Sept 13 – Yin Yeung Express – storytelling & supper event4 min read

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Join us for a special night of storytelling and supper
Yin Yeung Express is a unique culinary event on September 13-15. It’s a night of supper and storytelling curated by Ricepaper magazine (Sept. 13), Rain City Chronicles (Sept. 14), and our friend Kevin Chong (Sept. 15). Presented by In the House festival, Ken Tsui (Program Director, Vancouver Chinatown Night Market) and Kevin Chong.

Inspired by Hong Kong’s signature open-air eateries (dai pai dong), memorable stories of food are paired with four fine-dining interpretations of humble Hong Kong café classics. Forget the greasy bowls of instant ramen with spam made to order and dive into a playful take on the cuisine’s most iconic dishes prepared with an innovative mix of fresh ingredients. And yes, there will be vegetarian options. Stories will revolve around the memories of Chinese food.

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Stories curated by:

September 13th: Ricepaper Magazine
September 14th: Rain City Chronicles
September 15th: Kevin Chong

With music by Charlie Lui (on Dizi) and Zhimin Yu (on Ruan). Food by chef Tarek Chellouf.

In the true fashion of the pop-up experience, the dinners are held in a secret location which will be revealed only days before the event, and ONLY if you’ve purchased your tickets.

Tickets: $55
Tickets can be purchased on-line here or by phone at 604-874-9325
Dates: September 13, 14, 15, 2013
Time: Doors at 6:30 PM
Dinner served: 7:00 PM
For more information visit the website:

September 13 (curated by Ricepaper Magazine):

Renée Sarojini Saklikar writes thecanadaproject, a lifelong poem chronicle. Work from thecanadaproject appears in The Georgia Straight, The Vancouver Review, Geist, Poetry is Dead, SubTerrain, Ryga, Ricepaper, Arc Poetry Magazine, CV2, and Leaf Press as well as in Alive at the Center, contemporary poems from the pacific northwest and Force Field: 77 Women Poets of British Columbia. Renée’s first book of poetry, children of air india, is forthcoming fall of 2013 (Nightwood Editions).

Jovanni Sy is a playwright, director, performer, and the Artistic Director of the Gateway Theatre.  Originally from Toronto, Jovanni is the former Artistic Director of Cahoots Theatre and the former Playwright-in-Residence at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake,Ontario.

Janey Lew is a writer, scholar, and teacher. She is completing her PhD on Asian North American and First Nations literatures. Her creative writing has appeared in RicePaper Magazine, Roots Literary Anthology and Fugue. Janey’s video poem “YVR” won People’s Choice in the Vancouver Asian Film Festival’s 2011 Love Letters to Vancouver Contest, and her poems have been set to music by composer Cecilia Livingston as part of the 2012 ArtSongLab, as well as by composer Carrie Magin.

Claudia Li is the Founder of Shark Truth and Co-Founder of the new Hua Foundation, an organization dedicated to bringing together the worlds of cultural heritage and social change with an environmental lens. Claudia has been named an Influential Millennial by Huffington and Top 30 Under 30 by Explore Magazine. Heritage is the heart of Claudia’s drive. She grew up playing mahjong and eating chicken feet. On her spare time, you’ll catch her writing bad poetry and climbing rocks. Find out more about her at

September 14 – Curated by Rain City Chronicles: Jada McDermott, Stephanie Yuen, Suzanne Ma, Maurice Li
September 15 – Curated by Kevin Chong: J.J Lee, Charlie Demers, Madeleine Thien


Charlie Lui: Charlie is an award-winning dizi (Chinese bamboo flute) player. In 2000, he traveled to China to study with dizi virtuoso Mr. Wei-Yu Tan. He has won multiple awards at the Kiwanis Music Competition in Vancouver. In addition to the dizi, Charlie masters a wide range of Chinese wind instruments, including modified chi-ba, xiao, xun, koudi, paixiao, bawu, and hulusi. Charlie is the principal dizi player and general director of the BC Chinese Music Orchestra, the largest Chinese music organization in North America. He is a member of the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra. In 2008, Charlie co-founded Pentatonics with a number of young Chinese instrumentalists to perform a unique repertoire of original and lively renditions of Chinese, fusion and popular music.

Zhimin Yu: Zhimin Yu is a versatile ruan (lute) virtuoso. Yu was a principle player at the prestigious Chinese National Broadcast Orchestra, Beijing, with which toured to numerous countries. Since immigrating to Canada in 1989, she has become one of the most sought Chinese musicians in Vancouver and has performed with the Vancouver Chinese Ensemble, the Silk Road Ensemble, and many other cross cultural projects. Yu is also a gifted composer, actively writing for a wide variety of Chinese and Western ensembles. Yu has single handedly redefined the ruan repertoire, bringing it into the 21st century.

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