We invite you to submit your unpublished work to the theme of “pause” — a reflection of the world as it held its breath for more than two years as the pandemic ubiquitously entered into everyday lexicon. Has the pandemic … more »
Traces from the Li Po poem, “Quiet Night Thoughts,” threaded through my memories and thus, my writing. In trying to recall the childhood poem, I researched Li Po and learned that in 725, he ventured away from his home in … more »
It is human nature to keep on hoping against all odds. It was 1732, and Alexander Pope’s particular expression was coined and over time, it’s become a proverbial phrase unto its own. With confidence that what we expect will happen, … more »
One year ago, TIFF was planning its first-ever modified edition just as a third wave of the pandemic was about to decimate Ontario and much of Canada. Burdened with the sobering morass of reality checks more than six months after … more »
the fruit of a certain tree is
sour, and softly sweet.
it emerges half-made feral
on a bed of rich earth
sugar is a quiet home for bees.
the stoics and the rationalists deny
knowledge from pain, justice from … more »
Enter “cinema is dead” in a search engine and get ready to smile at a list of film personalities who have been declaring the death of cinema with regularity over the decades. While these have largely been purists mourning the … more »
Asian films at the 44th Toronto International Film Festival (5-15 September 2019) are holding steady at less than twenty titles. Although the figure reveals a chronic flatlining of the festival’s Asian programming, as with last year, there’s at least a … more »
Vancouver Asian Film Festival 2018 – Industry Panel – Diversity & Representation in Canadian Film & Television
The past couple of years have been a remarkably better time for Asians in the broader Western media space. A system barring Asians from respectable on-screen roles for decades is now cracking as social, economic, and technological drivers around the … more »
Running 6-16 September 2018, the Toronto International Film Festival’s 43rd edition offers a stunningly diminished number of Asian feature films—the fewest in at least the last several years. Although market vagaries and audience metrics may have conspired toward this … more »