March 28, 2015

Storytelling by Ira Glass

Aninspiring rendition of piece about Ira Glass created by David Shiyang Liu. Listen closely to Ira Glass' voice, and tell yourself that you are the only person who is constantly disappointed about the gap between your taste and your skills.   For anyone who is in doubt about his or her creative career.
"Glass' message isn't only limited to the creative industry. It can be applied to everyone who starts out in a new environment and is willing to improve."

March 8, 2015

A Chinese Immigrant's Journey From the Far East to the Faraway West

The work of award-winning journalist Suzanne Ma has appeared in numerous publications including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, the Associated Press, The Huffington Post, and Salon, among others.  Meet Me in Venice is Ma's first book.

When Ye Pei dreamed of Venice as a girl, she imagined a magical floating city of canals and gondola rides. And she imagined her mother, successful in her new life and eager to embrace the daughter she had never forgotten. But when Ye Pei arrives in Italy, she learns her mother works on a farm far from the city. Her only connection, a mean-spirited Chinese auntie, puts Ye Pei to work in a small-town café. Rather than giving up and returning to China, a determined Ye Pei takes on a grueling schedule, resolving to save enough money to provide her family with a better future.

A groundbreaking work of journalism, Meet Me in Venice provides a personal, intimate account of Chinese individuals in the very act of migration. Suzanne Ma spent years in China and Europe to understand why Chinese people choose to immigrate to nations where they endure hardship, suspicion, manual labor and separation from their loved ones. Today all eyes are on China and its explosive economic growth. With the rise of the Chinese middle class, Chinese communities around the world are growing in size and prosperity, a development many westerners find unsettling, and even threatening. Following Ye Pei’s undaunted path, this inspiring book is an engrossing read for those eager to understand contemporary China and the enormous impact of Chinese emigrants around the world.

On March 9, 2015, 2pm, at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, celebrate the launch of "Meet Me in Venice" by Suzanne Ma. The book was a five year project, where Suzanne followed Chinese immigrant workers from China to Italy. It's truly a fascinating story about a rather untouched subject. 

February 11, 2015

Ricepaper in time for Valentine's

The First Issue of Vol. 20

... is on its way to the press!

This new issue will feature an illustrated profile of Michael Cho; stories by Aaron Chan and Naoko Kumagai; poetry by Elaine Woo, Changming Yuan and Evelyn Lau; illustration by Jeff Chiba Stearns; a profile of Governor General Award Winner and Canada Reads 2015 finalist Kim Thuy; and much much more.  
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January 16, 2015

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