Asian Heritage Month


Asian Heritage on The Early Edition

Monday, May 4, 2009 | 06:40 PM ET


Ten years ago four rusty boats landed off the shores of BC. They carried hundreds of migrants from the Chinese province of Fujian. This event sparked fierce debate amongst Canadians about whether the refugees should stay or be deported back to China. Tune into the Early Edition May 19th to 22nd as they tell you what happened to some of the 599 migrants who landed on our shores; and find out how this event changed our immigration system and sense of identity as Canadians.

The Early Edition airs weekdays 5:30 to 8:37 a.m. on CBC Radio One in Britsh Columbia.

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.

Tandava in Studio 40

Thursday, April 30, 2009 | 08:30 PM ET


Tandava is four piece ensemble that mirrors the cultural diversity of Vancouver in its music. Elements of Chinese, South Asian, African and European music all harmonize with astonishing ease in the hands of Tandava.

What makes their music work is the skill with which they fuse their musical backgrounds and cultural references. But ultimately, like good chefs or any artist, they just have something to say and they know how to say it. It's music that pleases the ear.

The concert will be broadcast on May 25th at 8pm on CBC Radio Two.

Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble

Thursday, April 30, 2009 | 08:22 PM ET


The Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival supports active cultural traditions in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. In 2008, the Festival honoured one of their founding communities with a day celebrating Asian-Canadian artists.

CBC's mics were in the Great Hall at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden to bring you this ensemble's eclectic blend of popular and traditional Chinese music. These accomplished instrumentalists play erhu (Chinese violin), dizi (Chinese flute), pipa (Chinese lute), yangqin (Chinese hammered dulcimer), zheng (Chinese harp) and ruan (Chinese guitar).

The concert will be broadcast on May 25th at 8pm on CBC Radio Two.

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

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

Vancouver: Muay Thai

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 | 09:02 PM ET

Muay Thai or Thai Boxing has roots that extends far into Thailand's history. It was first used in close combat on the battlefield and was eventually popularized as a spectator sport. Now recognized as Thailand's national sport, this fighting style is described as the most dangerous of all martial arts. It utilizes all parts of the body: hands, feet, shins, elbows and the head as weapons against one's opponent. Fast-paced and intense, Muay Thai is not for the faint of heart.

Watch Jayson Go report on this full-contact ultimate-fighting boxing style Watch video (runs 2:04)

Vancouver: Global Human Rights Torch Relay Stops in Vancouver

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 | 07:33 PM ET
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Part of a tour spanning 40 countries, the Human Rights Torch arrives at the Vancouver Art Gallery

It began in August of last year in Athens and has continued through Europe, Australia and New Zealand, parts of South Asia, Africa and South America, finally arriving in Vancouver on Sunday, May 25 as its last North American stop. The Global Human Rights Torch Relay is aimed to raise awareness about China's human rights record before the start of the Olympic Games in Beijing this summer. Scheduled to end in Hong Kong in July, protesters are trying to emphasize that the atrocities being committed in China are not in keeping with the spirit of the Olympics.

Read the full length article on the Global Human Rights Torch visit in Vancouver.

Watch Jayson Go report on the 'Global Human Rights Torch' in Vancouver Watch video (runs 1:47)

Good Citizens

Monday, May 26, 2008 | 07:00 PM ET
The Good Citizens

From CBC Archives, an exploration of Chinese-Canadian identity in 1960s Canada. The two-part documentaryThe Good Citizens originally aired in August 1964 on the Vancouver-produced series Camera West. The title is attributed to the idea that despite the prejudice directed against them in earlier decades, Chinese-Canadians had proven to be "good citizens."

The selected episode, Search for the Past Watch video(runs 8:00) explores the impact of modern life and social concerns on Chinese-Canadian identity as well as the history of anti-Chinese prejudice in western North America and the Chinese response. The subject is examined from the viewpoint of young Chinese-Canadian Bob Lee, with comments from several other interviewees. Includes footage of Vancouver's Chinatown by day.

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.

Filipino food

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 | 07:37 PM ET

Filipino food

This slideshow, narrated by Maj Yee, owner of Goldilocks Bakeshop in Vancouver, is a sampling of various Filipino foods.

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

The Early Edition: Under the Radar: From Manila to Metro Vancouver: Interviews

Monday, May 12, 2008 | 08:01 PM ET
Host: Margaret Gallagher

On Monday May 12 The Early Edition launched its weeklong series Under the Radar: From Manila to Metro Vancouver. We celebrated Filipinos in the Lower Mainland - from challenges to change.

Here's what we covered:

Monday May 12

Margaret Gallagher goes to Goldilocks. To Filipinos, Goldilocks is more than just a fairytale - it's an extremely popular bakery chain in the Philippines. We talk to Maj Yee Watch audio (runs 7:01), whose family started the business and who owns the flagship shop in Vancouver.

The Filipino-Canadians are a well established thriving community here in Vancouver. But how long have they been here? And why did many of them come? We'll get the bigger picture from Aprodicio Laquian Watch audio (runs 7:39), a UBC professor who's about to launch a book about the history of Filipino-Canadians in Canada.

The book launch for Seeking a Better Life Abroad: A Study of Filipinos in Canada is on May 20 at 5:00 p.m. at the UBC Centre for Asian Research.

The big question we're trying to answer this week is why we don't hear more from the Filipino community in Vancouver. We'll talk to Carmelita Tapia Watch audio (runs 5:17), a businesswoman and the president of the Southeast Asia Canada Business Council. She's trying to forge stronger ties between Vancouver and the Philippines - while encouraging others in the community to get involved.

Continue reading Under the Radar: From Manila to Metro Vancouver

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.

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)