CBC Ottawa Celebrates Asian Heritage Month

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Since 2001, May has been Asian Heritage Month in Canada. Here at CBC Ottawa we support the event by participating in some of the many events taking place in our city. If you'd like to check things out for yourself, visit the Asian Heritage Month Society website.


Here's a run-down of our coverage of the event this year. 

The Canadian War Museum launched a new exhibit on May 24. One War, Two Victories explores the experiences of Chinese Canadians who served in the Canadian military and volunteer services in Allied war efforts during WWII. Robyn Bresnahan spoke with historian Larry Wong who put together the exhibit and Allan Lim, Ottawa's last surviving Chinese Canadian war vet on May 25. The exhibit runs until January 6, 2013.

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May 22, Alan Neal spoke with jazz vocalist, Peter Liu, visual artist Minh Nguyen and Peking Opera performer William Lau in a preview of the panel discussion Off the Beaten Track: Asian Canadians in Creative Fields. The three give their point of view on whether its tougher or easier to be successful in a creative field as Asian Canadians.

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Ottawa Morning featured Bamboo Groove on the show May 18. Here they are with a few tunes to give you an idea of what's in store if you can see them live.

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Saturday, May 12 saw Michael Bhardwaj hosting Chinatown Remixed - a celebration of art on Somerset Street West. Before heading out, he interviewed Don Kwan and Jess Weatherhead about the event. 

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All in a Day featured a fascinating interview with SauLan Mo, artist and educator, about the Asian influence on  Van Gogh's work on May 11. Especially timely, given the upcoming opening of "Van Gogh: Up Close" at that National Gallery.


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Wednesday, May 9 Alan Neal had Chef Caroline Ishii was in to talk about all things fiddlehead for All in a Day's D is for Dinner feature. Chef Ishii's restaurant Zen Kitchen, is part of the Chinatown Remixed event on the 12th, paired with artist Timothy Hunt.

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May 8 Robyn Bresnahan from Ottawa Morning interviewed the talented guitarist, Dat Nguyen. He performed later that same night at the NAC.

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May 5, our own Michael Bhardwaj host of In Town and Out had this feature interview with Sook-Yin Lee. She was in town for a screening of her film The Year of the Carnivore. 

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Last Thursday May 3 Alan Neal, host of CBC Radio One's All in a Day spoke to a local sake sommelier  to find out about all things sake. Here he is with Sam Toma, who presented Japanese Sake: Fact & Fiction later that same evening.

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Be sure to check back here because we'll keep this post up to date with all the latest program coverage.


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