Hip, Hapa and Interculturally Happening…. May 25th to June 1

Hip, Hapa and Interculturally Happening…. May 25th to June 1


I missed doing a HH&IH last week because I was consumed with
readying the Gung Haggis dragon boat team for their races of the season
at the Barnet Marine Park “Bill Alley Memorial Dragon Boat
Regatta.”  This weekend, the team will be racing under the Tacoma
Dragon Boat Association banner on the boats named Chix w/ Stix, and
Babes w/ Blades.  Each boat will have paddlers from Tacoma,
Seattle and Vancouver.  Look for us Saturday racing from 9am to
3:30pm, as part of the False Creek Women's dragon boat regatta, at
Creekside Park (just south of Science World).

Asian Heritage Month continues with lots of great performances, workshops and exhibitions – check it out at www.explorasian.org

Asian Heritage Month series
Meet the Composers: New Music and Poetry from China and the West

A program for Adults


Celebrate Asian Heritage Month with an
evening of inspired music-making, as the Orchid Ensemble perfoms works
by Hope Lee and Mark Armanini. The composers will share their musical
journeys and discuss their works related to contemporary and ancient
Asian poetry.

Vancouver's acclaimed Orchid Ensemble
blends ancient musical instruments and traditions from China and
beyond, creating a beautiful new sound that is both creative and
distinct.

Thursday May 25
7:30 pm
Free
Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level

Central Library

350 West Georgia Street

TIM WARD

Author discusses his new book, Savage Breast: A Man’s Search for the Goddess,
the tale of one man’s discovery of the feminine divine through myth,
art, archaeology, and personal encounter. May 26, 7:30 pm, Vancouver Public Library (350 W. Georgia). Free admission, info 604-331-3602.

THE ROLE OF THE MULTICULTURAL WRITER IN SOCIETY: CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS


As part of the 20th-anniversary Conference of Italian Canadian Writing,
Ariadne Sawyer hosts a world-poetry roundtable with a panel including
Carmelo Militano, Pasquale Verdicchio, Diego Bastianutti, Anita
Aguirre-Nieveras, and Victoria Pescha. May 26, UBC (Anthropology-Sociology Rm. 203). Free admission, info 604-526-4729.

CHINESE OPERA DEMONSTRATION

Chinese Opera Demonstration

Afascinating introduction to Chinese opera,
presented by members of Vancouver Cantonese Opera. There will be a
make-up demonstration and display of costumes and accessories, followed
by a workshop with discussions about opera characters and performance
techniques.

  • Make-up Demonstration: 12:00 p.m. -2:00 pm., in the Promenade.
  • Opera Workshop: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., in the Alma VanDusen and Peter Kaye rooms (lower level)

DISSECTION OF COMEDY


OPM, Jeffery Yu, and Kermet Apio share insights on their processes and
careers during this forum on sketch comedy, complete with
demonstrations. May 27, 2-3 pm, Roundhouse Community Centre (Pacific & Davie). Free admission, info 778-885-1973.

THE MULTICULTURAL CANADA CONFERENCE: OUR DIVERSE HERITAGE


Simon Fraser University hosts a conference with a focus on the
Multicultural Canada Digitization Project, which is committed to making
historical records of individuals and cultural communities available
online; speakers include historians Henry Yu (UBC) and Hugh Johnston
(SFU). May 31–June 2, SFU Harbour Centre (515 W. Hastings). Info ocs.sfu.ca/multiculturalcanada2006/.

WORLD POETRY READING SERIES

Ariadne Sawyer
and Alejandro Mujica-Olea host a celebration of Asian Heritage Month,
featuring readings by Tibetan lama Pema, Kagan Goh (Singapore), Billy
Yizhong (China), Anita Aguirre Nieveras (Philippines), and Mandana
Rastan (Persia), plus songs in Tagalog performed by the Holy Rosary
Cathedral 12:30 Choir. May 29, 7:30 pm, Vancouver Public Library (350 W. Georgia). Free admission, info 604-526-4729.

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