Reviews

Book Review – You Are A Cat! by Sherwin Tjia

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You Are A Cat! 
by Sherwin Tjia

Conundrum Press, Oct. 2011,
240 pages, 80 b/w illustrations $17 (Paperback)

Reviewed by Elliot Chan.

As someone who finds felines endearing and adorable—but is also allergic to them—I’m trapped in a love-hate relationship … more »

Book Review: Inside Chinatown: Ancient Culture in a New World

Book Review: Inside Chinatown: Ancient Culture in a New World

Inside Chinatown: Ancient Culture in a New World
By Robert Amos and Kileasa Wong
TouchWood Editions, 160 pages

Reviewed by David Chau

Published in 14.4

ROBERT AMO’S AND KILEASA WONG’S book, Inside Chinatown: Ancient Culture in a New World, … more »

VAFF 2012 - "A Lot Like You"

VAFF 2012 – “A Lot Like You”

I’m passing through a road I don’t know, looking out the smoky windows of the bus and trying to act like I don’t mind that a beet-red man is standing over my seat, huffing noisily as he tries to do … more »

VAFF 2012: Tales of the Waria

VAFF 2012 Review: Tales of the Waria (dir: Kathy Huang)

When talking about the LGBTQ community, one tends to hear of the abuse and atrocities committed by certain hateful individuals or groups and the pains with which the community combats … more »

What We All Long For

What We All Long For

Set in 2002, Dionne Brand’s What We All Long For brings together the multi-layered voices and history of Toronto, the unexplored lives of urban youth, and the hidden secrets of their families. There’s Tuyen, an aspiring avant-garde artist, Carla, a … more »

The Skeletons in the Family Closet in Lydia Kwa's Pulse

The Skeletons in the Family Closet in Lydia Kwa’s Pulse

Book Review
Published in 15.4

Pulse, the latest novel by Lydia Kwa, opens on a summer’s day in 2007 when Natalie receives a letter at home in Toronto. “The par avion envelope with its border of red and blue … more »

The Lure of the Unknown in Hiromi Goto's Half World

The Lure of the Unknown in Hiromi Goto’s Half World

Book Review
Published in 14.3

Half World
By Hiromi Goto
Penguin Group Canada, 224 pages, $20.00

A journey of fierce struggle, marked by macabre characters and dangerous feats, is the subject of Half World, the latest offering from veteran … more »

The Lives of Two Strangers in Jen Sookfong Lee's The Better Mother

The Lives of Two Strangers in Jen Sookfong Lee’s The Better Mother

A Book Review by Abhishek Sharma
Published in 16.3

RUMMAGING THROUGH TIME IN Vancouver between 1958 and 1982, Jen Sookfong Lee’s The Better Mother is a tale about the unconventional friendship between two strangers. The initial meeting of the two … more »

The Avant-Garde Performance of Sankai Juku

The Avant-Garde Performance of Sankai Juku

A Dance Review by Eury Chang
Published in 16.1

Date: November 5 and 6, 2010
Location: The Vancouver Playhouse, as part of DanceHouse series

It was truly an occasion to witness world-renowned Sankai Juku in their touring work, entitled Tobari: more »

China and Canada’s Intimate Relationship in “Under the Skin”

A Dance Review by Eury Chang
Published in 16.1

Show: Under the Skin
Companies: Wen Wei Dance and Beijing Modern Dance Company
Date: March 11 and 12, 2011

Presented as part of Vancouver’s large-scale DanceHouse series, Under the Skin was … more »

Telling Tales: Howie Tsui's Storied Worlds

Telling Tales: Howie Tsui’s Storied Worlds

An Art Review by Zoë Chan
Published in 16.1

Issue 16.1′s cover featured a portion of a larger art piece, “Forest Romp”, by Howie Tsui. Zoë Chan reviews his Horror Fables exhibition below. You can check out more of Tsui’s more »

The Humanity of Ha Jin’s “A Good Fall”

A Book Review by David Chau

The characters in Ha Jin’s latest collection of short stories, A Good Fall, are suspended between desire and obligation, their personal freedoms often impaired by a debt  from the past. Entering the stories …