It’s not surprising that Asian Canadians will gravitate towards Asia as opposed to Canada when it comes to entertainment aspirations. The article from the National Post also has a lot of Godfrey Gao pictures for some reason. It’s pretty telling when the only North American movie photos of Godfrey that are included are ones from a 2013 movie that flopped. The writer should’ve balanced the number of Godfrey pics with as many pic of the lovely G.NA but that’s just my opinion. Sera is another lovely Asian Canadian who was in the Kpop group 9muses but not any more so it makes sense that she is not in the article.
The theme of this year’s Canada Reads contest was to choose a book to break barriers. After daily heated debates broadcasted on CBC, the last novel standing was Ru by Kim Thuy, a Vietnamese Canadian author who lives in Longueuil, a suburb of Montreal. Ru is originally a French novel, which won the Governer General’s Award for French Fiction in 2010 and was recently translated into English by Sheila Fischman. Two of the panelists also happen to be Asian Canadians, Kristin Kreuk and Elaine “Lainey” Lui who were arguing for other books, Intolerable and When Everything Feels Like the Movies, respectively. Lainey was one of two panelists arguing in the finale along with Cameron Bailey, who was arguing for Ru.
Greg Pak and Takeshi Miyazawa (who’s Japanese Canadian) already have a children’s book called The Princess Who Saved Herself written and drawn and have a kickstarter for funding the printing of physical copies. The book is based on the song of the same name by Johnathan Coulton.
It’s already way past its funding goal with 9 days left but it looks like a great book to get for one’s own little princess or as a gift.
This looks like a pretty good and interesting movie about child abduction in China. It is directed by Peng SanYuan and stars Andy Lau and Jing BoRan. It’ll be at Cineplex Forum in Montreal starting Friday March 20th and other North American cities. Check out China Lion Entertainment for more info.
So Amiibos are apparently hot items. They appear to just be figurines of popular Nintendo characters but their scarcity was enough to inspire this amusing rap. One of the members is Asian American, Alex Vergel.
I don’t know if there’s much of a rivalry between Boston and Montreal in the CWHL (or at least comparable to the Habs vs Bruins) but today, these top teams will face off for the Clarkson Cup, which is named after former governor general Adrienne Clarkson who is Asian Canadian and was born in Hong Kong. I’ll be rooting for Julie Chu and the Stars, of course.
Update: Boston won in OT…BOOOOOOOOOO!
I remember catching one episode of season 1 last year and was surprised to see one of the judges was Asian. I wasn’t surprised at how harsh and critical he could be at times. His name is Alvin Leung who grew up in Scarborough, Ontario but born in London, England. He is impressively a self taught cook who opened two restaurants that gained Michelin stars. The winner of season 1 was Eric Chong in a very tight finale. Season 2 has two Asian Canadian contestants, Christopher Siu and Debra Pangestu. I haven’t caught an episode of season 2 yet so I don’t know how well they’re doing.