Editorial

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Mixie & the Halfbreeds: Interview with the Playwrights

By Mirae Lee “Asian but not Asian.” Reflecting on their experience living as a mixed race person in Canada, playwright Adrienne Wong and Julie Tamiko Manning collaborates on Mixie & the Halfbreeds, exploring the in-between, shifting territory that any mixed person must navigate. Starting off as a CBC Radio drama which soon became a theatrical production in…

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Mixie & the Halfbreeds: Interview with Vanessa Trenton

By Mirae Lee Belonging is an all too familiar topic in our community, and we constantly find ourselves questioning, struggling, and scrambling with it to not only define where we “fit in,” but also to better understand who we are. Two artists, Adrienne Wong and Julie Tamiko Manning, takes “belonging” further into complication through their…

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Year of the Blog: Introducing the LooseLeaf Blog Team

Happy Lunar New Year! Amazingly, it’s another new year for us at LooseLeaf and Project 40 and I’m excited to talk about one of our newest projects we’ve been working on. Yesterday, we put out the article “Taking Back Tết: My New Year is Not Chinese” written by Linh Nguyen as the inaugural launch of…

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Taking Back Tết: My New Year is Not Chinese

By Linh Nguyen Last Christmas, I was lying on a deck chair beside the pool in Cuba when a man came up and asked me if I was Chinese. “I’m not,” I answered. “What are you then?” he said. The question was certainly nothing new, posed in the same assertive tone that expected an enthusiastic…

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Not A Problem To Be Solved

On Countering the Individualization of Mental Illness through Community Resilience by: Elise Yoon Content warning: suicide, mental illness On December 8, 2017 at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, Hong Fook Mental Health Association hosted a movie screening of Hong Kong-based film, Mad World. The event was a fundraiser for Hong Fook and an opportunity to have…

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

우리 커뮤널 테이블: 우리는 어디에서 왔는가? 에 대해서 Eating together as a way of building community in the Korean Canadian diaspora 캐나다 한인 동포들이 커뮤니티를 만드는 방법 중 하나: 함께 모여 같이 밥 먹는 것 Written by / 지은이 Elise Yoon Translation by / 번역 Euan Hwang There’s an unspoken, familial comfort in being in…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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;…

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[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…

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[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…

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[Review] Mr. Shi and His Lover

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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!”…