Editorial

img-http://looseleafmagazine.ca/wp-content/uploads/DSC04595-400x250.jpg

Reflections on Woori Maum Communal Table Session 1: Where are we from?

Eating together as a way of building community in the Korean Canadian diaspora Reflections on Woori Maum Communal Table Session 1: Where are we from? Written by Elise Yoon   There’s an unspoken, familial comfort in being in a room that smells of japchae. This was the case on Saturday October 21, in a room…

img-http://looseleafmagazine.ca/wp-content/uploads/Review-Jesus-Is-Dead-400x250.jpg

REEL ASIAN Film Review: Jesus is dead/Patay na si Hesus

Director: Victor Villanueva, Philippines 2016 Philippines, 2016 / Rated 14A / 90:00 / Tagalog, Bisaya with English subtitles / Canadian Premiere at Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival Jesus is dead is a film about a family’s journey to bury an ex-husband and father. Iyay (Jaclyn Jose) assembles her children: Jude (Chai Fonacier), Jay (Melde…

img-http://looseleafmagazine.ca/wp-content/uploads/for-LL-DSCF1836-400x250.jpg

Fringe Review: In Sundry Languages

Cover Photo by Henry Heng Lu By Grace Phan The stage in Theatre Passe Muraille’s Mainspace is bare aside from a simple tripod, camera, and flat screen T.V. setup stage right. A little upstage of the camera sits a piano and mic. The murmurs of excitement from the audience on opening night tickle your ears, the…

img-http://looseleafmagazine.ca/wp-content/uploads/WentingLi-SpringMoon-e1493605348298-400x250.jpg

From the Heaviness of Life to the Lightness of Death: A Review of Diana Tso’s Spring Moon

Header image courtesy of Wenting Li By Wilma Lee Following a piano piece interwoven in major and melodic minor arrangements, seven women sing a Chinese folksong. Three grandmothers and their granddaughters: the Song, Lee and Chan families gather together to perform an annual Chinese ritual — Ching Ming Festival — with three bowls, three sets…

img-http://looseleafmagazine.ca/wp-content/uploads/Spring-Moon-Rehearsals-10-by-Yuli-Scheidt-400x250.jpg

From Age to Age: Spring Moon

Header photo courtesy of Yuli Scheidt By Jasmine Gui In a culture where youth is prized, and the elderly are most often forgotten, Spring Moon not only dramatizes stories of Chinese seniors, but casts Chinese seniors to tell them as well. Presented by the Mixed Company Theatre as part of The InterGEN Project, written by Diana Tso…

img-http://looseleafmagazine.ca/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2017-03-11-at-1.22.24-AM-400x250.png

From Stage to Screen: Revisiting Kim’s Convenience

by Elise Yoon published in LooseLeaf Volume 3 In 2011, I was a volunteer for the Toronto Fringe Festival and was scheduled for a shift at Randolph Theatre. The line-up started hours before the show and stretched around the corner and down Bathurst Street. At the time I hadn’t read the reviews of Kim’s Convenience;…

img-http://looseleafmagazine.ca/wp-content/uploads/Bria-McLaughlin-and-Michelle-Chiu-resized-400x250.jpg

[Feature] Creating Complicity: Swan by Aaron Jan

by Jasmine Gui SPOILER ALERT: The following feature contains spoilers relating to the play.    As the lights dim, the sound of an unidentified female voice narrating draws us into the world of ‘Swan’. This encounter is also a confession. The distinct clarity of a single voice that draws us in is, however, gradually replaced…

img-http://looseleafmagazine.ca/wp-content/uploads/Swan-Birds-from-Swan-by-Aaron-Jan-400x250.jpg

[Review] Swan by Aaron Jan

By Grace Phan   Coming into Theatre Passe Muraille’s intimate backspace, the ambiance is already gently eerie. The ambient sounds underscore the conversations around you and, as soon as those lights go down, you’re taken on an intense ride from start to finish. Interweaving descriptive narration and dialogue keep you on the edge of your…

img-http://looseleafmagazine.ca/wp-content/uploads/IMG_3239-1-e1470839669317-400x250.jpg

[Review] Mr. Shi and His Lover

                                                                                                             …

img-http://looseleafmagazine.ca/wp-content/uploads/graphic-revocation-e1454178103797-400x250.jpg

Bill C-24 Is Not The Beginning

By Elliott Jun A week ago, I found myself catching up with an old friend. After a meal of questionable nutrition and exhausting the classic conversational topics of “What do you plan on doing?” while suppressing my internal screams of “I DON’T KNOW WHERE I’M GOING WITH MY LIFE. I JUST GRADUATED, LET ME BREATHE!”…