

Feature: CBC News: Vancouver Saturday with host Rosa Marchitelli. Watch CBC's special segment on what Asian Heritage Month is all about, and why it matters.Watch video(runs 1:47)