The TDot Experiment*: Day Fifty-Five

< Next | Previous > I recently learned Big Uncle and Second Uncle (my mother’s brothers) are working on the family tree and some documents have been circulating between them. Although I attended a one-night Chinese geneology seminar at the VPL over the summer, I have no idea what Chinese family tree and history documents are…

Introducing… Rice Dumpling Mascots

I paused for a long time outside the T&T Supermarket entrance taking in the super-cute kawaii poster of something resembling a mushroom soldier with a big green cap surrounded by mini soldiers in different national dress. To celebrate Dragon Boat Festival 2010 (June 16), T&T created 12 flavours of 糭子(simplified: 粽子; English/Pinyin: zhong zi), glutinous…

C-M Transition

Have I told you yet about that funny, funny episode when I endeavoured to formally learn Mandarin a few years ago? Vancouver, being the special city it is, commonly offers two flavours of introductory Mandarin classes. The first is that class where on day one, you learn basics like sounding out “bo po mo fo” and…

Does Vancouver need an Asian Film Festival?

I am hoping that the title of this post binds me to publishing this entry this year… it could very easily languish in my Drafts like many other well-intentioned blog posts. Afterall, the Vancouver Asian Film Festival starts today…. Today, we’re going back to that comment made by our New York host that was just…

VAFF This Year

Each year, the “release” of the VAFF (Vancouver Asian Film Festival) schedule is like mini-Christmas to me as I peruse the highly manageable list of films screening over the four-day festival. Each year, I identify at least two films I want to watch and for the past two years, I have managed to watch none…

Currently reading: Lipstick Jungle

I know how to pick ’em. Cancelled shows, that is. I’ve picked several losers in the past few years to start watching only to see them get canceled shortly after. Meanwhile, NPY’s picked star shows like Heroes, Lost, and So You Think You Can Dance (maybe the reality show doesn’t count). I’ve picked the likes…

So You Think You Can Dance Canada – Season 2

Just in case we are not aware of it, Angry Asian Man takes it upon himself to alert you to the Asian contestants in some reality shows even when it is apparent he does not watch them himself (SYTYCD s05, SYTYCD s04). It’s always interesting to me to note when there is an under- or…

Da Lang Dinner at Neptune Wonton Noodles

There’s a style of Cantonese dining that I have never heard of taking place at the places I go to. Su told us about da lang and recommended Neptune Wonton Noodles in Richmond since we were passing through on our way home from a day trip to the States. If one of us should not…

Crossing Culture Lines

I wanted to add my thoughts to the lackluster, non-existent debate* swirling around the July 16 episode of “So You Think You Can Dance” when ten dancers remained: five guys and five girls. The night before, to show off their talents in smaller groups, the girls performed a group number together and the guys did…

North American Chinatown

Sometimes I feel like I do not need to live in Vancouver to “keep in touch with my culture”; except for the personal touch of being in a city that is about 15% Chinese, a lot of my daily fix comes through the Internet and other widely available resources. With the magic of RSS feeds piped…