Asian Heritage Month


Flower Drum Song on North by Northwest

Monday, May 4, 2009 | 05:14 PM ET


Jen Sookfong Lee will be Sheryl MacKay's co-host on North by Northwest Sunday May 10th. Jen will be profiling various Asian Canadians in the BC arts scene, including Rick Tae, the producer of a new all-Asian cast version of Flower Drum Song by Rodgers & Hammerstein, as well as photographers Ellen Ho and Ai Nagasawa who are on a quest to turn everyone into art objects. To find out more, tune in to CBC Radio One in British Columbia from 6am to 9 am on Sunday May 10th.

Toronto: Persian dance at Harbourfront Centre

Tuesday, August 12, 2008 | 03:03 PM ET


Image courtesy of Minou Akhlaghi

A scientist by profession, Maria Sabaye Moghaddam specializes in Persian classical and folkloric dances from various regions of Iran. She has developed a unique style of story telling through dance accompanied by facial gestures. Maria has had numerous performances in various cultural events and appeared on Rogers Television. She is very active in the dance community and holds Persian dance classes for both youth and adults in Toronto. She is also the dance director for the Tirgan: Iranian Festival.

Ms. Moghaddam performed two classical Persian dances and presented a folk dance workshop at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre on July 27, 2008 as part of the What is Classical? festival.

More photos from the event under the cut

Vancouver: Powell Street Festival Society presents Rhythm Clash

Wednesday, July 23, 2008 | 06:04 PM ET


RHYTHM CLASH: A collaboration with Total Constructive Interference (taiko) and no luck club (electronics) at the 32nd annual Powell Street Festival.

Rhythm Clash collaboration: no luck club with Total Construction Interface. Taiko drumming meets electronics - total madness to ensue.

The Powell Street Festival took place on August 2 and 3, 2008 at Oppenheimer Park in Vancouver.

View our photogallery from the Powell Street Festival on the CBC British Columbia page

Continue reading for more information, or visit:
Powell Street Festival | no luck club | LOUD

Roy Miki and the Kootenay School of Writing

Thursday, July 17, 2008 | 11:08 PM ET
Roy Miki in the foreground, with others assembled at Spartacus Books to hear Miki read on January 31, 2007. (photo from Kootenay School of Writing.)

In addition to his academic and activist work, Roy Miki has been an active member of the Vancouver literary community for many years. Though he was never a member of the Kootenay School of Writing (commonly known as the KSW) Miki and the KSW occupy the same shared history of the west coast's literary world. For example, Roy founded the influential literary journal West Coast Line, which has published many KSW affiliated writers over the years.

The KSW's extensive online audio archives include the following readings from Roy, which you can listen to by accessing the links below to the KSW archives page:

Continue reading to watch a clip about KSW's early years

Edmonton: Focus on art

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 | 06:14 PM ET

Our series continues with a look at fusion art where message is universal and the style is East meets West.

Watch the full story (Runs 1:35)

Digital Diversity: Generation DX2

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 | 10:20 PM ET

RCI Digital Diversity Competition: Generation DX2

Last September, RCI viva invited high school students across Canada to express themselves on intercultural relations. To enter the Generation DX2 competition, students between 12 and 18 years old were asked to talk to us about their reality or to tell us a story about cultural differences through short film, audio work or photo story.

The jury selected 58 finalists' works: 49 in French (28 short films, 14 audio works, 7 photo stories) and 9 in English (5 short flims, 3 audio works, and 1 photo story).

View them all at DX2.

Vancouver: CBC Radio Battle of Beethoven winner Jovian Cheng

Monday, May 19, 2008 | 07:12 PM ET
Fifteen-year old Battle of Beethoven winner Jovian Cheng

The CBC Radio Battle of Beethoven was fought in Vancouver’s CBC Studio One. Students aged 13 to 18 from around BC competed for fame, glory and national broadcast exposure on CBC Radio Two. Competitors were asked to perform their most compelling rendition of music written by the brooding 19th century Viennese composer.

The winner of the contest was fifteen-year old Vancouver pianist Jovian Cheng. Jovian started piano lessons at six with Peggy Yip and now studies with Dr. Sasha Starcevich, Last year, he won first prize at the Canadian Music Competition (Piano 14 years and under). He recently had his debut with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performing the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto. Jovian plans to continue his studies and pursue a career in music.

"Jovian Cheng shows a musical maturity far beyond his 15 years. The power and elegance of his playing and the expression in his musical voice set Jovian apart from the other competitors. I'm sure we'll hear more from this fine young pianist in the years to come" - Matthew McFarlane, judge and producer, CBC Radio Battle of Beethoven

Hear Jovian Cheng’s performance of Beethoven’s “Waldstein” Sonata Watch audio (last movement) (runs 10:33)

Organized in conjunction with the Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festivals

Ottawa: Mushfiq Arts Company

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 | 05:16 PM ET

On Monday May 5th, CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning celebrated Music Monday, a day to celebrate the learning of music. As a part of its coverage that day, Ottawa Morning spoke with students and teachers Listen Audio (runs 5:01) at Mushfiq Arts Company, a performing arts society that specializes in classical and light classical Indian and Afghani folk music and arts.

For more information on the company, visit the Mushfiq Arts Company online

Smaro Kamboureli on Roy Miki

Monday, May 12, 2008 | 09:04 PM ET
Smaro Kamboureli, Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Critical Studies in Canadian Literature at the School of English and Theatre Studies, University of Guelph (Maria Gilli/Greece)

Smaro Kamboureli will give the keynote address at the closing of the Tracing the Lines Symposium. Here she reflects on Roy Miki's life, work and legacy. Video clips courtesy of CBC Archives.

Roy Miki is one of a handful of Canadians that I know whose life course and career path can be described accurately only by resorting to superlatives. What makes him so exceptional is that he exemplifies what Antonio Gramsci calls an organic intellectual: someone who, rooted in a community and its local struggles, also engages in an equally committed fashion with various institutions and the nation to effect change for society at large. Dr. Miki has done this through cultural and political activism, teaching, scholarship, and poetry.

Whether it is in relation to the Redress movement of Japanese Canadians, the Writing thru Race conference sponsored by the Writers’ Union of Canada, writing and editing in the areas of Canadian literature in general and Asian Canadian literature in particular, or pedagogy inside and outside the classroom, Dr. Miki’s publications, cultural activities and social activism have demonstrated, and have done so over a long span of time, a dedication and commitment to change that are virtually unparalleled.

For example, because of his fundamental belief in justice, especially justice as it pertains to the effects of racialization and racism, Dr. Miki took on two of the most significant struggles about race relations and culture in recent Canadian history whose outcomes have had, and will continue to have, a lasting impact on Canadian society and culture.

Continue reading to see video clips of Roy Miki from CBC's Archives

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)