Calendar of Events in May  2013

                            Organized and Co-Ordinated 

                                                 by

                       Ottawa Asian Heritage Month Society

Event Location Abbreviations
LAC
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Library and Archives Canada (395 Wellington St.)
OPL: Ottawa Public Library - Main Branch, (120 Metcalfe St.)

 

Asian Heritage Month Official Launch
May 1 ( Wednesday) 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Doors open at 6:15pm
Canadian War Museum
Barney Danson Theatre • Free Admission
Pre-registration required: RSVP: 613-960-1101, promotion@cic.gc.ca
(Business Attire)

Parliamentarians, government officials, community leaders and the general public are invited to celebrate the start of AHM. The evening includes welcoming remarks, cultural performances and a reception. Learn about AHM and network with guests. 
Presented by Citizenship and Immigration Canada

 

Era 21 Networking Breakfast for Young Canadians
May 8 (Wednesday) 7:00 am
Parliamentary Restaurant on Parliament Hill
Admission: INVITATION ONLY

Sponsored by RBC

Honorary Patron Senator Lillian Dyck hosts a breakfast panel for a diverse group of high school students to network with   parliamentarians and community leaders, and to learn about leadership and cultural fluency in Canada's multicultural reality.
A joint initiative of the Ottawa Asian Heritage Month Society and the J'Nikira Dinqinesh Education Centre 

 

 

Cedar and Bamboo: The Shared History of First Nations
and Chinese Canadian Communities

May 21 (Tuesday) 7:30 pm

Free Admission

Ben Franklin Place Chamber, 101 Centrepointe Drive
Learn about the little known but fascinating historical relationship between the First Nations and Chinese communities in B.C. going back 150 years.

Sharing this history will be Sen. Lillian Dyck, Ph.D., D.Litt., a former University of Saskatchewan professor and daughter of a Chinese father and First Nations mother. She will speak about her life, and being of mixed Chinese and Native Canadian descent.

Also speaking will be University of Ottawa professor, Timothy Stanley, who will explain how the shared experience of exclusion and racism resulted insocial relationships, inter-marriage, and economic interactions betweenthese two groups.  Come and find out where First Nations women and Chinese men often met and fell in love, why First Nations people love Chinese food.

There will be a screening of Cedar and Bamboo, the Canadian documentary film profiling four individuals of First Nations/Chinese ancestry. While at the Centrepointe Library, view the interactive Chinese Canadian Stories Mobile Kiosk.

Light Refreshments will be provided by T & T Supermarket!

Presented by Ottawa Asian Heritage Month Society, Truth and Concialiation Commissio of Canada, The Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre and the Ottawa Public Library--Nepean Centerpoint Branch

 

 

Photography: Traditional and Modern life in China—Travels and Travails of a Teacher

Photographer: Michael Harrison

May 30(Thursday) 7:00pm
Ottawa Public Library. Auditorium. Free Admission
Embark on an imaginary trip to China through the eyes and experiences of a teacher.  We will visit three locations: Suzhou in Jiangsu Province, Lijiang and Tiger Leaping Gorge in Yunnan Province, and the villages of Hongcun, Xidi and the Tangyue Archways Group in Anhui Province.  Operatic masks, bamboo scrolls, clay roof figures, silks, as well as portfolios of photographs will be on display. A short musical performance by Wendy Dai is being planned.
Presented by Ottawa Asian Heritage Month Society in partnership with the Ottawa Public Library
 
Giant Pandas
June 2  (Sunday) 1:30 pm
Canadian Museum of Nature, Salon (240 McLeod St.)

Admission: Free with museum admission

Do not miss this unique opportunity to learn more about the two giant pandas who recently arrived at the Toronto Zoo from China. Dr. Rapley, the Zoo's the executive director of conservation, education and wildlife, will give a talk on pandas, entitled, A Conservation Challenge But So Far A Success Story. His presentation will also include an overview of the conservation and education efforts of his institution. Dr.Rapley is the zoo's first veterinarian and has worked there for 30 years.

Information: 613-566-4791 Registration: First come, first served.

Presented by the Canadian Museum of Nature and Ottawa Asian Heritage Month Society

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 Events Organized By Other Participating Organizations 

            Events at the Ottawa Public Library - Main Branch    

                                         120 Metcalfe Street 

 

Art Demostration and Meet the Artist 

May 1 (Wednesday),11:00 am-1:30pm

OPML.Mezzanine. Free Admission.

Meet artist, Rowena Tolson, as she demonstrates the art of Chinese brush painting.

Organized by the Ottawa Public Main Library 

 

 

Film Screening: Go Grandriders

(Documentary 90 min. Mandarin and Taiwanese with English subtitles)

May 1 (Wednesday), 6:30pm  

OPL Auditorium. Free Admission

 

On average they are 81 years old, but they dream of an 18 year old. The 17 " Grandriders" courageously embark on a 13-day , 1178 KM motorcycle ride around Taiwan to reminisce and rekindle the love of the land they have lived in their entire life. Go Grandriders is not only a documentary of overcome old age, it is a compelling collective human story that looks back at the generation past. It is the best sold,locally produced documentary in Taiwan.

Presented by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in partnership with the OPML and OAHMS

tecoinfo@taiwan-Canada.org 613-231-4203

 

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Ikebana ( Japanese Art of Flower Arrangement)

Demonstration by Yumiko Tsunakawa

Theme: Beauty of Asymmetry
May 2 (Thursday) 7:00 - 8:00 pm
OPL Auditorium • Free Admission

The significance of Ikebana is Asymmetry and Balance. Yumiko will demonstrate Ikebana for different occasions showing beauty of well balanced Asymmetry after a brief explanation of Ikebana history. Audience will see Yumiko's unique and creative approach to Ikebana. Beside Yumiko's 160 classes plus special theme workshops per year at  her Sakura Studio, she has been doing demonstration and installations at the National Gallery of Canada , Rideau Club, Library and Archives Canada, Canadian Museum of Civilization, University of Ottawa etc.

Information: yumikotsuna@hotmail.com
Presented by Yumiko Tsunakawa of Sakura Studio, a Certified Teacher of Sogetsu Shcool

 

 

Film Screening and Film Maker Q & A
Film maker: Punam Kumar Gill from Calgary
May 6 (Monday) 7:30pm-8:45pm
OPL. Auditorium. Admission Free
 
Punam Kumar Gill is an award-winning independent filmmaker from Calgary, Alberta. So far, her films have profiled her own dad, Ramesh Kumar – a monk-like man who taught a neighborhood of immigrants in Edmonton how to drive, Vikram Vij – an iconic Indian fusion chef in Vancouver, Amrita Singh – an Indian jewelery designer in New York, and most recently, JUNO-winning Indian-Canadian folk musician, Kiran Ahluwalia and her husband Rez Abbasi- a celebrated Pakistani-American Jazz artist. Her films have received official selection from film festivals in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary, and most recently, Kerala and Delhi, India. The Lesson won the Ming Film Festival, was a finalist in the Radio-Canada International Migrations Competition and was nominated for an AMPIA Award.
 
Along with screening her film The Lesson, Punam will be sharing her powerful personal experience of capturing her father's life story in a short film, and the effect of the film on their relationship.
Presented by the Indo Canadian Community Center
 
 
Film Screening: A Year in the Clouds,Smangus

(Documentary 90 minutes, Mandarin with English subtitles)

May 8 ( Wednesday) 6:30pm

OPML. Auditorium. Free Admission

High in the mountains of Taiwan is the remote village of Smangus. Inhabited by a unique group of indigenous people called the Atayal. Smangus is the only place in Taiwan that now practices common ownerhsip of land and property. This is a place where nature and man have found balance. Witness every part of the lives of these people, through pain and joy, and experience the unique bonds formed with the ancient trees around them in this film.

Presented by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in partnership with OPML and OAHMS

 

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Movie: Dekada 70 ( 199  minutes) English subtitle

Director: Chito Rono

May 9 ( Thursday) . 5:30pm

Ottawa Public Library. Auditorium. Free Admission

A 14 year old Batad boy, a high school dropout, is obsessed with owning a pair of rubber shoes that he does not really need. In pursuit of his dream sneakers, he takes on all odd jobs imaginable. Upon possessing the long-desired rubber shoes, he attempts to leave his Ifugao roots to chase big city dreams.

Presented by the Embassy of Philippines

 

 

Film Screening: Orz Boys

(Movie,103 minutes, Mandarin with English subtitles)

May 16 ( Thursday) 6:30pm

OPML, Auditorium. Free Admission

Orz Boys is a moving story of dreams and growing up. Director Giles Yang humorously depicts the friendship and camaraderie of two delinquent boys with powerful maginations to remind views of their own youth full of romantic dreams and yearnings.

Presented by the Taipei Economic Cultural Office in partnership with the OPML and OAHMS

 

 Film Screening: Grandma's Hairpin

(Documentary, 90 min. Mandarin with English subtitles)

May 22 ( Wednesday) 6:30pm

OPML. Auditorium. Free Admission

In 1949, the national Government had lost the civil war against the Chinese Communists and retreated to Tawiwan with about 60,000 soldiers. Director Chu-Chen Hsiao's father was one of them. Originally, the soldiers believed they would soon be returning to their homeland, but they would have to wait until 1987, when the govenment finally lifted the ban on private visits to mainland China. It was Hsiao's father's memory of his mother's silver hairpin that led Hsiao into this world and the life stories of the old veterans.

Presented by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in partnership with OPML and OAHMS

tecoinfo@taiwan-Canada.org 613-231-4203

 

 

 

Film Screening: Batad

Director: Benji Garcia

(90 minutes, with English subtitles)

May 23 (Thursday) . 6:00pm

OPML. Auditorium. Free Admission

A 14 year old Batad boy, a high school dropout, is obsessed with owning a pair of rubber shoes that he does not really need. In pursuit of his dream sneakers, he takes on all odd jobs imaginable. Upon possessing the long-desired rubber shoes, he attempts to leave his Ifugao roots to chase big city dreams.

Presented by the Embassy of Philippines in Partnership with the Ottawa Public Library and Ottawa Asian Heritage Month Society

 

 

Film Screening:Doctor

(Documentary, 90 min. Mandarin, English and Spanish with English subtitles)

May 29 ( Wednesday) 6:30pm

OPML. Auditorium. Free Admission

On U.S. Independence Day in 1966,a Taiwanese-American 13-year-old genius Felix posted a puzzling note on his bedroom door. Three hours later, he ended his own life. Devasted, his father, Dr.Wen left Iowa City, his home of 20 years, and moved to Miami. Six years after Felix's death, a boy from Peru, Sebastian, comes to receive treatment for cancer from Dr. Wen. Through the stories of the two adolescents and Dr.Wen's loving concern for them, the documentary Doctor portrays with touching compassion the transience, struggles, the mysteriousness and preciousness of life.

Presented by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in partnership with OPML and OAHMS

tecoinfo@taiwan-Canada.org 613-231-4203

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                                              Events at Other Venues

 

Ottawa Police Service: AHM Banner Unfurling & Reception
May 6 (Monday)4:00 – 5:30 pm  
Ottawa Police Headquarters (474 Elgin St.)
Free Admission

Join the Ottawa Police and community representatives as they unfurl a banner to mark the commencement of Asian Heritage Month 2012. Enjoy Asian cultural performances, welcome speeches and sample light refreshments as we celebrate Ottawa's diversity and positive police-community relations.
Information: 613-236-1222, ext.5011 or CoburnZ@ottawapolice.ca

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Vietnamese Cultural Day

May 5 ( Sunday) 10:30am – 4:00pm

Ottawa City Hall

Admission Free

Come and join us to enjoy great food, traditional Vietnamese music, poetry readings, games for children, martial arts from Montreal, calligraphy exhibition fashion show and much more for a cultural learning and a fun day!

Presented by the Vietnamese Canadian Federation, the Vietnamese Canadian Center, the Vietnamese Students Association at Carleton University, in collaboration with other Vietnamese organizations in Ottawa area.

Information: Quynh Pham, email: qtnpham@gmail.com

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Ottawa Police Service: Vietnamese Heritage Flag Ceremony
May 8 ( Wednesday) 12:00 Noon
Ottawa Police Headquarters (474 Elgin St.)
Free Admission

Members of the Vietnamese community and the general public are invited to attend a ceremony to unfurl the Vietnamese Heritage Flag, adopted by members of the overseas Vietnamese community as a beacon of democracy and freedom in their homeland. Light lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Information: 613-236-1222, ext.5011 or CoburnZ@ottawapolice.ca
Presented by the Ottawa Police Service and Vietnamese Canadian Federation

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5th Annual Ottawa Asian Hockey Classic

May 10-12 ( Friday, Saturday and Sunday)

Starts 6pm on May 10, ends 5:30pm May 12

Carleton University Ice House

This is the 5th year of this event, attracting hockey players from as far away as Toronto and the U.S., as well as locally.    Although the men’s divisions are mainly asian, the children’s and women’s divisions seek to bring together both asian and non-asian kids/women together with the same interest – to play hockey.   These two divisions integrate all skill levels with the goal of a weekend of fun.  The men’s divisions however have a high level of competition, and the hockey is better and better each year.   This tournament brings together families and friends for a weekend of fun.

Organized by /contact information: Naomi Katsumi, e-mail:  n.katsumi@rogers.com

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Turkish Movie with English subtitles: Çınar Ağacı

http://www.cinaragacifilmi.com/

May 11 ( Saturday)  6:30 pm

26 Thorncliff Place, Ottawa

Refreshments will be served

PLOT SYNOPSIS: Two sons, two daughters, grandsons, granddaughters; plants, records, a gramaphone and a trunk which are carried from one house to another every two months. And 'a plane tree' where they meet every two months, underneath it! Although the retired teacher Mrs Adviye's a little mischievous, sometimes a little peevish character seems to make things difficult for her children, for her grandson Barış, the most meaningful thing in his life is his 'grandma.' Only Barış looks forward to the meetings under 'The Plane Tree' and their turn to look after the grandma in their house to come soon!

Presented by the Canadian Turkish Heritage Foundation.

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Art Workshop: Demonstration on Traditional Atayal Weaving Technique and the Process of Fibre Preparation

Artist: Yuma Taru ( Atayal Artist-Taiwan)

May 12 ( Sunday) 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Venue: 35 Rue George Street, Downtown Campus, Ottawa School of Art

For her demonstration/workshop, Yuma plans to demonstrate the traditional Atayal weaving techniques and the process of fibre preparation. She will bring sets of traditional weaving costumes, so the participants can take a closer look of these weaving products and maybe even try them on (for photos).  She will also present a video about her village studio, her effort to preserve weaving tradition, and the Atayal tribal environment. She may bring some fibres for participants to practice try out basic techniques.

Presented by the Ottawa School of Art

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Art Lecture: The Process of Life

Artist: En Lai ( Paiwan artist- Taiwan)

May 13 ( Monday) Noon

Venue: 35 Rue George Street, Downtown Campus, Ottawa School of Art

Artist En Lei comes from a family with a strong artistic tradition. His father, mother, and brother are all famous for their artwork and fine crafts. He will give a one-hour talk in which he will introduce the Paiwan Indigenous culture and village life, and share his artwork.  The topic of his talk will be "The Process of Life", which is the same title as his painting appearing in the Sakahàn exhibition

Presented by the Ottawa School of Art

 

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Ai Weiwei and the History of Political Art in China

Professor Ming Tianmpo, Carleton University

May 15 ( Wednesday), 7:30pm

Room:156, Libray and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street

Free for CCFS-O Members. Non-Members: $5

Ai Weiwei has emerged as a prominent critic of the Chinese government, bringing together art and politics in provocative and often poetic ways. This lecture provides a preview of the exhibition Ai Weiwei:  According to What?, opening at the Art Gallery of Ontario in August.  It will survey Ai Weiwei's career, and situate it in a snapshot history of the relationship between art and politics in China from the Yuan dynasty to the present. Ming Tiampo is Associate Professor of Art History at Carleton University.

Presentation followed by refreshments and conversation

Presented  by the Canada-China Friendship Society

Contact CCFS at ccfs.ottawa@gmail.comwww.fccfa.ca/Ottawa,  613-729-3660

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Hikashu Concert

May 15 ( Wednesday) 

Venue:National Arts Centre, Fourth Stage, 53 Elgin Street

Time: 7:30pm

Admission: For more info and tickets, visit the National Arts Centre's page for the event: http://nac-cna.ca/en/community/event/5772

High-powered, Japanese band, Hikashu, hits the NAC Fourth Stage, May 15th! Performing with virtuosic intensity, this quintet covers musical territory from rock to folk to jazz. Join us for an electrifying musical experience and a Canadian premiere!

Governor General's award-winning artist, Nobuo Kubota, gives the introductory Performnce!

Presented by A B Series in partnership with the National Arts Centre and Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville

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Ottawa Turkish Music Ensemble and Montreal Turkish Music Choir

Conductor: Mr. Ismail Fencioglu

May 18 ( Saturday). 8:30pm

Ticket: $20

Kailash Mital Theater, Carleton University

The concert will be performed jointly by two choirs; Ottawa Turkish Music Ensemble and Montreal Turkish Music Choir. The joint group will sing classical Turkish Music pieces from different musical structures of the Turkish music, called 'makam', and few folk songs. The concert will also include performances by solo singers.

The musical instruments of the performance will combine authentic musical instruments as well as western musical instruments such as, oud, kanun, cello, clarinet, double bass, percussion.

Presented by: Ottawa Turkish Music Ensemble and Montreal Turkish Music Choir, conducted by Ismail Hakki Fencioglu

Contact Information: 613-880-3588

Please also visit us at http://www.turkishmusicottawa.com

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Chinatown REMIXED: A Celebration of Art

Opening: May 18 1:30—5:00 pm

Shanghai Restaurant main stage 

Exhibitions on Display May 18 - June 18  

Somerset St. West

Chinatown Remixed presents one continuous art gallery in Chinatown! The Fifth annual Art Festival exhibits art in unusual & diverse venues - grocery stores, travel agencies, hair salons, cafés and restaurants. More than 40 artists show their work in 40 businesses. Ottawa's one-of-a-kind Art Festival. Following the Grand Openings & Vernissages there will be an Ottawa velo vogue bike parade! 

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Film Screening: "Being Chinese in Quebec" and panel discussion 
May 22 (Wednesday) 6:30-8:30 pm                             
University of Ottawa,
Morisset Hall, 65 Université, 
Free Admission
Being Chinese in Quebec-A Road Movie :http://www.montrealgazette.com/entertainment/Documentary+Being+Chinese+Quebec/7964787/story.html
Two young Chinese-Canadians who have decided to call Quebec their home travel from Montreal to Gaspé, meeting Chinese-Quebeckers along the way - and talking about language and identity. Their trip takes place against the backdrop of the apology by the Canadian government to the Chinese community for past injustices, including the infamous Head Tax and Exclusion Act applying to Chinese immigrants between 1885 and 1947. Filmmakers Bethany Or and Parker Mah will talk about their film and journey.
Light Refreshments will be served 
Presented byUNA-Canada M&M, http://www.unac.org/en/projects/mmmc/aboutinternships2011.asp. Monde Media and OMMI 
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Ayurveda: Ancient Indian Medicine in Modern Times

Speaker: Dr.Hemant Gupta

May 28 (Tuesday) . 6:30 pm – 9pm

Room 156, Library and Archives Canada

Free Admission

Dr. Hemant Gupta’s is President of the Canadian Ayurveda Medical Association. He has 25 years, of extensive expertise in Ayurveda medicine and holistic health. Ayurveda seeks to keep people healthy by restoring balance. Participants will receive a body type evaluation; learn about diet, lifestyle, exercise and other techniques to improve their health. http://www.divineayurveda.org

Presented by Indo Canadian Community Center and the Festival of India Ottwa

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Bamboo Groove- Jazz Night

May 31 (Friday) 7:30 – 10:00 pm

Korean Palace Restaurant (610 Somerset St. W) 

$10 Cover Charge

Bamboo Groove is thrilled to perform for their third annual Asian Heritage Month, featuring a sneak peek at selections from their current CD studio recording project.  With their signature groove and fun spirit, they integrate traditional and modern styles, exploring popular and unusual standards, jazz interpretations of Chinese pop songs, and Mandarin versions of jazz tunes. Vocalist Peter Liu leads Bamboo Groove, and he is joined by exceptional musicians Peter Hum (piano), Norm Glaude (bass), Tim Shia (drums), and Scott Poll (clarinet).   

Reservations are highly recommended due to limited seating: 613-321-3911.

Presented by Korean Palace Restaurant. 

For more information, contact Peter at jazzmutants@yahoo.ca    

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Month Long Program

 
Cooking Demonstrations at Real Canadian Superstor 
190 Richmond Rd. PC Cooking School
Registration required at least 24 hours in advance!

Join Chefs Thuy Nguyen and Mae Anderson at their classes dedicated to the culinary delights of Asia.
Exotic Escape: “What's for Dinner”
May 7 (Thailand)
May 14 (Korea)
May 21 (China)
May 28 (Vietnam)
Noon – 1:00 pm ($10 and receive a $10 PC Gift Card rebate)

Taste of Japan:(Adult-Hands-On Class)
May 13: 6:30 – 8:30 pm ($40+HST)

Vietnamese Cuisine: (Adult-Hands-On Class)

May 31: 6:30-8:30pm ($40+HST)
Chinese Food for Kids (6 - 11 yrs.)
May 17: 6:30 – 8:30 pm. ($14+HST)
Information & Registration: Patricia Wilson, 613-722-5890, ext. 121 or
pccookingschool.westboro@loblaw.ca

Registration must be in at least 24 hours before the actual class. Due to limited seatings, no last minute or walk-ins on the day of the class.

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May 1- 31 Daily. OPML. 2nd Floor

Brush Painting and Watercolour Exhibition by Rowena Tolson

Subjests of painting include birds, flowers, scenery and wildlife. Rowena's works capture the beauty of nature in the Ottawa area as well as classical orintal scenes of mountains and villages.

Organized by the Ottawa Public Main Library

                    

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