Friday, February 26, 2010

explorASIAN News | Community Events | Call For Submissions | Competitions


Shaw Multicultural Channel and explorASIAN present the 3rd Annual Filmmakers Showcase

Shaw Multicultural Channel is looking for short films by local Canadian filmmakers that portrays, explores or celebrates different aspects of the Asian-Canadian experience.

Selected films are shown on Shaw Multicultural Channel during Asian Heritage Month in May 2010

Deadline for submissions:  postmarked by March 1, 2010 (new date extension)

For more information:


CBC Radio Canada International ROOTS Competition

Everyone has a story to tell. Radio Canada International invites all Canadians and permanent residents to tell us about their origins by entering ROOTS (or its French-language cousin RACINES), its brand-new short film and multimedia production competition.

Deadline: March 7, 2010

The competition is open to amateurs and professionals alike, but you must be at least 18 years old to enter.

Simply submit a 3 to 8 minute work that speaks of your roots and touches on part of your history or an aspect of your culture. Entries can come in any form: fiction, report, documentary, animation, photomontage . . . And also in any genre: comedy, detective, drama, slam, art video . . . In short, we welcome anything unique, original, touching, or surprising that might captivate viewers and Internet users, and catch a jury’s eye!

In spring 2010, the juries appointed by Radio Canada International will select the works that best meet competition criteria: consistency with the theme, originality, artistic value and technical quality. The public will also be able to vote online for their favourite entries. A total of eight recipients (four for each language) will share prizes, to include high-tech gadgets such as Sony camcorders, Apple computers, iPod Touch players and iPhones.

The ROOTS competition - and its French-language counterpart RACINES - is another in a long line of Radio Canada International special projects, which have resulted in such Web series as J’adopte un pays, Voir double, L’érable à palabres as well as the Migr@tions and Digital Diversity competitions.

ROOTS gives all members of the community the opportunity to use sound and visuals to express how they feel about their past and their origins, while highlighting the contributions all cultures make to the great Canadian mosaic. Come one, come all-enter ROOTS, a Radio Canada International initiative, today.

Information, entry and rules:

Act NOW! National Playwriting Competition

Are you an innovator (Age 14-26) who is passionate about the environment? Do you want a challenge? Do you love writing? Enter the Act NOW! National Playwriting Competition! Founded in 2006, NOW! is a non-profit organization run by dedicated youth volunteers. NOW! inspires and empowers synergistic solutions toward social, economic, and environmental sustainability. Write a one-act play on sustainability for a chance to win cash prizes and have your work performed across Canada to more than 10,000 people and aired on Sustainability Television.

Deadline: March 31, 2010

Visit for more information

Quantum Bhangra and the Cultural Olympiad
In collaboration with VANOC, the Olympic organizing committee, the VIBC Society is presenting Quantum Bhangra as the grande finale to the Cultural Olympiad’s Olympic Arts Festival.

This star-studded show features some of the hottest Bhangara- and Punjabi-influenced music from around the world--and with performances from the likes of celebrated Punjabi singer Harbhajan Mann, it’s sure to be sensational.

Quantum Bhangra

Featuring artists Harbhajan Mann, En Karma and Shin, Black Mahal, Ustad Lal Singh Bhatti, and more

Saturday, Feb. 27, 7 pm, Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Tickets $38 - $90, available at or call 604-280-4444

For a limited time, get a 25% discount on your Quantum Bhangra tickets when you use promotional code "vibc2010" when selecting your tickets for purchase from TicketMaster! VIP Reception.

To mark this extraordinary occasion, VIBC Society is also organizing a dazzling, pre-show VIP Reception at the theatre, replete with sumptuous food and drinks and a chance to meet the star performers, Olympic dignitaries and some of the province’s most prominent personalities.

For tickets to the Quantum Bhangra VIP Reception, contact Kelly Strain at Tel. 604-773-1461 or Gary Pooni at Tel. 604-731-9053

The Essence of Zen and Percussion Art: Sound of the Ocean

A compelling, seamless work of rhythm and movement, Sound of the Ocean was created by U-Theatre under the direction of Taiwan based artists LIU Ruo-Yu and HUANG Chih-Chun. An intense physical and emotional experience, the work traces the cyclical journey of water from a drop to a stream, from a river to the ocean.

Five distinct yet beautifully interwoven sections evoke the sounds and sensations of water, its elemental cool surges, gentle ebbs, and insistent rat-a-tat-tats. The five are animated by a theatrical tension devoid of explicit narrative. It is propelled by rhythms beat out on temple bells, gongs, and skinned drums large and small. The collective expressive power of the group is made possible by the extraordinary technical and athletic prowess of the individual performers. Daring feats of speed and precision create huge dynamic arcs ad the piece moves from one section to another.

Sound of the Ocean expresses the ongoing search for an artistic form that captures the essence, the preciousness, of life. With a spare grace and clarity, it illuminates U-Theatre’s creative process which centres on the concentric relationships of individual to the collective, and the larger natural and spiritual environments. Since its premiere in 1998 at Avignon Festival in France, Sound of the Ocean has been perfromed more than 120 times around the world.

Performance Dates:

Fri, 3/12/2010 at 8:00pm
Sat, 3/13/2010 at 8:00 pm

Venue Location:
The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts ( 777 Homer St., Vancouver)


March 4 - 27, 2010

OPENING Thursday, March 4, 2010, 8:00 - 11:00 pm/ ARTIST TALK @ 8:30pm

FLIM NIGHT: Films curated by artist Kaori Kasai, Friday, March 26, 8:00-11:00pm

Blim, 197 17th Ave. E, Vancouver

More information: 604 683 8240 or

Powell Street Festival Society and Blim present the exhibition Kaori Kasai: Ura Monchan. Using androgynous characters, Kasai creates storyboards of short vignettes about kinship, alienation, emotional boundaries and our interactions with physical environments. During her artistic residency/exhibition, Kasai will present new paintings and print-based works, curate a Flim night (film event) on March 26th, and produce a limited edition screen printed shirt available at Blim.

This is the launching event for the Powell Street Festival’s 2010 season of events.

More information at Follow us on Twitter  Blim: 

The Powell Street Festival Society’s mission is to celebrate the arts and culture of Japanese Canadians and Asian Canadians, to encourage Asian Canadians to take a leadership role in the development of the arts in Canada, and to foster community development through cultural events. The society’s main objective is to produce the Powell Street Festival, an annual celebration of Japanese Canadian arts, culture and heritage. It is the largest event of its kind in Canada and the longest running festival in Metro Vancouver, entering its 34th year. The Society also produces its own programming as part of an annual season and participates in co-presentations with other arts organizations throughout the year.

The Powell Street Festival Society is currently seeking candidates for a Production Coordinator (part-time in April to May and full-time for June to late August) and a Volunteer Coordinator (temporary, full-time). Please read the details at

A Tragedy of Democracy – Japanese Confinement in North America

March 9, 2010, 7pm

Intergenerational Room 105

Free admission. Book is available now at the Museum shop and will be available for purchase at the event.

Greg Robinson will present a talk on his recent book A Tragedy of Democracy. This is the first book to analyze official policy toward West Coast Japanese Americans within a North American context. Approaching Japanese confinement as a continental and international phenomenon, Robinson offers a truly kaleidoscopic understanding of its genesis and outcomes.

National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre tel 604.777.7000 | 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby, BC 

Volunteer with explorASIAN

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MAY is Asian Heritage Month in Canada!
Celebrating our 14th Anniversary in 2010

 Don Montgomery

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