Co-Presented by the Pan-Asia Student Society (PASS) and South Asian Development Council (SADC) at the University of Toronto
The Pan-Asia Cultural Showcase took place on Thursday January 26th, 2012 at the Hart House Music Room. It was set to celebrate Asian culture by displaying local talents of Asian arts, ranging from music to film. The event invited students to explore the diversity and richness in Asian art forms, and thereby understanding the region in new light. The event was a fundraiser for the INDePth Conference 2012 organized by PASS and a new academic journal launched by SADC.
Speakers and Performers:
Jonathan Campbell is the author of Red Rock: the Long, Strange March of Chinese Rock & Roll. He lived in Beijing from 2000 to 2010 and did extensive study in local Chinese rock music. His writing appeared in a range of local, national and international media outlets. He has been called a “stalwart of the Chinese music scene” (China Music Radar); In this event, he will be talking about his intriguing experience in China and with Red Rock. He will be sharing music clips that he documented from China.
Chris MaGee, Co-director of the Toronto Shinsedai Cinema Festival
The Shinsedai Cinema Festival is an annual showcase of the best in new, independent and rarely seen Japanese films. In this event, the co-director of the Shinsedai Festival, Chris MaGee, will be introducing and showing us one to two Japanese short films from last year’s program from the festival. (films TBC)
She is the author of The Palm Leaf Fan and Other Stories, which was published in 2008 to much acclaim, being one of the first works of fiction to describe the life of the Chinese Hakka community in Kolkota. She grew up in Chattawalla Gully, in the old part of the city and came to Canada through an arranged marriage. She is also a co-author of A Kiss Beside the Monkey Bars, a collection of short stories.
He is the author of The Amazing Absorbing Boy, A Perfect Pledge, and Homer in Flight, among other works. He has published in various literary journals and anthologies, written reviews and articles for The Washington Post, The Globe and Mail, and The Toronto Star, written a play, Malcolm and Alvin for CBC Radio, and co-written a screenplay for the film Malini. His books have been nominated for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (twice), The Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award, The Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and more recently, The Bocas Prize and The Trillium Award. Born in the Caribbean, he lives in Ajax, Ontario.
LittleColumbus (Charles Wong)
Ranked one of top 100 most subscribed musicians in Canada on Youtube, Little Columbus is an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, passionate in producing music. In this event, he will perform some mainstream Chinese music as well as his original work.
YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheLittleColumbus
Fuzion Dance Group
A local youth dance group, performs contemporary South Asian dance with a mixture of modern hip hop.