Ricepaper MagazineRicepaper Magazine | Ricepaper Magazine http://ricepapermagazine.ca Asian Canadian Arts and Culture Thu, 24 Apr 2014 04:27:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 Terry Chen, TV and film actor, profile (2007) http://ricepapermagazine.ca/2014/04/terry-chen-tv-and-film-actor-profile-2007/ http://ricepapermagazine.ca/2014/04/terry-chen-tv-and-film-actor-profile-2007/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:30:58 +0000 http://ricepapermagazine.ca/?p=9755 Terry Chen, Ray Shum, Tempest Photo

by Annabelle Lucero
Published in Ricepaper 12.3 (2007)

Terry Chen was a rebellious thirteen-year-old prairie boy who hung around 7-Eleven parking lots while school was in session. The once truant student is now an avid acting student who gladly recites … more »

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Terry Chen, Ray Shum, Tempest Photo

by Annabelle Lucero
Published in Ricepaper 12.3 (2007)

Terry Chen was a rebellious thirteen-year-old prairie boy who hung around 7-Eleven parking lots while school was in session. The once truant student is now an avid acting student who gladly recites and rehearses play scenes in his acting classes.

Several years ago, when he first moved to Vancouver to start his career, he was a bit reluctant to admit that he was an actor. “I’ve embraced the fact that I’m an actor now,” says Chen, 32. “This is what I do for a living so I’m proud of it. It’s a tough life because there are definitely struggles but at the same time, I think I’ve gained a lot of strength from it and endured a lot of experiences that have made me a better person.”

Although he grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, Chen has been going back and forth along the West Coast from Vancouver to Los Angeles for the past ten years pursuing his dream. The former bartender is now on a roll having acted along side some of the finest talent Hollywood has to offer: Samuel Jackson, Billy Zane and Dennis Hopper. In the action packed movie War, premiering August 24, Chen plays FBI agent Tom Lone, husband to Lisa Lone played by the lovely Steph Song. The movie starring Jet Li and Jason Statham was shot in Vancouver and Los Angeles.

Terry Chen, Ray Shum, Tempest Photo

Like the roles Chen plays, there is depth to his own real life character.

“I’m not defined by being an actor; I’m defined by my friends, my family and what I do outside of the industry. I’m not chasing fame. To be able to support myself and the people I love that’s the important thing in my life right now and that’s paramount.”

Chen can relate to the characters he plays. He says it is superficial to judge someone solely on their profession, using FBI agent Lone as an example.

“There’s a man behind that. He was a father and a husband. You try to bring some depth to the character so you don’t think of him only as an FBI agent. I think of him as a person with a full life and that’s what the human experience is all about. In every character you have to find some association to believe it. That’s what acting is. It’s an extension of your own personal perspective. Anything you can bring to that character is unique because there’s only one version of yourself.”

What’s unique about this self-professed adrenaline junkie is the ink covering his brawny anatomy. A Daoist symbol tattooed on the inside of his right arm and the words que sera sera line the inside of his sculpted forearms. He flexes those arms when snowboarding in Revelstoke, B.C., or snowmobiling with his best friend in the backcountry. When the poweder hasn’t fallen on the mountaintops Chen keeps the blood pumping by skydiving or strapping himself into a bungee cord and taking fifty-foot plunge.

“I love pushing myself physically. It’s kind of in keeping with the balance of my life. Whether I do things spiritually, intellectually I try to have a well-rounded life in that respect.”

The extreme sports he chooses to do are perhaps as physically demanding as the roles he takes.

War was challenging. We had Corey Yuen as our fight choreographer. A lot of his movements are stylized and very specific. That can be challenging trying to make your movements in sync with the camera. Those days can be challenging but fun.” On his next adventure, he wants to go BASE jumping.

Terry Chen, Ray Shum, Tempest Photo

The thought of jumping off a bridge or cliff, free falling, and wondering whether his parachute will open in time for a safe landing gets Chen’s blood flowing. It might not be a bad way to get a panoramic view of the place he considers the most beautiful place to live in the world.

Though there are still many places he has yet to see.

“I think my main focus in the next five years will not only be work but to be traveling all over the world. I want to go to Vietnam. I want to go to Costa Rica, South America, Italy, France, Spain, Japan.”

Constantly trying to improve himself and understand his medium Chen says “patience and perseverance and educating yourself” is the key to longevity in the industry. But it’s not all about work. Chen even enjoys a vodka tonic every once in a while.

Photo gallery:

Terry Chen, Ray Shum, Tempest Photo Terry Chen, Ray Shum, Tempest Photo Terry Chen, Ray Shum, Tempest Photo

Terry Chen’s profile was published in issue 12.3 (2007) of Ricepaper magazine with different photos. Buy a copy now.

Thanks to Ray Shum of Tempest Photo for providing these photos, which have never been published before, from the original shoot.

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Ricepaper Magazine Exclusive: Poet and Musician Janice Lee http://ricepapermagazine.ca/2014/04/ricepaper-magazine-exclusive-poet-and-musician-janice-lee/ http://ricepapermagazine.ca/2014/04/ricepaper-magazine-exclusive-poet-and-musician-janice-lee/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:56:54 +0000 http://ricepapermagazine.ca/?p=9738 What is slam poetry and why is spoken word important to our own social understanding? 

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Ricepaper Magazine sits down with Asian-Canadian poet, song writer and community organizer, Janice Lee at a house show in Vancouver. The Kitchener-Waterloo native discusses the … more »

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What is slam poetry and why is spoken word important to our own social understanding? 

janice lee

Ricepaper Magazine sits down with Asian-Canadian poet, song writer and community organizer, Janice Lee at a house show in Vancouver. The Kitchener-Waterloo native discusses the power of spoken word and music, and her role in YouthCanSlam 2014 and CBC Searchlight Competition.

For more on Janice and where she may be performing next, check out her website: http://janicejolee.ca

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Reading Madeleine Thien: 3 dialogic sessions with Norman Cornett on April 22 – 24 http://ricepapermagazine.ca/2014/04/reading-madeleine-thien-3-dialogic-sessions-with-dr-norman-cornett-on-april-22-24/ http://ricepapermagazine.ca/2014/04/reading-madeleine-thien-3-dialogic-sessions-with-dr-norman-cornett-on-april-22-24/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:44:12 +0000 http://ricepapermagazine.ca/?p=9654 Reading Madeleine Thien, Norman Cornett

Norman Cornett’s “dialogic” style of teaching made him the subject the NFB documentary Professor Norman Cornett: ‘Since when do we divorce the right answer from an honest answer?’ (trailer).

He will lead three dialogic sessions on writer Madeleine … more »

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Reading Madeleine Thien, Norman Cornett

Norman Cornett’s “dialogic” style of teaching made him the subject the NFB documentary Professor Norman Cornett: ‘Since when do we divorce the right answer from an honest answer?’ (trailer).

He will lead three dialogic sessions on writer Madeleine Thien’s work at Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre campus in Vancouver.

“I first met Dr. Cornett in 2008, as an observer during his dialogic session with Montreal writer Rawi Hage, and Hage’s celebrated and challenging novel Cockroach,” writes Thien, “The class took place in an art gallery on Montreal’s Sherbrooke Street. The session I witnessed was riveting, bold, argumentative, engaged, profound, and endlessly fascinating: the kind of conversation I believe that art both provokes and necessitates.”

“The dialogic sessions revealed not only the nuances of the work, but they revealed the reader to him or herself. What do we read, how do we read it, how do we integrate it into the system of thought we carry? What parts of our thinking are invisible to us and how can we make them visible? How can we think freely? ‘We suffer no illusions that we’ll all believe the same,’ Dr. Cornett has said. ‘So that we learn that the only answer that really counts is an honest answer.’ In my encounters with Dr. Cornett since then, I’ve been consistently moved and educated by the discourse that Dr. Cornett is able to elicit in his students and in the guests who visit his class.”

“I’m honoured that Dr. Cornett has chosen to focus on my work but I know that the subject at the heart of the discourse will be the reader, the individual: our perceptions, illusions and convictions, and the struggle to think free thoughts.”

Reading Madeleine Thien: A Dialogic Experience takes place on Tue. April 22 to Thu. April 24, from 7 to 9 p.m., in Room 1520 of Simon Fraser University at Harbour Centre (515 W. Hastings St., Vancouver, B.C.). Madeleine Thien will be at the April 24 session. It’s free and open to the public.

For more information (PDF).

Norman Cornett, Madeleine Thien

For more on Norman Cornett, here’s a YouTube video from New University Television.

Madeleine Thien’s talk “On Hastings Street,” part of Vancouver of the Mind, was published in issue 18.3 (Winter 2013) of Ricepaper magazine. Buy a copy.

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Doretta Lau’s book How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun? http://ricepapermagazine.ca/2014/04/doretta-laus-how-does-a-single-blade-of-grass-thank-the-sun-book-launch-on-wed-april-23/ http://ricepapermagazine.ca/2014/04/doretta-laus-how-does-a-single-blade-of-grass-thank-the-sun-book-launch-on-wed-april-23/#comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 00:15:28 +0000 http://ricepapermagazine.ca/?p=9684 Doretta Lau, How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?

Why is Doretta Lau holding her new book in front of Subeez Cafe? Because it’s one of the many Vancouver locations in her short story collection How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?

Julia, the protagonist of … more »

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Doretta Lau, How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?

Why is Doretta Lau holding her new book in front of Subeez Cafe? Because it’s one of the many Vancouver locations in her short story collection How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?

Julia, the protagonist of “Robot by the River,” meets Oliver Andrews there. He’s a Korean adoptee, one of the book’s many Asian Canadian characters..

Doretta actually hadn’t been inside Subeez since around 2001, and had recently wondered with a friend, “Who goes there anymore?” Well, apparently, we did. The decor hadn’t changed much. The huge melted candles were still there. The menu had changed, now featuring fish tacos and edamame. The food was good, but too distracting for an interview. So we went to the CBC.

She had started writing the title story in 2005. Despite the Zen sounding title, it is actually the most bad-ass, featuring characters named Yellow Peril, The Chairman, Suzie Wrong, Riceboy and the Sick Man of Asia.

“I actually began the process of finishing it in 2011,” she says, “I spent a week eating instant noodles and working on it.” It was rejected by several magazines before being published in issue 41/1 of EVENT magazine. It wound up getting the attention of her book publisher and was a finalist for the Journey Prize in 2013.

For more, watch our video:

Doretta Lau’s short story “Days of Being Wild,” now collected in How Does A Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?, was published in issue 18.3 (Winter 2013) of Ricepaper magazine. Read an excerpt. Buy a copy of the issue.

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Doretta Lau’s short story “Days of Being Wild” (excerpt) http://ricepapermagazine.ca/2014/04/doretta-laus-short-story-days-of-being-wild-excerpt/ http://ricepapermagazine.ca/2014/04/doretta-laus-short-story-days-of-being-wild-excerpt/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:36:48 +0000 http://ricepapermagazine.ca/?p=9690 How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?, Doretta LauThat fall in New York, most of my thoughts had to do with pain or grief. I was not suicidal. Rather, my grandmother had died a few months earlier and I was slowly recovering from the loss. I did not … more »

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How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?, Doretta LauThat fall in New York, most of my thoughts had to do with pain or grief. I was not suicidal. Rather, my grandmother had died a few months earlier and I was slowly recovering from the loss. I did not know how to talk about my pain, so I often drank until I could no longer feel my hands or feet. Insomnia took hold of me. I lay in bed and watched movies until five or six a.m., taking careful notes for the screenplay I was supposed to complete to attain my Master’s degree. Though four months had passed since the end of coursework, I was still working on the first act. No matter how many hours I sat in front of my computer, I could not advance the plot of the film. My characters were flat. Each line of dialogue I wrote felt like an affront to the English language.

Everyone I attracted during this time was equally preoccupied with various miseries. A PhD history student who lived in my building, Kenichi Kingsley, considered me his only friend in the city. I am not sure what qualified me for this honour. I had not sought out his friendship, nor had I been particularly kind to him when we first met. To be honest, I had been wary of him because he was attractive in a movie star sort of way. My mother had often warned me that beautiful men lacked a conscience.

Kenichi was on anti-depressants, which made him an undesirable drinking companion—he was incomprehensibly drunk after only two beers. Yet, he insisted upon drinking with me on Thursday nights, after his course on the modern history of Japan. It was one of the few fixed appointments on my calendar. We always went to the same restaurant, and we always sat at the bar. Our friendship was a habit, like smoking or biting one’s nails to the quick.
“I hate the guys in my class,” Kenichi said, after a large gulp of beer. “Most of them have or want Japanese wives or girlfriends.”

Doretta Lau’s short story “Days of Being Wild,” now collected in her book How Does A Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun? was published in issue 18.3 (Winter 2013) of Ricepaper magazine. Buy a copy.

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M’goi/Doh Jeh exhibit at Centre A: April 24 to June 14 http://ricepapermagazine.ca/2014/04/mgoidoh-jeh-exhibit-at-centre-a-preview/ http://ricepapermagazine.ca/2014/04/mgoidoh-jeh-exhibit-at-centre-a-preview/#comments Sun, 06 Apr 2014 17:37:46 +0000 http://ricepapermagazine.ca/?p=9629 linguistic tantrums, M'goi/Doh Jeh

There are two ways to say “thank you” in Cantonese Chinese: “M’goi” and “Doh jeh.” Which you use depends on context. Context is what the upcoming Centre A exhibit is about: M’goi/Do Jeh: Sites, Rites and Gratitude.

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linguistic tantrums, M'goi/Doh Jeh

There are two ways to say “thank you” in Cantonese Chinese: “M’goi” and “Doh jeh.” Which you use depends on context. Context is what the upcoming Centre A exhibit is about: M’goi/Do Jeh: Sites, Rites and Gratitude.

Part of it is poet Lydia Kwa’s artwork linguistic tantrums. The traditional Chinese characters are printed with foundry type bought from Ho Sun Hing Printers, which just closed in March, a few doors away from Centre A in Vancouver’s Chinatown.

Another is Saturday School, curated by Kathryn Gwun-Yeen Lennon, where you’ll learn survival Cantonese so you can order food in a restaurant and shop for groceries in Chinatown.

Vancouver’s Chinatown is going through a great transformation, including new developments and Centre A’s new location. Lennon spoke to Ricepaper about the exhibit, and took a bit of a tour of Chinatown, including a stop at the 188 Keefer condo project and its “Ni hao” hoarding.

Watch our  video:

M’goi/Doh Jeh runs from April 24 to June 14 at Centre A (229 E. Georgia St., Vancouver, B.C.). Opening reception: April 24, 7 p.m. For more information, go to the Centre A website.

Lydia Kwa’s novel Pulse was reviewed in issue 15.4 (Winter 2010) of Ricepaper magazine. Buy a copy.

Kathryn Gwun-Yeen Lennon’s poem “Someday I Will” was published in issue 18.4 (Spring 2014) of Ricepaper magazine. Buy a copy.

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Win tickets to see Wondrous Tales of Old Japan http://ricepapermagazine.ca/2014/03/win-tickets-to-see-wondrous-tales-of-old-japan/ http://ricepapermagazine.ca/2014/03/win-tickets-to-see-wondrous-tales-of-old-japan/#comments Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:58:07 +0000 http://ricepapermagazine.ca/?p=9595 Wondrous Tales of Old Japan

Enter to win four tickets to see the show Wondrous Tales of Old Japan by Carousel Theatre for Young People on April 5, the opening night, at the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island (1412 Cartwright St., Vancouver, B.C.) at … more »

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Wondrous Tales of Old Japan

Enter to win four tickets to see the show Wondrous Tales of Old Japan by Carousel Theatre for Young People on April 5, the opening night, at the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island (1412 Cartwright St., Vancouver, B.C.) at 7 p.m.

This contest is over.

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Doretta Lau at Vancouver Writers Fest event Incite http://ricepapermagazine.ca/2014/03/doretta-lau-at-vancouver-writers-fest-event-incite/ http://ricepapermagazine.ca/2014/03/doretta-lau-at-vancouver-writers-fest-event-incite/#comments Wed, 26 Mar 2014 05:24:36 +0000 http://ricepapermagazine.ca/?p=9600
Doretta Lau

On April 2, Doretta Lau will be taking part in Incite: an exploration of books and ideas, presented by the Vancouver Writers Fest in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library.

The twice-monthly series of free readings, interviews and discussions … more »

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Doretta Lau

On April 2, Doretta Lau will be taking part in Incite: an exploration of books and ideas, presented by the Vancouver Writers Fest in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library.

The twice-monthly series of free readings, interviews and discussions is described as “mind-altering, metamorphic … with authors who will change how you see the world.”

Lau’s short story collection How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun? was recently published by Nightwood Editions.

The other writers will be Kathy Page and Eva Stachniak.

Incite starts at 7:30 p.m. on Wed., April 2, at the Vancouver Public Library Central branch (350 W. Georgia) in the Alice MacKay Room.

For more information: writersfest.bc.ca

Doretta Lau’s short story “Days of Being Wild” was published in issue 18.3 (Winter 2013) of Ricepaper magazine. Buy a copy.

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Spring 2014 (18.4) issue http://ricepapermagazine.ca/2014/03/spring-2014-18-4-issue/ http://ricepapermagazine.ca/2014/03/spring-2014-18-4-issue/#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 03:46:36 +0000 http://ricepapermagazine.ca/?p=9555 Our new issue is out, featuring works by Fred Wah, Yasuko Thanh, Ann Marie Fleming, Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, Tom Cho, Janice Luo, Amy Matthewson, Corinna Chong, Kathryn Gwun-Yeen Lennon, Sarah Wai Yee Ling and Radha Smith.

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Our new issue is out, featuring works by Fred Wah, Yasuko Thanh, Ann Marie Fleming, Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, Tom Cho, Janice Luo, Amy Matthewson, Corinna Chong, Kathryn Gwun-Yeen Lennon, Sarah Wai Yee Ling and Radha Smith.

With book reviews of Let’s Take a Walk! by Larry Grant and Sarah Ling, Passage to Promise Land: Voices of Chinese Immigrant Women to Canada by Vivienne Poy, and Neither Here Nor There by Ema Ryan Yamazaki.

Ricepaper 18.4 cover

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Ga Ting: Playwright Minh Ly and artistic producer Chris Gatchalian chat online http://ricepapermagazine.ca/2014/03/ga-ting-playwright-minh-ly-and-artistic-producer-chris-gatchalian-chat-online/ http://ricepapermagazine.ca/2014/03/ga-ting-playwright-minh-ly-and-artistic-producer-chris-gatchalian-chat-online/#comments Fri, 21 Mar 2014 03:45:27 +0000 http://ricepapermagazine.ca/?p=9530 Minh Ly

Ga Ting, a new play by Minh Ly about a Chinese couple trying to come to terms with the death of their son over dinner with his Caucasian boyfriend, runs from March 22 to 30 at the Richmond Cultural Centre more »

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Minh Ly

Ga Ting, a new play by Minh Ly about a Chinese couple trying to come to terms with the death of their son over dinner with his Caucasian boyfriend, runs from March 22 to 30 at the Richmond Cultural Centre in B.C.

Two days before opening night, Ly and Chris Gatchalian (artistic producer of frank theatre, which is presenting the play with Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre), chatted online for Ricepaper about the writing, the production, and being a poster boy:

Chris Gatchalian: How involved have you been in the rehearsal process?

Minh Ly: I was pretty involved during the first week when the script needed to be tweaked, and the Cantonese dialogue needed to be approved.

CG: Most of your work as a theatre artist has been as an actor. What’s it like being the playwright this time, watching other people give life to your words?

ML: It’s quite wonderful actually. Being on the other side of the table, it’s getting ingrained in me more so what directors and playwrights want you the actor to bring to the table from the first day of rehearsal: a core ingredient being courage. We are looking to the actors for answers as much as the other way around. And of course it’s like magic seeing lines and characters I have written come to life.

I’ve had the privilege of workshopping and it’s been great to get opinions from actors, directors, etc. I guess what I’m trying to say is that writing can be a very lonely endeavour. But maybe it doesn’t have to be. I think it’s important to seek feedback, and really listen to the feedback. At the same time, it’s also important to own my own work, and know what I want to say and not get lost in other people’s input.

CG: It’s a fine balance, isn’t it?

ML: Absolutely, but I don’t think playwriting can be done alone. I don’t think it’s healthy, haha.

CG: Finding the balance between being open to others’ feedback and sticking to your guns.

ML: Yes, indeed.

Ga Ting

CG: The story of how this play germinated is interesting. Could you tell us about it?

ML: Sure…I simply thought it would be an intriguing to have a play open with a middle-aged Asian couple and a young Caucasian man on stage. Why would they be there together? The story developed in answering that question.

CG: And it’s sad that that scenario you described is still so mystifying to a lot of people. To see people of different races interacting on stage is still fairly rare, wouldn’t you agree?

ML: Yes, it is. I don’t understand why it’s like that in Vancouver. I mean, casting for my play has to be ethnically specific. I wanted to give an opportunity for middle-aged Asian actors to be onstage, how often do you see that? And how many of them keep doing what they do in this city because of that fact? We casted the mom from Hong Kong! Haha. Hopefully, authentic Canadian casting can be more mainstream in all types of plays some day soon, whether they be classics, Shakespeare or contemporary.

CG: One last question. Some people may not know this, but you were the frank theatre’s poster boy this season–the hot shirtless guy on the front of our rack card. What was that experience like?

ML: Hahahahahaha…um…Let’s just say I was glad I was in Toronto when that came out, hahahaha. During the photo shoot, it took some convincing, but then I thought, it’s for a theatre.

CG: Flaunt it if you’ve got it!

ML: Lighting does wonders. :)

Ga Ting runs from May 22 to 30 at the Richmond Cultural Centre (7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, B.C.). For tickets, more information: www.vact.ca

An excerpt of Ga Ting was published in issue 18.1 (summer 2013) of Ricepaper magazine. Buy a copy.

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