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May 2019

  • Thursday, May 30th Asian Heritage Month Festival 2019

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    Thursday, May 30, 20191:00PM - 2:00PMToronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.; Metro Hall Rotunda, 55 John St.
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    Opening Ceremony with Special Presentations & Launch of Asian Canadian Artists in Digital Age Workshops

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    @ City Hall Rotunda & City Hall Library (100 Queen St. W.)
    SUNDAY, APRIL 21 | 2-6 PM

    Mr. Justin Poy | “What’s happening in the world of film in China, and its opportunities for Canada”?”

    Over the last two decades we have seen China develop into a blockbuster machine. Yet, Chinese films rarely get much international attention. Is it an intentional snub? Or are Chinese films not made for the international market? Was “Wolf Warrior 2” actually a good action flick? Or was it good considering it came from China? With recent big budget flops like “Asura” (backed in part by Alibaba’s Jack Ma), that cost $122MM USD to make yet only brought in $7.1MM before it was yanked from theatres, to cross over movies like “The Great Wall” starring leading man, Matt Damon, that garnered a dismal audience and reviews — what is actually happening that has made “Chinawood” rethink their movie production formula? How can Canada optimize this opportunity, and what are the implications for Toronto, Hollywood North?

    Mr. Stephen Siu | “Jews in Shanghai — Revisited and Parallels to Canada”

    Stephen is the producer of the “Jews in Shanghai” project in Toronto and a researcher on that period of history who has met with Dr Ho Feng Shan’s daughter Manli Ho in both Winnipeg and Toronto, and interviewed the head of the Jewish Studies Centre in Shanghai. Dr Ho was the Chinese Consul General to Vienna from 1938 to 1940, and he was called “Chinese Schindler” because he saved thousands of Jews. How will this talk rekindle memories of the Holocaust, and in what ways Toronto is serving similar roles as Shanghai in addressing multiculturalism and providing asylum?

    SUNDAY, APRIL 21 – THURSDAY, APRIL 25
    Art & Photo Exhibitions at City Hall Rotunda

    THURSDAY, MAY 16 – THURSDAY, MAY 30
    Art & Photo Exhibitions at City Hall Library

    THURSDAY, MAY 30 | 1-2 PM
    Professor Chef Leo Chan’s Presentation at City Hall Library
    “Chinese festivals and Foods” | City Hall Library will focus on the Dragon Boat Festival

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    @ Metro Hall Rotunda (55 John St.)
    MONDAY, MAY 13 – SUNDAY, MAY 19
    Asian Heritage Month Art & Photo Exhibitions at Metro Hall Rotunda

    Co-Sponsors

    Asian Heritage Month - Canadian Foundation for Asian Culture (Central Ontario) Inc.

    Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

    Canada Council for the Arts

    Cambridge Food & Wine Society

    Chinese Canadian Photography Society of Toronto

    Department of Canadian Heritage and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Government of Canada

    Richard Charles Lee Canada - Hong Kong Library

    Social Services Network

    The Justin Poy Agency

    York Centre for Asian Research, York University

    WE Artists' Group


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June 2019

  • Tuesday, June 4th RIZAL: THE HERO AS TRAVELLER

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    Tuesday, June 4, 20194:00PM - 6:00PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, 1 Devonshire Place
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    While the words travel and tourism are often used interchangeably, there is a difference between the two: a tourist travels for leisure, he dips into a foreign culture but remains largely unchanged while a traveller aims for experience as a means of understanding himself in the context of the foreign. Every Filipino child knows that Rizal travelled a great deal when air travel was but a figment of the imagination, but what is not emphasized is how Rizal was formed by his exposure to other lands, peoples, and cultures. It is not well known that Rizal travelled to America, travelling by land from San Francisco to New York to catch a voyage to London. Looking back on Rizal’s travels helps us understand the hero, ourselves, and the emergence of the Filipino nation.

    José Rizal, in full José Protasio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda, was born on June 19, 1861 in Calamba, Philippines and died on December 30, 1896 in Manila. Jose Rizal, the Philippine National Hero was a man of gifts: a multilingual writer, poet, artist, scholar, and physician, as well as a leading figure in a movement that called for basic reforms and civil liberties in the Spanish overseas colony.

    AMBETH R. OCAMPO is a public historian whose research covers the late 19th century Philippines: its art, culture, and the people who figure in the birth of the nation.

    Prof. Ocampo is Associate Professor and former Chairman of the Department of History, Ateneo de Manila University. He served as Chairman, National Commission for Culture and the Arts (2005-2007) and Chairman, National Historical Commission of the Philippines (2002-2011), and President of the Philippine Historical Association.

    Prof. Ocampo has published over 30 books, writes a widely read Editorial Page column for the Philippines Daily Inquirer, and moderates a growing Instagram and Facebook Fan Page.

    Reception to follow


    Speakers

    Dr. Ambeth Ocampo
    Speaker
    Associate Professor, Department of History, Ateneo de Manila University 

    Nhung Tran
    Chair
    Director, Centre for Southeast Asian Studies; Professor, Department of History, University of Toronto 


    Sponsors

    Consulate General of the Philippines, Toronto

    Centre for Southeast Asian Studies

    National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA)

    Sentro Rizal Toronto


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  • Saturday, June 8th Tong Lam: Moving Images, Moving People

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    Saturday, June 8, 201911:00AM - 6:00PMBachir/Yerex Presentation Space, 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 450A
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    Presented by the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival in partnership with Vtape. Supported by the University of Manitoba, the University of Toronto, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

    Tong Lam’s series meticulously documents contemporary China’s outdoor film phenomena, where films are sometimes screened next to dancing people and even animals, and where propaganda films have to compete with images of conspicuous consumption. In addition to showing the diversity of people and places in a rapidly changing nation, Lam’s work also invites viewers to consider an increasingly complex global media environment overrun with commercials, misinformation, and media spectacle.

    Curated by Tina Chen (Head, Department of History, Unviersity of Manitoba)

    Sponsors

    Asian Institute

    Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada

    University of Manitoba


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  • Monday, June 10th London Fog: The Politics and Culture of Air Pollution in 19th- and 20th-century Britain

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    Monday, June 10, 201911:00AM - 12:30PMBloor - 1st floor Boardroom/Round Room/Library, 315 Bloor Street West
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    London Fog: The Politics and Culture of Air Pollution in 19th- and 20th-century Britain

    The thick, yellow ‘pea-souper’ fogs associated with London from the early 19th century to the mid-20th began as sulphur emissions from coal fires and factories mingled with naturally occurring mists as London started to expand in the course of the industrial revolution. Novelists such as Dickens, Conrad, Stephenson, James, Conan Doyle, and, later on, Eliot and Selvon used it to great effect in their work. Artists including Whistler and Monet came to London to capture its atmospheric effects on canvas. As the effects of this air pollution on health became clear, the need to limit it became more urgent until the Clean Air Acts finally eliminated it in the 1950s.

    In this lecture, Christine L Corton explores the cultural processing of London fog and explains why it took so long to bring it under control.

    Dr Corton is a cultural historian of modern Britain. She is a Senior Member of Wolfson College, Cambridge and the founder of the Cambridge branch of the Dickens Fellowship. She has spoken at literary festivals across the world, from Hay to Jaipur. Her book, London Fog: The Biography, was published in 2015 by Harvard University Press to widespread acclaim and has recently been translated into Chinese. She is currently writing a cultural history of divorce in modern Britain.

     


    Speakers

    Christine L Corton
    Wolfson College, Cambridge



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  • Monday, June 10th Eric Hobsbawm: A Life in History

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    Monday, June 10, 20192:00PM - 3:30PMBloor - 1st floor Boardroom/Round Room/Library, 315 Bloor Street West
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    Eric Hobsbawm: A Life in History

    By the time of his death in 2012, Eric Hobsbawm was the most widely read historian in the world. His books were translated into over 50 languages. They sold a million copies in Brazil alone.

    His influence on the discipline of history was immense. But he was not just a writer: he was also present at some of the key moments of twentieth-century history, from the Nazi seizure of power in Berlin and the election of the Popular Front in France to the crisis of international communism in 1956 and the rise of New Labour in Britain in the 1980s. In this lecture, drawing on his recently published biography, Richard J Evans explores Eric Hobsbawm’s life and deals with some of the controversies it has aroused.

    Richard J. Evans is Provost of Gresham College, London, and Regius Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of numerous books on modern German and European history, including The Coming of the Third Reich, The Third Reich in Power and The Third Reich at War. He was the principal expert witness in the libel action brought against Deborah Lipstadt in 2000, recently the subject of the movie, Denial.


    Speakers

    Richard J. Evans
    Speaker
    Gresham College and University of Cambridge

    James Retallack
    Chair
    University of Toronto



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