Welcome to Wikis Ginger Garden 2015
La version en français suivra.
Asian Canadian Wiki in collaboration with the Simone de Beauvoir Institute presents
Wiki`s Ginger Garden Thurs. August 27, 2015, 5-9 pm, free Simone de Beauvoir Institute, MU 101, 2170 Bishop, Montréal
Wiki`s Ginger Garden is an intimate public potluck gathering to eat, drink, meet and discuss around informal presentations of arts, education, and community-based projects in an open space conducive to sharing and exchanging information and ideas. Ten presenters who identify themselves as Asian / mixed-race will present their most recent work / project in 5 minutes followed by a Q & A period of 5 minutes. The event includes open time for public announcements, spontaneous presenters, and discussion. "Asian", in this context, includes people of mixed race whose ancestry is rooted in any Asian country. All are welcome!
Wiki`s Ginger Garden facilitates serendipitous discoveries and cross-disciplinary connections and captures the power of creativity and the imagination. Presentations are video documented with permission and posted to the Asian Canadian Wiki Ginger Garden page: http://www.asiancanadianwiki.org/w/Ginger_Garden
Presentations from previous years are also viewable. The Asian Canadian Wiki is a database of all things Asian Canadian. Advocating and advancing self-representation, the Asian Canadian Wiki team is dedicated to working to end all forms of discrimination, including racism and stereotyping.
Bring your own plate, utensil, cup etc. to reduce waste as well as a food item to share. See you there!! The Asian-Canadian Wiki team
Asian Canadian Wiki en collaboration avec l'Institut Simone de Beauvoir Institute présente
Wiki`s Ginger Garden Thurs. August 27, 2015, 5 -9 pm, entrée libre Institut Simone de Beauvoir, MU 101 2170 Bishop, Montréal
Wiki`s Ginger Garden est un rassemblement "potluck" intime et publique qui se veut un espace ouvert, propice au partage et à l'échange de l'information et des idées, pour boire, manger, réseauter et discuter autour d'une série de présentations informelles de projets artistiques, éducatifs, académiques et communautaires. Dix invités, s'indentifiant tous comme étant asiatiques ou métissés, présenteront leur travail / oeuvre / projet dans 5 minutes, suivi d'une période de questions de 5 minutes. Il y aura également du temps alloué à la discussion, aux annonces, et aux présentations spontanées. "Asiatique" comprend dans ce contexte toute personne métissée dont les origines se trouvent dans un pays d'Asie. Tous sont bienvenus.
Wiki`s Ginger Garden facilite la découverte et les connexions interdisciplinaires et se puise du pouvoir de la créativité et de l'imagination collective. Les présentations seront documentées en vidéo, avec permission, et archivées en ligne à la page web du Asian Canadian Wiki. http://www.asiancanadianwiki.org/w/Ginger_Garden
Les présentations des années précédentes y sont aussi disponibles. Asian Canadian Wiki est une base de données de tout ce qui porte sur l'identité et le patrimoine des canadiens d'origine asiatique. Notre équipe prônons la juste réprésentation par soi-même, et luttons pour mettre fin à toute forme de discrimination, racisme, et stéréotypes. On vous invite d'apporter des ustensiles, des tasses, etc., afin de minimiser les déchets de ce repas collectif ainsi qu'un plat à partager. Au plaisir de vous voir!!
Asian-Canadian Wiki team
 Presenters and Bios 2015
 Kakim Goh
MC: Kakim Goh-Visual Artist and Curator
Born in Singapore; lives in Montreal Kakim Goh holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing from Concordia University. As a visual artist who creates interdisciplinary painting, performance and video installations, Kakim has been exhibiting in Mexico and Quebec since 1993, most notably at MAI, the OBORO New Media Laboratory and la Maison de la Culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal. He is the Curator of the Visual Arts Program and Vice-President of the Board of Directors at Festival Accès Asie, an organization that promotes Asian arts, cultures and histories in Quebec and Canada.
Kakim Goh - Artiste visuel et commissaire
Né à Singapore; vit à Montréal Kakim Goh détient un baccalauréat en arts visuels spécialisé en peinture et dessin de l'Université Concordia. En tant qu'artiste visuel qui crée des installations interdisciplinaires combinant peinture, vidéo et performances, Kakim expose ses œuvres au Mexique et au Québec depuis 1993, et plus spécifiquement au MAI, au Laboratoire des nouveaux médias OBORO ainsi qu’à la Maison de la culture du Plateau Mont-Royal. Il est le commissaire d'exposition du programme en arts visuels et vice-président du conseil d'administration du Festival Accès Asie, un organisme qui a pour but de promouvoir les arts, les histoires et les cultures d’Asie au Québec et au Canada. http://www.kakimgoh.com/
 Khadija Baker
Khadija was born and educated in the town of Amoude, Syria. She studied Interior Design, receiving a Master’s degree in 1999 from the University of Damascus, Syria. Since 2001 she lives and works in Montreal, Canada. She had a BFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University/ painting & drawing, and completed her MFA/Open Media at the same university in 2012.
Khadija Baker is a multidisciplinary artist who creates installations that combine video, digital art, sound and animation. Her work explores social and political themes related persecution, displacement and memory. Having worked with a variety of media such as painting, fibers, and video/moving images, her current research combines these practices to create intimate site-specific sculptural installation environments that engage the senses (sight, sound, and touch.) Her work breaches the divide between artist, art and public, creating an active space of participation, exchange, understanding and storytelling. http://www.khadijabaker.com/
 Shahrzad Arshadi
Shahrzad Arshadi, a Montréal - base multidisciplinary artist and human rights activist, came to Canada as a political refugee on December 24, 1983. In the past two decades, Shahrzad has ventured into different fields of photography, film, sound and performance, enabling her focus on issues of memory, culture and human rights.
She is an affiliate - Community Representative and Core Member at Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling. Also Students Coordinator and Coordinator for “Fighting Marginalization” youth film workshops since 2008. In 2011 Shahrzad write and direct an experimental sound theater performance called: “It Is Only Sound That Remains” based on the life of Ziba Kazemi. This play has been on stage in Montreal and Toronto many times.
Her latest creation is “Dancing For Change” a documentary film, a story about secular and socialist women of the Islamic world, their ideals, activism, and visions for a better world. It focuses on six Kurdish Iranian women from three different generations. These women live with their male comrades in a mountain camp where they organize and have been fighting the Iranian fundamentalist Government since the past 36 years. In a society where state and family violence against women is common, they are engaged in political and military training, writing, reading, broadcasting, dancing, and singing in order to make their voice heard against any kind of injustice. Most of these women have left their home and joined the Kurdish–Iranian underground organization, due to the extreme oppression they have been subjected to in the Islamic Republic of Iran. "These women are not silent!" Dancing For Change -Trailer 3:29 minutes, https://vimeo.com/127649507 http://www.shahrzadarshadi.com/
 Komachi, Kayo Kasuhara
Komachi Montréal est une troupe de danse folklorique japonaise spécialisée dans les danses Bon ou Bon Odori (danse pour la fête des morts selon les rites bouddhistes). Ce type de danse est pratiqué partout au Japon; surtout lors des Matsuri (festivals d’été). Komachi Montréal se spécialise dans les danses folkloriques de style Minyō. C’est un style qui exprime la joie de danser, de faire la fête ou se donner du courage pour travailler. Certaines danses sont touchantes tandis que d’autres sont humoristiques. Comme toutes danses folkloriques, les danses japonaises ont été transmises de génération en génération par la tradition orale. Ainsi, de nos jours, chaque ville ou région du Japon possède ses propres danses et chaque groupe de danse (Ren) interprète la danse à sa façon en y mettant sa touche personnelle. De par les enseignements de Mme Kayo Yasuhara, les danseurs apprennent des danses qui se transmettent depuis des siècles. Komachi Montréal tente de présenter des danses provenant des quatre coins du Japon afin de faire découvrir la grande diversité de la culture japonaise à son public. http://www.komachimontreal.com
Nicolas Marion Nicolas is the member of the Yume-Mirai which is the previous group of Komachi Montreal, since 2009. He has some experience of teaching English in Japan, and he organise many activities related to Japanese culture. He is one of the main member of Komachi Montréal. And he is taking care of filming of 'Koi sure Fortune Cookie' project'.
 Chanho Bang
Chanho Bang is a director, cinematographer and editor, who was born in Mississippi, and raised in New York, Seoul and Montreal. Chanho is the director of the acclaimed HONEST PEOPLE which was nominated at the short film corner, 67th Cannes Film Festival. He is currently developing several film projects through his production company Chivalric Pictures based in Montreal, Quebec. Also, he is co-directing with Joseph R. Taylor on a mid-length documentary, ALGON.His works reflect his detail oriented personality and his ability to embrace a larger picture. His love for people is also another aspect that makes him enjoy his work. https://vimeo.com/chanhobang
 Farah Fancy
Farah Fancy is an arts manager, performer and artist who for over 15 years, has been using the arts as a mechanism to teach about equality, rights, personal histories, self actualization and community bridging. She is rooted in working with cross cultural populations to promote the arts to a diversity of communities and to outreach to new audiences to overcome emotional and cultural barriers. With an interest in creating conversations using the arts to cultivate a deeper understanding of those within and without our communities, Farah co-founded Le Groupe Herencias. Their mandate is to use the arts for the promotion, exchange, and acceptance of identity, culture and heritage through creation, art education, research, training, and creative arts therapies. Her personal mission is to bring attention how the ordinary can become extra-ordinary. Through her company she manages choreographer, Julio Hong; music group, Rumbakwa; theatre research and performance ensemble,Rencontres/Encounters ; and the Afro Cuban Association of Montreal. Farah also is a public speaker for organizations who uses the arts as a means to strategize for economic development, goal setting, re-visioning, or for those who want an experience simply for the love of the arts.
 Emily Gan
Emily Gan is a photographer and filmmaker from Montreal. She holds a BA in Communication Studies and Photography from Concordia University (Montreal). She has shown work in Montreal, Canada and Nantes, France and has contributed to publications including Magazine Intérieurs and VICE. As a documentarist, she has worked as a photographer and sound recordist on two independent features: With This Ring, co-directed by Ameesha Joshi and Anna Sarkissian (in post-production) and Re-framing U.S. National Parks, directed by Anna Sarkissian (in development). In fiction, Emily was the assistant editor on the feature film, Dallas Buyer’s Club, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée in 2013.
CAVEBIRDS (in post-production) is an essay documentary and Emily’s first feature project. The film follows her father, Hok-Wah (Howard) Gan, to his homeland of Malaysia as he and his brothers set up a bird's nest farming business. Situating us among Emily's extended Chinese Malaysian family, the film moves from big cities to tiny hamlets. Meanwhile, the birds, ever-present, act as a conduit between Emily and her family members, prompting conversations about family, home, and heritage. http://www.emilygan.com/
 Wai Yin Kwok
Wai-Yin has always worked in arts, culture, film and broadcasting since she graduated in Communications in Hong Kong and pursued French studies in France. Learning to speak different languages is her passion, she is particularly obsessed with grammar, spelling, subjunctive and gender of nouns, that's how she became a freelance Translator and Interpreter. Working as an Interpreter at the Health and Social Services of Montreal and teaching Chinese-Canadian Cantonese, she has accumulated a lot of thoughts and stories to share, this is how the idea of hosting a podcast emerged. Born to be socially engaged, even in art, she innately chose flamenco dance to express all kinds of human oppression. www.waiyinkwok.net
Through the podcast, we'd like that the different realities and experiences of the Chinese community be heard. Reducing cultural misunderstandings and advocating for mutual comprehension and tolerance, firstly in Quebec, then extended to other societies/ countries, became my mandate since I started working at the social services with the Chinese community.
 Irem Bekter
Multidisciplinary artist Irem Bekter was born in Istanbul, grew up in England and graduated from Elmhurst Ballet School in Camberley, perfected at the Royal Academy of Dance and obtained a Masters degree in theatre from the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. In 1984, she moved to Argentina, where she began a prolific career. While pursuing a career in theatre, on television and in film, she discovered and studied the Argentine music and ‘zapateo’. She perfected her vocal technique in traditional song and soon was merging voice and dance into her own uniquely personal vision. She preformed as a guest artist in Mercedes Sosa’s concerts En Familia and Al despertar. She toured Argentina presenting her own creations. The journalist Pablo Gorlero, mentions Irem Bekter as one of the artists that has influenced the landscape of musical theater in Argentina.
In 2008, arrival in Quebec, she founded the Irem Bekter Quintet which was programmed at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal in 2010, followed by a first album Primero. The group multiplied its stage presence with a tour of over 35 concerts. A grant from CALQ in 2013, allowed her to perfect in Turkish music with Ismail Fencioglu and percussion with Ziya Tabassian (Constantinople).Irem is in the second phase of creation of the show VERTIGE EN 4 TEMPS on tour as of October 9, 2015.
Artiste multidisciplinaire, Irem Bekter est née à Istanbul, a grandi en Angleterre, puis obtient un diplôme de l’École de ballet Elmhurst à Camberley, se perfectionne à l’Académie Royale de danse et obtient une maitrise en Arts dramatiques du W.Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts à Londres. En 1984, elle s’installe en Argentine, où elle découvre la musique argentine et le zapateo, qu’elle étudie. Elle perfectionne sa technique vocale en chant traditionnel et juxtapose voix et danse vers la création. Elle est artiste invitée aux concerts En Familia et Al despertar de Mercedes Sosa. Elle présente son propre spectacle en tournée argentine. Le journaliste Pablo Gorlero, mentionne Irem Bekter comme l’une des artistes ayant influencé le paysage du théâtre musical en Argentine.
En 2008, arrivée au Québec, elle fonde le Irem Bekter Quintette qui est de la programmation du Festival de jazz de Montréal 2010, suit un premier album Primero. L’ensemble multiplie ses présences scéniques avec une tournée de plus de 35 concerts. Boursière du CALQ, en 2013, elle perfectionne les musiques turques auprès d’Ismail Fencioğlu et les percussions avec Ziya Tabassian (Constantinople). Elle est en phase de création du spectacle VERTIGE EN 4 TEMPS présenté en tournée à compter du 9 octobre 2015. http://www.irembekter.com/
 Yellow Noise
Yellow Noise is a Canadian based online/print platform that seeks to highlight young Asian identifying peoples in the West who push the boundaries of artistic and political expression. Recognizing the diversity of backgrounds encompassed by this label of “Asian”, we seek to open dialogue on what it means to be Asian in Western society today and to honour/acknowledge the multiplicity of perspectives involved. There will be both a focus on maintaining a sense of harmony within the community as well as solidarity with other groups of people of colour. The overarching mission of Yellow Noise is to provide a platform by Asian-identified youth for Asian-identified youth to negotiate the hybridity of identity we experience in a white-dominant society, with a particular focus on the intersection of issues of class, gender, and ability.
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Sam Lu Sam Lu was born in Wuhan, raised in Vancouver, and now currently based in Montreal. He is interested in the political and socio-historical backgrounds and contexts of artistic creation. He is invested in the creation of an Asian-American/Canadian cultural identity through the arts, a space for much needed dialogue within this cultural context.
tïna-hanäé tïna-hanäé is the real name of 23-year old, bay-area by way of miami-transplant¬¬––and roughly translates to “we are in the process of blooming.”
after attending school in the heart of silicon valley and becoming disenchanted with misplaced values and contemporary myths of futurism, she decided to take the future into her own hands; she followed the readings of a fortune-teller in a basement in michigan, and took off to montréal to experience her first winter.
she is currently working on a first E.P. a vision of ecofuturism that aspires toward a visible, accessible, critically hopeful future @ the intersection of ecological x social realms.
Sam Lu was born in Wuhan, raised in Vancouver, and now currently based in Montreal. He is interested in the political and socio-historical backgrounds and contexts of artistic creation. He is invested in the creation of an Asian-American/Canadian cultural identity through the arts, a space for much needed dialogue within this cultural context.
 Carolyn Fe
I am a Filipino Blues Singer and would love to share my experiences as an Asian in the music industry. Carolyn Fe has been an active performance artist in Montreal for over 25 years; from contemporary dancer, actress, theatre producer and now her latest project, Carolyn Fe Blues Collective – a Blues band with musicians from all corners of the world. Aside from being the lead singer/songwriter of the band, she oversees all the business aspects required to keep the band working and self-producing albums. To date two out of the three albums released have garnered industry acknowledgements and awards. The latest being an Achievement Award from the Filipino Community not only in the artistic realm but also as a role model in promoting a positive image of Filipino-Canadians. In all her artistic endeavours, Carolyn Fe combines her business savvy so that she can pay it forward to the causes and events that are close to her heart. http://www.carolyn-fe.com
 Tianmo Zhang
Tianmo Zhang is an M.A. candidate in art history at Concordia University and holds a B.A. in art history and communications from the University of Ottawa (2010-2014). Her thesis focuses on the role of tradition and cultural signifiers in contemporary Chinese ink painting, with emphasis on the exhibition Unscrolled at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Since 2013, she is the founder of Z Art Space, a curatorial project space dedicated to promoting contemporary Asian art in Canada and supporting local student initiatives.
Ethnocultural Art Histories Research (EAHR) is a student-driven research community based within the Art History Department of Concordia University (Montreal, Qc). Since summer 2011, EAHR has facilitated opportunities for exchange and creation in the examination of and engagement with issues of ethnic and cultural representation within the visual arts in Canada. EAHR is open to students and faculty invested in engaging with issues of cultural representation and ethnocultural art histories research across various disciplines and communities.
Z Art Space is a curatorial project gallery dedicated to promoting contemporary Asian art in Canada and supporting local and international artists and student initiatives. Through its programming, the gallery seeks to provide a platform for discursive projects around issues of identity politics, globalization, and complex narratives of the East/West binary. Founded in 2013, the gallery is located in Montreal’s Little Burgundy district, between Saint-Henri and Griffintown.
 Margaret Elizabeth Nielsen
Born in Ellwangen, Germany, lives in Montréal, Canada.Photography as a mean of communication fascinated her since early adulthood. Influenced by classic photojournalism, she started to explore photography as an autodidact from scratch, working for years only in black and white. This allowed her to develop an experience in darkroom techniques as well as analog photography.
After having worked as a freelance photographer and assistant for many years, she started her career as a photo editor and account manager in a German photo agency. Various travels brought her to Asia and a sabbatical allowed her an extended stay in Afghanistan, where she could teach women basic photography. Her work about China has been exhibited with the support of the Goethe-Institut in Germany.
Her recent projects involve darkroom techniques as well as the reuse of found material. Her current project 'A Nepalese Photo Studio' is comprised of a selection of 'found photography' that she acquired from a family-run photo studio in Nepal. The images were taken by 2 photographers, father and son, who specialized in portraiture, street scenes, events and snippets from daily life. The material dates from the late 40s till the end of the 90s and provides insight into daily life and the history of a small Newari town and its inhabitants. The exhibition will be presented by Festival Accès Asie (www.accesasie.com) from April 27 to June 04, 2016 at La Maison de la Culture Frontenac, Montréal. www.margretnielsen.wordpress.com
 Veena Gokhale
Veena Gokhale is a freelance journalist, fiction writer, communications professional and informal educator. She is also a foodie who gives bilingual (English-French) Indian cooking classes – easy, veggie, gluten-free, yummy food! She wants to get people together, cooking and sharing over a relaxed dinner. Her classes feature the regional cuisine from her home-state Maharahstra that she has been making for the last 20 years.
Apart from attending classes in her spacious, downtown, transit-accessible apartment, you could also have her give a class to you and your friends in your own kitchen! http://www.veenago.com/slurrrrp/
 Event Day Schedule 2015
3 pm-set up room, check technical needs, computer, screen, projector, arrange tables, decorate, ensure entrance and exit are easily accessible, put up signs, volunteers are welcome
5-6 pm-welcome, visit, eat, drink
6-begin, Kakim Goh, MC intro
6:05-Shahrzad Arshadi & 5 mins. Q&A
6:15-Komachi & 5 mins. Q&A
6:25-Khadija Baker & 5 mins. Q&A
6:35- Chanho Bang & 5 mins. Q&A
6:45- Farah Fancy & 5 mins. Q&A
6:55-Shahin Parhami & 5 mins. Q&A
7:05-MC-break, 20 mins.
7:25- MC, parking lot, spontaneous announcements
7:35- Emily Gan & 5 mins. Q&A
7:45-Wai Yin Kwok & 5 mins. Q&A
7:55-Irem Bekter & 5 mins. Q&A
8:05-Yellow Noise & 5 mins. Q&A
8:15-Carolyn Fe & 5 mins. Q&A
8:25- 12th presenter & 5 mins. Q&A
8:35 –MC, break, 20 mins.
8:55-13th presenter & 5 mins. Q&A
9:05 pm-14th presenter & Q&A
9:15- MC, parking lots, spontaneous announcements, presenters, last words
9:30 pm-clean up
10 pm-clear out
 Welcome to Ginger Garden 2014
 Sponsor 2014
Mei Yuan Restaurant Add: 1425 Rue Mackay, Montreal QC H3G1R4
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Dear friends and curious ones, Ginger Garden 2014 is a potluck gathering to eat, drink, and talk about burning questions and projects in the arts, education and community building. Thirteen presenters, who identify themselves as 1st generation Asians/ mixed race in Canada, will present their most recent works. Each presentation will be followed by Q & A.
The intent of Ginger Garden is to create an intimate space for sharing information and exchanging ideas and to encourage self representations.
Date: Tues. August 19, 2014 Time : 5 -9 pm Place : Simone de Beauvoir Institute, 2170 Bishop, Montréal
You are encouraged to bring a plate, utensils, cup etc. to minimize the waste for the potluck of contributing and sharing food together. Ginger Garden as an event has replaced Chinese Tea Salon in Montréal.
To whet your curiosities, check out some of the presenters coming soon : http://www.asiancanadianwiki.org/w/Ginger_Garden
Feel free to contact us. See you at Ginger Garden!!
Ginger Garden Team email@example.com
La version française Chers amis et curieux de nouveautés socioculturelles,
Bienvenue au Jardin de gingembre!
Le Jardin de gingembre est un collectif pour discuter de questions pressantes dans les domaines des arts, pour déguster de plats, pour boire, et aussi pour parler des projets d’éducation et de promotion d’activités communautaires. Treize conférenciers, qui s'identifient comme premières générations d’origines asiatiques ou de race mixte au Canada, présenteront leurs exposés. Chaque présentation sera suivie d’une séance de questions et réponses.
Le but du Jardin de gingembre est de créer un espace démocratique et ouvert pour le partage d'information, pour l’échange d'idées et pour encourager les innovations de façon indépendante.
Vous êtes invités à apporter un plat préparé, des ustensiles, des tasses, etc., afin de minimiser les déchets de ce repas collectif et pour contribuer à un partage de différents plats. L’évènement Jardin de gingembre a remplacé l’ancien évènement Salon de thé chinois de Montréal.
Date : le mardi 19 août 2014 Heure : de 17 h à 21 h Lieu : Institut Simone de Beauvoir, 2170, rue Bishop, Montréal.
Pour désaltérer votre soif de curiosité, veuillez consulter les biographies et quelques présentations des conférenciers au site web suivant http://www.asiancanadianwiki.org/w/Ginger_Garden
Pour toute autre question, n'hésitez pas à communiquer avec nous.
Bienvenue au Jardin de gingembre !
L'équipe du Jardin de gingembre firstname.lastname@example.org
 Event Schedule
5 pm- greetings
5:30 pm-begin presentations, Tracy: moderator-5 mins.
5:35 pm- Shuibo Wang 6 mins.
5:41 pm-Q&A, 6 mins.
5:47 pm- Green Chinatown Montreal, Chao/Miaoyun
5:59 pm- Jie Wu
6:12 pm- Kiran Ambwani
6:36 pm- break-25 mins.
7:01 pm- Veena Gokhale
7: 13 pm- Xiao Dan He
7:25 pm- Sophie Gee
7:37 pm- break, 25 mins.
8 :02 pm- Satoshi Ikeda
8 :08 pm-Q&A
8 :13 pm- Mi Jeong Lee
8 :19 pm-Q&A
9:01 pm- break, open
9:30 pm-begin clean up
 Presenters Descriptions and Bios
 Tracy Zhang,Moderator
Tracy Zhang is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Geography, Planning, and Environment, Concordia University. Her recent research examines international recruitment of Chinese acrobats. She is a member of Art Can Heal Montreal, a collective group of oncology patients and their loved ones, arts therapists, researchers affiliated with Cedars CanSupport.
 Shuibo Wang
Shuibo Wang is a Beijing/Montreal based artist and filmmaker, he is also a Guggenheim Fellow and Oscar nominee. He currently teaches at China Central Academy of Fine Arts.
Never Loose My Fist, is a feature documentary directed by Shuibo Wang, it tells the stories of a group of rebellions Punk Rock musicians from the industry city Wuhan in central China.
 Kiran Ambwani
Passionate about people, their lifestyle, and the arts, Kiran Ambwani is a professional photographer of Indian origin, now based in Montreal. Kiran's creative vision captivates the editorial and advertising worlds, with a versatile portfolio ranging from portraits to products, lifestyle to landscapes and architecture to abstract images. Kiran freelances for various publications, advertising and press agencies, and non-profit groups. Specializing in portraiture and editorial photography, Kiran's photographs have been published in Vogue, Geo Plein Air, MindFood (Australia), Travesias (Mexico), US Airways, IB World (UK), Le Devoir, Journal Alternatives, Metro, Mirror, and The Bombay Times (India). Kiran's images reflect a sensitivity shaped by her background in anthropology and environmental science and her numerous travels. Driven by a curiosity for the problematics encountered by marginalised populations, Kiran has explored, among others, the lives of Tibetan monks in exile, the survivors of child trafficking in Mumbai, the inhabitants of Asia's largest slum Dharavi, and the indigenous women of Nepal. She has collaborated on several humanitarian projects with NGOs in Canada, India, and Nepal. Apart from commercial work, Kiran has held several group and solo exhibitions of her personal work in Canada and abroad. Kiran is a graduate of McGill University and the Dawson Institute of Photography in Montreal.
Kiran is currently working on 'Objets Cheris'. A public art project, it aims at bringing art and life to the otherwise dull and impersonal walls of the oncology departments in Montreal's wellness facilities. Initiated at Montreal's Notre-Dame Hospital, this installation seeks to inspire people by showcasing patients who have found the inner strength to face the challenges of the disease by engaging in various hobbies and activities. Art is known to have potent therapeutic effects, therefore there is need for art in places of healing. Furthermore, engaging patients in the artistic process can have positive mental health benefits and help them to feel more connected with the hospital and broader community. Creating art encourages vision, hope and imagination, all of which nurture the healing process.
 Xiaodan He
Xiaodan He, born in 1975, has studied film production at the Beijing Film Academy in China from 1993 to 1997. In 2002, Xiaodan directed her first film, The Dance of The Star. In the same year, she moved to Montreal. In 2006, her first short film: Cairo Calling, has screenings in over 50 festivals around the world. In 2009, her documentary The Fall of Womenland is distributed in the TV of Canada and the other countries. Xiaodan is working on her first feature film, Pear Tree Blossoms.
Pear Tree Blossoms is a feature film of co-production between Canada and China. Li Fang, a Chinese immigrant has been living in Montreal for 10 years. Physically infertile and her violent separation from Eric, her québécois husband, has pushed her to the brink of despair. Escaping the chaos in Montreal, Li Fang travels to her birthplace and visits her grandfather in Dazu, a small district in south China. There, she hides the troubles she left behind but suffers from the sorrow and hate she keeps for her old love. The calmness of her granddad, the support of her childhood friends and being witness to their own problems and sufferings, helps her break the impasse in her life.
 Jie Wu
Jie is doing his program of Master in Film Studies at the University of Montreal. His thesis work focuses on the impact of technological innovations on the film industry.
 Veena Gokhale
Journalist, fiction writer, communications coordinator, project manager and educator. Worked in South Asia, Canada and Tanzania. Created issue-based, illustrated storybooks and developed and delivered workshops on “Using stories for social change.” Looking to build a professional team to apply the stories for social change concept in practice. http://www.veenago.com
My topic is called Using Stories for Social Change. I am going to talk about my own experience in this realm, it's going to be quite informal, and then ask people who may be interested in being on a team to take my project forward, to connect with me. Typically I'm looking for people with experience in video, film, radio, comic books and graphic novels, those who work in online or video games as also people who have started communications businesses. (But it could be others who are just inspired by my project and have some relevant skills.)
 Sophie Gee
Sophie Gee is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s Directing Programme. Born and raised in Alberta, Sophie spent many years in London, UK before relocating to Montreal where she presents creations under the name Nervous Hunter. Works include The Phaedra Project (No! I! Don't! Want! To! Fall! in! Love! With! You!) (MAI, Montreal), I Am Such a Small Container for All This (SEAS Festival, Iceland), Domestik (Eastern Bloc, Montreal), and Estate (Festival Occupe Bain St Michel). www.nervoushunter.com
Sophie is currently working on an adaptation of a play looking the effects a factory collapse has on a Chinese-Canadian family. This bilingual (English/Mandarin) play will be workshopped in Toronto late August/September under the guidance of Governor-General nominated playwright David Yee of Fugen Theatre Company.
 Satoshi Ikeda
Satoshi Ikeda teaches sociology at Concordia University. Aside from his academic activities, he engages in community development initiatives on campus and in the community. The projects he has been involved include Green Chinatown Montreal, Concordia Food Coalition (Hive Café, Burritoville, Rooftop Garden, etc.), and Transitions NDG. His wants to create alternatives to the corporate economy through the promotion of social economy based on giving, sharing, and reciprocal exchange.
This presentation reflects on personal transformation from an academician to a community activist and artist. Following the images of a journey, the presentation traces major turns in his life that led to the current state. It will conclude with the works of art he is currently engaging in.
 Miaoyun Zhou
Miaoyun Zhou is graduated from Concordia University, major in Urban Studies. Miaoyun loves traveling, photography and everything related to food. She joined in this amazing project Green Chinatown Montreal in 2013 and she helped to introduce fresh locally grown vegetables delivery service to senior residences first time in Chinatown. Now she is learning interior design at LaSalle College and she would like to combine the idea of urban agriculture into her design process in future.
 Chao Zeng
Chao Zeng is a recent graduate from civil engineering of Concordia University. He was born in China and had studied at Concordia as an international student. He is interested in the urban agriculture and sustainable engineering design. He was a volunteer of Sustainable Concordia and Habitat for Humanity (Montreal, Quebec), and had joined many conferences and workshops about green engineering and food justice. He is a member of “Green Chinatown Montreal” garden. Green Chinatown Montreal garden existing for 4 years has been to create a community environment by exploring and developing urban gardening in Chinatown with locally alternative food culture.
 Mi-jeong Lee
Mi-jeong Lee is an independent filmmaker, writer, video artist, and curator. She was born in Seoul, South Korea and began her professional career as a journalist from 1984, then her interest shifted onto arts and became a practitioner in arts since her migration to Montreal in 1991. She is currently completing her Ph.D research-creation in the department of Études et Pratiques des Arts at Université de Québec à Montréal and a member of Senselab - a laboratory for thought in motion - that is affiliated with Concordia University, where she works as an Asian cinema consultant. Her Korean-language novelization of the Luc Besson's film "Le Grand Bleu" was published in 1993 in Korea. Lee opened up her knowledge of world cinema by watching films and meeting Asian filmmakers at various international film festivals. Her first film script project, Naked Fish, was award to receive a script development funding from National Film Board of Canada in 1995 as a foreign student. This proposition influenced her to reside in Montreal and began filmmaking. Her independent film works are "I Am the Park", "Façcades", "Underground", "Breathe", as well as the video installation piece "Turn Around." Living in Canada as an Asian, she became intricately interest in the issues of Asian culture and identity, which resulted in her founding of Asian film-related festivals and activities since twenty years ago, as well as a non-profit organization: Ciné-Asie (www.cine-asie.ca), AmérAsia Asian Film Festival (www.amerasiafestival.com), Korean Film Festival (www.koreanfilm.ca), and production/distribution company CINEASIE Creatives (www.cineasiecreatives.com).
Subject of the presentation: I raise a question very often to myself, "Why am I struggling to keep on the 4th edition of AmérAsia Montreal Film Festival as a filmmaker? My presentation will be about my ongoing problem as an art practitioner.
 Chinese Tea Salon in Montreal 2013
This event is a special occasion with a visiting professor at Concordia, Olive/Li Hui, who teaches in China about Chinese Canadian writers and exciting post doc pre doc and interested Chinese Montrealers working on engaging subjects. Some of the presenters are: Tracy Zhang, Alice Jim, Alan Wong, Cheryl Sim, Chen Fang, Joanne Hui, Parker Mah and Leslie Cheung.
Anyone can take the floor as an impromptu 5 mins. presentation. This gathering is inspired from tea house in China, (茶館, cháguăn or 茶屋, cháwū), traditionally similar to the American cafe but centred on tea and to chat, eat and socialize. As a potluck where each contributes a dish or refreshments to share collectively, please also bring your own plate, utensils, cup etc. to minimalize any waste.
You are most welcome to present for 5 mins. on your doc post doc or interests. Please contact us. Presenter descriptions and video presentations will be available on: http://www.asiancanadianwiki.org/w/Chinese_Tea_Salon_in_Montreal
Event Date: Wed. July 24, 2013 Time: 5-9 pm Place: Simone de Beauvoir Institute, 2170 Bishop
See you soon!!
Tea Salon team and "Asian Canadian Wiki" <email@example.com>,
This Montreal tea salon was inspired by the many tea houses by Mary Wong. http://www.asiancanadianwiki.org/w/Mary_Sui_Yee_Wong
 Event Schedule
5 pm- sharing potluck meal and chatting
6 pm- presenters: Olive, Alice (no video), Tracy, Alan, Cheryl, Leslie (5 mins. presentation + 5 mins. Q&A x 6 presenters = 60 mins.)
7: 20 presenters: Parker, Fang, Joanne (no video), Rajee (no video) (5 mins. presentation + 5 mins. Q&A x 5 presenters = 50 mins. + one impromptu presenter @ 10 mins.
8:40 pm-2 impromptu presenters & Q&A = 20 mins.
Presenters Descriptions and Bios</br>
 Olive Li Hui
Associate Professor, The Canadian Studies Center, College of Foreign Languages and Cultures, Sichuan University Chinese Canadian Women Writers
Ever since the emergence of the Chinese Canadian literature more than 100 years ago, the Chinese Canadian women writers have been writing actively about their unique living experiences and spiritual quest. My research is about the major Chinese Canadian women writers to highlight their contributions not only to the Chinese Canadian literature but also to the Chinese Canadians’ history.
File:A CV from Olive.pdf
File:Chinese Canadian Women Writers.pdf
 Alice Ming Wai Jim, Moderator
Performing Asian/Americas To think of Asian/Americas is to question how diasporic identities can be rendered beyond nation-state, global north, third and first world paradigms, and divisive dichotomies, I.e. East/West, North/South. I will present our call for workgroup participants in upcoming Encuentro in Montreal organized by NYU’s Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics and Concordia University, June 2014.
Alice Ming Wai Jim is Associate Professor of Contemporary Art at Concordia University, Montreal. Recent publications and exhibitions include ‘How to Occupy Retreat: dOCUMENTA (13) from Kassel to Banff’ in the Journal of Curatorial Studies and ‘Yam Lau: A World is a Model of a World’ at the Darling Foundry.
 Tracy Zhang
Tracy Zhang is a post-doctoral fellow in the department of Geography, Planning, and Environment at Concordia University and holds a doctorate in Communication Studies from Simon Fraser University. Most of her research explores the changing experiences of life and work in the cultural industries. The objective of her on-going research project is two-fold. First she examines the modern history of acrobatics in the People's Republic of China. Second, she investigates Cirque du Soleil’s recruitment strategies in the case of Chinese acrobats, including the implications of that strategy for the Montreal cultural sector and institutions.
 Alan Wong
My research focuses on activists in Montreal whose bodies are marked by the intersections of sexuality, race, ethnicity, colonization, gender, and class, paying particular attention to their deployments of subjectivity in seeking ways to belong and, consequently, perform their activisms in the face of the discursive violence enacted upon them. Alan Wong
Alan Wong is a teacher in the English department at Vanier College. He recently celebrated the successful defense of his dissertation and will receive his PhD this fall. His research interests include race, sexuality, activism, and community-based performance. He is also a community organizer in Montreal.
 Cheryl Sim
The Fitting Room: Canadian women of Chinese Heritage and the Cheongsam This research-creation PhD explores the relationship between the cheongsam and Canadian women of Chinese heritage born between 1965 and 1985. The final project will be an installation that responds to two inter-related questions; what are the current attitudes, ideas and wearing practices of the cheongsam and how can the richness of these responses be presented as an installation?
Cheryl Sim is Curator of research-creation projects at the Phi Centre as well as Associate Curator at DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art. She is currently a PhD candidate in the études et pratiques des arts program at UQÀM. In a parallel life she is a
 Leslie Cheung
Leslie Cheung is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology at McGill University, with previous degrees in Public Policy and Social Work. Her dissertation looks at the intersection of race and language in the negotiation of competing host identities among second-generation immigrants in the Quebec context. She is currently doing her fieldwork in Montreal, seeking to interview second-generation youth (born in Quebec or arrived in Quebec before the age of 5, with at least one immigrant parent) between the ages of 18 and 35 from Filipino, Vietnamese, Anglo-Caribbean, and Haitian backgrounds.
 Parker Mah
Parker will briefly present the feature-length film Être Chinois au Québec (Being Chinese in Quebec), a documentary presenting the young generation of Chinese in Quebec through reflections and interviews on issues of identity, integration and the impacts of discriminatory policies such as the Chinese head tax and the Chinese Exclusion Act in Canada.
Parker Mah was born in Vancouver in the year of the Rooster. A trained jazz pianist, he also counts photography and multimedia installations among his creative endeavors. His artistic involvement in the Asian community began with the New Voices Project, aimed at promoting the distinct cultural identity of the new generation of young Asian-Canadians. He is now based in Montreal and recently participated in a feature-length documentary exploring the identity of young Chinese-Quebecers.
Parker Mah est né à Vancouver durant l'année du coq. Formé comme pianiste de jazz, il compte également la photographie et les installations multimédias parmi les cordes à son arc créatif. Son engagement artistique dans la communauté asiatique a commencé avec le projet Nouvelles Voix, qui visait à promouvoir l'identité culturelle distincte d'une nouvelle génération de jeunes Asiatiques canadiens. Il vit maintenant à Montréal et a participé récemment à la production d'un documentaire long-métrage sur l'identité des jeunes Sino-québécois.
 Joanne Joe Yan Hui
Thesis Title: Fluid Terrains: Mobile Subjectivity in the Graphic Narrative Travelogue
Joanne Hui is an artist and doctoral student in the Humanities PhD Program at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture at Concordia University. Her research investigates concepts of identity in comic art, particularly how graphic arts addresses culturally-specific and historical conditions of migration and immigration.
Comic Art and the Graphic Novel Travelogue
Ethnocultural Art History
Asian North American Literature
Post-Colonial, Diasporic and Transnational Studies
 André Ho
André Ho is currently a master student in social work at UQAM. Since the last 15 years, he helps and is involved among organizations helping people with (mental and social) problems. His interests are in mental health, inter-cultural issues and contributions to the communities. For his master project, he will produce a documentary called Banane et bambou about how immigrants from China build their identity. One of the goal of his project is to study identity-related issues in a highly diversified and complex social context. The beginning of his project will be in October 2013. If you are interested to be part of the project, email him at : firstname.lastname@example.org.
 Rajee Paña Jeji Shergill
Rajee Paña Jeji Shergill is an interdisciplinary artist and current Master’s student in Art History at Concordia University. Her thesis examines artworks that engage with family accounts of trauma and personal memories related to the Partition of the Indian subcontinent. She is interested in transgenerational transmission as a key interpretative lens and investigative focus within the study of historical trauma associated with the Partition.
 kimura byol-nathalie lemoine
kimura byol-nathalie lemoine (a.k.a kimura byol) is a multimedia artist and curator, born in korea (south), raised in belgium, and immigrated to canada. "zer" visual work was exhibited solo and in group (seoul, tokyo, kyoto, hong-kong, taipei, berlin, brussels, lille, grenoble, montreal, vancouver, los angeles, new york). her poems, essay and critics have been published in the u.s., south korea and Japan. her videos were screened in korea, japan, hong-kong, tunisia, belgium, france, canada and the u.s. kimura works on diasporic identity, question gender and play with words. kimura believes in social justice and therefore dosn't like capital letters.http://starkimproject.com
 Henry Tsang
Henry Tsang is a visual and media artist whose work has been exhibited internationally. His projects incorporate digital media, video, photography, language and sculptural elements in the exploration of the relationship between the public, community and identity through global flows of people, culture and capital. Examples include video installations Orange County, 2004, and Olympus, 2006, shot in California, Beijing, Torino and Vancouver, demonstrating a complex understanding of overlapping urban and socio-political spaces; Napa North, 2008, exploring the relationship between wine, real estate and cultural translation in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley; and the Maraya project, with M. Simon Levin and Glen Lowry, that investigates the uncanny similarities between Vancouver’s False Creek and the Dubai Marina in the United Arab Emirates. His public artwork, Welcome to the Land of Light, is a 100 metre-long installation located on the seawall handrail along Vancouver’s False Creek. Comprised of fibre optic cable lighting and marine-grade aluminum lettering, it literally underscores Chinook Jargon, a 19th Century local trade language, and the English that replaced it, to speak about the promise of technology and how different cultures have come to live together in that part of the world.
 Day’s Lee
Day’s Lee is the author of the children’s picture book, "The Fragrant Garden," which was named “Our Choice” by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre in 2007. Her latest book is a young adult novel entitled "Guitar Hero." Her short stories which have appeared in anthologies including "The Ladies Killing Circle," have been nominated for the Arthur Ellis award for the Best Mystery Short Story of the Year, won honourable mention in the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s short story contest, and placed third in Storyteller Magazine’s annual short story contest.
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