Monthly Archives: April 2007

Ruth Ozeki's “My Year of Meats” chosen for 2007 One Book One Vancouver

Ruth Ozeki's “My Year of Meats” – chosen for 2007 One Book One Vancouver

Wayson Choy's “The Jade Peony” was the first choice for the inaugural One Book One Vancouver program in 2003.  I was invited in January  2003 to be part of the organizing committee, but I had to promise not to say anything.  It was a revolutionary idea in libraries at the time.  Build a book club for the entire city… encourage every citizen to read the same book… and create a whole range of programs to explore its themes and related issues.

Check out the Vancouver Public Library website for information on this year's choice!

One Book One Vancouver – My Year of Meats

Ruth Ozeki's My Year of Meats Chosen the Book for 2007!

Get ready for another great summer of reading and exciting programs, and join the fun as VPL's award-winning One Book, One Vancouver presents our “meatiest” title yet! On April 23,
The Library announced Ruth Ozeki's
My Year of Meats

as the title for this year's program, and released 450 copies of the
book to library branches across Vancouver for people to read and enjoy.

Receiving critical acclaim around the world,
My Year of Meats
is a juicy cross-cultural tale that brings together the media, the global meat industry,
and two women from opposite ends of the earth with hilarious and haunting results.

From May to June, read
My Year of Meats
, and join us for some great events and book discussions created to explore the book's themes and bring
the book alive. One Book, One Vancouver related programming will also be held at Word on the Street in September.


For more info on these and other upcoming events, visit our events page.
For more One Book updates, highlights, and activities, visit our OBOV webpage from May to June.

Happy reading, Vancouver!

Upcoming events:

Ruth Ozeki, Inaugural Author Reading

Monday, May 7; 7:30 p.m.

Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level

Central Library (350 W. Georgia St.)

Book Discussions with special guest, Ruth Ozeki

Tuesday, May 8

3 p.m. – Oakridge Branch  (To register, call 604-665-3980.)

7:30 p.m. – Joe Fortes Branch  (To register, call 604-65-3972.)

Join our author for an lively and intimate discussion of this year's choice.

Media, Culture…What's Your Reality? Panel Discussion

Tuesday, May 22; 7:30 p.m.

Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level

Central Library (350 W. Georgia St.)

From reality TV to mainstream journalism, find out what is the media's influence on today's mainstream culture?
With special guests, Ruth Ozeki and Vancouver Sun Arts & Life Editor Dominic Patten.

May is Asian Heritage Month… all across the country

May is Asian Heritage Month… all across the country

From Halifax to Vancouver… and everywhere in-between… Asian Heritage Month will be celebrated.
Here are the websites for Asian Heritage celebrations in

Halifax: Asian Heritage Month 

Fredericton: Asian Heritage Month Committee

Montreal: Accès Asie

Ottawa: Ottawa
Asian Heritage Month Society

Toronto: Asian Heritage Month

Winnipeg: Asian Heritage

Edmonton: Edmonton
Asian Heritage Month

Calgary: imaginAsian

Vancouver :

Bone Marrow transplant needed for James Lee Erlandsen… searching for Eurasian donors

Bone Marrow transplant needed for James Lee Erlandsen…
searching for Eurasian donors

This past week, I recieved a unique request to help spread the
request to find a bone marrow donor for James Erlandsen.  His
cousin Aynsley contacted me.  I am amazed at the similar
parallels between James and myself regarding our family histories, our
educational histories, and health crisis histories.

Back in 1989, I was studying Psychology at SFU, when I was diagnosed
with a germ cell tumor, a rare form of cancer and given a 60% chance to
live with treatment.  Without chemotheraphy treatment, the doctors
later told me, I would have lasted about two weeks.  I had just
turned 29 years old at the time.

Life is always fragile.  We are more likely to die in a car
accident than from a disease while we are still in our twenties. 
If I had died back then… there would be no Gung Haggis Fat Choy
Robbie Burns Chinese New Year Dinner… no Toddish McWong…  no
Gung Haggis Fat Choy dragon boat team…  possibly no Taiwanese
Dragon Boat races in Vancouver.

I wouldn't have helped to found the SFU Terry Fox Day in 1994, nor the
SFU Gung Haggis Fat Choy Festival in 1995.  I wouldn't have
volunteered at Asian Canadian Writer's Workshop to help create the ACWW
Community Builder's Dinner, or been a committee member on the inaugural
One Book One Vancouver committee for the Vancouver Public Library in 2003, or a
organizing leader for the Save Kogawa House committee, or participated
in Chinese Head Tax Redress.  They have all been rewarding experiences for me – both personally and for the community.

A 23 year old SFU student, named James Lee Eriandsen, is now facing a health crisis.

There may be an incredible life still to live for James, or there may
not.  We do what we can.  We live in the present.  We
give thanks each day…  and we try to help others.

The following information was sent to me from a cousin of James Lee
Both she and James are multi-generational Canadians of Chinese
ethnicity, while James also has Caucasian heritage too.  Our
ancestors lived and worked in Vancouver
Chinatown and probably knew each other…   I am glad to help

was working on his degree in Geography at Simon Fraser University and
working at Save-On-Foods when on February 1st, he was diagnosed with
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.  He is part Chinese and Caucasian
and has no siblings.  His bone marrow type is rare and he needs as
many registrants as possible to find a potential match.  The best
chance for a match would be from Eurasian donors.

Please submit your information to the Bone Marrow Donor Registry online
and you will be contacted by Canadian Blood Services.

I have since found out that James' interests include:

Music (except bluegrass and heavy
Lawn Bowling
Baking Cookies
Socializing and Restaurants
Las Vegas
Bubby, his dog (a Chow)
Art, Graphic Design, Visual Arts
Video Games

He was born in 1983 and graduated from Carson
Graham (North Van) in 2001.

Omigod… James graduated from my old High School, I was a 1978 grad at
Carson Graham, where I was also on the wrestling and badminton teams in
1978 and concert band in 1977.  The parrallels between our lives
are amazing.

Hopefully, a matching bone marrow can be found for James. 
Please download the attachment poster and send to your friends.

Please ask your Eurasian or Hapa friends if they can register for a bone marrow match.

David Suzuki: The Autobiography… wins the BC Bookseller's Choice Award

David Suzuki: The Autobiography…
wins the BC Bookseller's Choice Award
David Suzuki…

Congratulations to the winners
announced on Saturday, April 28, 2007
at the Lieutenant Governor's
BC Book Prize Gala
, emceed by William Deverell at Government House,
in Victoria.

Booksellers' Choice Award in Honour of Bill Duthie

Suzuki and Greystone Books
David Suzuki: The Autobiography

This is a great book!  I received it as a gift from my friend Ian
for my birthday last year.  Suzuki details many aspects of his
life.  His time spent in the Japanese-Canadian internment camps is
discussed in the chapter “My happy childhood in racist BC.”

Suzuki describes how his tenure at UBC was affected by his divorce, but
also how the assination of Martin Luther King affected his activism on
social and racial issues.  Some chapters describing his growing
commitment to environmental issues is fascinating, particularly the
descriptions of the Stein Valley Music Festival.

He also shares some stories about his children, both from his first
marriage and his second marriage.  Particularly interesting is how
his daughter Severn Suzuki-Cullis becomes committed to environmental
issues and develops the drive to attend the Earth Summit at Rio de
Janiero, becoming an environmental celebrity that captures the media
attention and an invitation to speak at the United Nations.

Dr. David Suzuki is indeed on of Canada's greatest living Canadians…

If you would like to sign a petition to have a park named after him….
call Vancouver Parks Commissioner Spencer Herbert.  Herbert has
proposed to have the park at 72nd Ave and Selkirk St. named after David
Suzuki.  This park is just around the corner from the Suzuki
childhood home that that was confiscated by the Canadian government
when the Canadian-born Suzuki family was interned during WW2 for being
“enemy aliens.”