Asian Heritage Month


Laughter (HASYA) Yoga

Wednesday, June 4, 2008 | 06:36 PM ET
Dr. Madan Kataria, creator of Laughter Yoga

Laughter (Hasya) Yoga

It all began with five people coming together and laughing in a Mumbai park which has over the past decade cascaded into a worldwide movement with more than 5,000 laughter clubs all over the world.

Laughter Yoga was conceived by Dr. Madan Kataria in Mumbai, India. What started as a research assignment in 1995 on the benefits of laughter has taken on a life of its own.

Laughter Yoga is an effective routine that brings complete physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being. It instantly reduces stress by bringing more oxygen into the body, strengthening the immune system, fighting depression and creating a network of individuals who come together just to laugh.

The yoga in this therapy entails a series of breathing and easy movement exercises designed to teach the body to laugh without depending on jokes or humor. Dr. Kataria starts with the premise that the mind and body does not differentiate between laughing at something and laughing for no reason, so laughing for no reason is often the best medicine.

Drawing from India’s long array of yogic practice and with the help of his wife Madhuri, a yoga teacher, Laughter Yoga was invented. Laughing for no reason, is good for you.

There are laughter yoga clubs across Canada. Visit Laughter Yoga Canada for more information or contact:

Wendy Woods at 416.926.9450 or
Lynn Himmelmann at 416.469.2033 or

Calgary: Tagalog Language School

Thursday, May 29, 2008 | 06:01 PM ET
Contributor: Chris dela Torre

CBC Calgary Eyeopener's Chris dela Torre prepared a series of stories about the Asian experience in Calgary for Asian Heritage Month. In this last installment of his series, he gets personal and visits the Filipino Cultural Foundation to take a language class. Watch audio (runs 4:05) Like 19,000 of Alberta's 36,000 Filipinos, Chris doesn't speak his parents' language.

Calgary: Superstar Karaoke

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 | 05:29 PM ET

The cultures of Asia have their own unique qualities. But they also have much in common: namely, a fondness for karaoke. During Asian Heritage Month,The Eyeopener's Chris dela Torre took listeners on a tour of the Asian experience in Calgary. In this segment, he tries to find out why singing in public is so popular with many Asian cultures.

Join Chris dela Torre on a visit to Superstar Karaoke, Watch audio (runs 6:35) Calgary's only large-scale, alcohol free karaoke facility.

Calgary: Kendo Class

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 | 05:03 PM ET

Kendo is a Japanese fencing martial art. During Asian Heritage Month, CBC Calgary Eyeopener's Chris dela Torre visited the Calgary Kendo Club and spoke with instructor Steven Moses and some of the students about Kendo class. Watch audio (runs 4:08)

Calgary: Pacific Centre Mall

Monday, May 26, 2008 | 05:45 PM ET

The Calgary Eyeopener's Chris dela Torre prepared a series of stories about the Asian experience in Calgary for Asian Heritage Month. In this segment, he profiles Pacific Place Mall in the city's northeast — considered a cultural hub for many Asian Calgarians, especially new immigrants — and finds out what makes the mall so special for Asians and non-Asians alike. Watch audio (runs 4:45)

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.

Calgary: Stanley Jones Grocery

Tuesday, May 6, 2008 | 05:15 PM ET
Stanley Jones Grocery in Calgary (Derek MacDougall/Calgary)

Stanley Jones Grocery is a Renfrew/Bridgeland landmark in Calgary. It has been in the neighbourhood for a long time - a hundred years. While it was built by pioneers, like many cornerstores in Calgary, it is now run by new immigrants.

The Chaw family came from South Korea nearly five years ago. They work around the clock making homemade food and serving their community. And while the work is hard, the Chaw's say they do it all for their children.

The Eyeopener's Carla Turner dropped in on the family. Watch audio (runs 4:38)

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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