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Rachel interviews Chika and Melodee

Rachel interviews Chika (youtube channels Japanagos / Bilingirl) and Melodee, a TV reporter & ballet dancer, who also has a youtube channel. The main topic being about their experiences in Japan and the difficulties they encountered due to not having grown up in Japan. A Japanese term, Kikokushijo, describes a Japanese person who returns to Japan from a long time living aboard. Interesting stuff.

and part 2…

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Posted in Games, Video

Random post about Final Fantasy

Final Fantasy, perhaps the most popular Japanese RPG video game series, has been on my mind lately. Part of that is due to the upcoming Final Fantasy: Distant Worlds concert tour stop in Montreal on February 11, 2017, which I hope to go to. However, what really rekindled my interest were the releases of some of the games on PC via Steam last spring, namely FFIX and FFX & X-2. I ended up purchasing both and also FFVI during Steam’s Christmas sale. I spent some time in December and January playing them.

My JRPG experience isn’t very extensive. During the 16-bit era, I had a Sega Genesis, which didn’t have many RPG games (like the SNES did) but I did rent Phantasy Star IV. Despite not knowing what the heck to do (the rental copy didn’t have the instruction manual) I was actually very enthralled with it. I ended up dying in some dungeon all the time because I didn’t know how to heal myself. Before this game, I had zero interest in RPGs but it would be a while before I would play another one.

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Posted in *Recommended, Art & Animation, Reviews

New Super-Man – Issues 1-6 review

newsuper-man1New Super-Man is a comic book about a Chinese Superman. The original Superman, Clark Kent aka Kal-El, is still around so this one’s not a replacement but understandably the idea of making an “insert race here” version of an iconic superhero is a controversial one. The only reason I even considered buying this was because of the writer that was hired for this series. His name is Gene Luen Yang who is an award-winning writer & cartoonist who wrote American Born Chinese, a graphic novel that achieved much success. It is also one of my favorite graphic novels ever. Even Mr. Yang himself initially rejected the job of writing a Chinese Superman but after some further thought he came to realize some of the storytelling potential. Issues 1-6 comprise the first story arc titled, “Made in China.” How did the team, which includes artist Viktor Bogdanovic, behind New Super-Man do? First, I’ll write a brief plot summary of the issues, which will contain some spoilers (but no major ones) and then proceed with my impressions.

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Christine Law – founder of Floranthropie

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Here’s a nice interview in French (from October 2016) with Christine Law, founder of Floranthropie. You can donate money via their Chuffed campaign or on their website.

For those who don’t understand French, I’ve provided a translation of it in English below (not line by line but more of a summary).

There are many ways to help ease the isolation felt by senior citizens. Christine Law chose to give them flowers, obtained from marriages and corporate events, which she rearranges into nice bouquets. This is essentially the mission of Floranthropie.

The idea came to Christine from having lived with her grandparents until high school. Her parents who were immigrants who didn’t speak English or French and had 4 girls (Christine is the youngest) and it was hard for them. Unfortunately, her grandmother had an accident and passed away. In the last years of her grandfather’s life, she sensed the solitude in his life. At every supper, he would teach her a Chinese proverb. There was one that he repeated often and the general meaning of it was that it is important to respect parents to have a long life.

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Posted in Film Screenings, Trailers, Video

The Wasted Times – opens Dec 16 @ Cineplex Forum

 

The Wasted Times will open at Cineplex Forum starting on December 16, 2016 courtesy of China Lion Film. It also opens in various other Canadian and American cities. This thriller is directed by Cheng Er and stars Ge You, Zhang Ziyi, Tandanobu Asano and Gillian Chung. That’s a pretty impressive cast. The film is set in 1930s Shanghai and it sounds like Shanghainese is spoken.

And here’s another trailer from over a year ago…

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