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Friday Film Nights in May
Asian Heritage Month 2021

BIPOC CaucusAsian Heritage Month Resources ListFriday Film Nights in May


Due to Covid-19 restrictions, just click on the video links to watch the films at your convenience. Then meet-up via Zoom on Fridays (7-8pm) for a lively discussion.

May 7   — Chinese Cafe in Saskatchewan
May 14 — Chinese Musqueam Stories
May 21 — Ru-Tsu
May 28 — Asian Comedy Night

Everyone welcome from the congregation and the greater community


image of restaurant interior by Karen Tam

Q&A May 7th 7-8pm

  Chinese Restaurants: Episode 12 (26.47 MINS)

A visit to the New Outlook Cafe in Saskatchewan. Producer and director Cheuk Kwan will join us from Toronto for the Q&A.


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Q&A May 14th 7-8pm

Guest Panelists

Howard Grant, Wade Grant and Sarah Ling


Trilogy: Chinese Musqueam Stories

  CBC Gem: All Our Father’s Relations (43:39 MINS)

This film helps to record and revitalize the interconnected histories of Chinese Canadian and First Nations relations along the Fraser River in British Columbia … both peoples supported one another in the face of marginalization and racism … (full synopsis)


  Larry Grant: Intertwining Cultures (11:22 MINS)

  Larry Grant: Not Belonging (11:03 MINS)

Honouring Musqueam elder Larry Grant, his parents and the Grant family history. His mother Agnes Grant was the last fluent-speaker of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language in their community. His father Hong Tim Hing emigrated, in 1920, at the age of 14 from a village in southern China to Vancouver, BC, on the unceded territory of the Musqueam hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking people, where he worked at the Lin On market garden on Musqueam Indian Reserve #2.


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Above: Hand drawn map of the historic Chinese market gardens on Musqueam Reserve #2. The Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club* is located on land immediately east of the former market gardens

*4300 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver BC



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Q&A May 21st 7-8pm

  Ru-tsu (14.02 MINS)

In this CBC Short Doc, David Suzuki’s grandson, documentary film maker and professional snowboarder Tamo Campos searches for his roots across the Pacific. As he snowboards the mountains of Hokkaido, he makes connections with the Ainu, the Indigenous people of Japan. Tamo to join for Q&A


May 28th Asian Comedy Night
Stand-up Comics take potshots at racial stereotypes and much more. They’re so funny you may cry !!

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oin us on the evening of May 28th, 7-8pm, for a lively discussion on comedy and stand-up comics challenging racial stereotypes and racialized identities

Asian Heritage Month Resource List

BIPOC CaucusAsian Heritage Month Resources ListFriday Film Nights in May

A list of resources for Asian Heritage Month suggested by the UCV BIPOC Caucus


UCV Friday Night Films during Asian Heritage Month

Friday Night Films 7-8pm, May 2021

Training workshop

hollaback! Bystander Intervention (free, one hour)

Books and Writers

Recommended by Meena:

Recommended by Cynthia:

  • The Diary of Dukesang Wong: A voice from Gold Mountain, the only known first person account by a Chinese worker on the construction of the CPR. Edited by David McIlwraith, diary translated by granddaughter Wanda Joy Hoe. 2020
  • Bird Tracks in the Air, 2021.By Profs Jan Walls and Yvonne Walls, renowned scholars of Chinese language and literature. The book is composed of the translated poems of revered poet and political reformer Wang Anshi, whose was committed to compassion and social justice ( a comparative study with Unitarian 7 principles). Virtual book launch with both authors

Recommended by Megumi:

Recommended by Glenn:

  • A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry. This is my favourite novel about India and one of my favourite novels by living writers
  • The God of Small Things and My Seditious Heart, Arundhati Roy. The second book is Roy’s recently published collection of nonfiction
  • Imaginary Homelands, Salman Rushdie. Though it is not exclusively about South Asia, I really enjoyed this collection of essays and journals
  • Running in the Family, Michael Ondaatje. This is a memoir about O’s family’s life in Sri Lanka. I found it to contain his most charming writing

Articles

  • Keeping Love Close, The New York Times — Beautiful article and photographs of Asian love in a time of hate. Asian and Asian-American photographers show what love looks like

Video suggestions

Music

Asian Canadian community organizations fighting for social justice and equality

Cultural and Historical societies

Arts and Culture resources

Asian Heritage Month: image of Vietnamese blue dragon

Vietnamese Blue Dragon by Goran tek-en
CC By SA 4.0

Eulogy for Ancient Trees

Demand the BC government meet its promise to implement a new approach to forest management

ancient tree clearcut in the caycuse waterhed

Above: Before and after the clearcut in the Caycuse watershed. The clearcut is part of a cutblock located in Tree Farm Licence 46, held by the Teal-Jones Group.
Photo Credit: All photos in this story are by TJ Watt

In May 2019, Andrea Inness from the Ancient Forest Alliance spoke at the First Sunday Forum. She talked about the critical importance of legislation to protect BC’s remaining ancient forests.

The Enviro Team followed up with a letter writing campaign to save our ancient trees, urging the BC Forests Minister to work with First Nations to implement a science-based Old-Growth Protection Act.

Nearly two years later, we bring an update from the frontlines of BC’s ancient forests.

  1. In July 2019, the BC government appointed a two-person panel to lead an Old Growth Strategic Review.
  2. In November 2019 and April, 2020, photographer TJ Watt visited the Caycuse watershed near Cowichan Lake, in Ditidaht territory, to document the loss of a grove of ancient red cedars to clearcut logging.
  3. On Sept 11, 2020, the BC government announced a “new approach” to ancient forests and stated it would defer old-growth harvesting in “nine areas of the province totaling 352,739 hectares as a first step.”
  4. On March 11, 2021, three environmental NGOs issued a progress report stating, to date, the government has only deferred about 3,800 hectares — less than 1% of the most at-risk old-growth forests.
  5. Meanwhile, Teal-Jones Group is seeking a court injunction to end the seven-month blockade by activists in the Fairy Creek watershed on traditional Pacheedaht territory. Fairy Creek is one of the last intact old-growth valleys on southern Vancouver Island.

before and after photos of clearcut of ancient trees in caycuse watershed

Above: Before and after the clearcut in the Caycuse watershed

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Playlist: All My Relations


All My Relations, Religious Naturalism and The Heart of a Faith for the 21st Century


UCV Podcasts

All My Relations

Speakers

all my relations: photo of Aline Laflamme

Aline LaFlamme
Her name means the light (Aline) and the flame (LaFlamme.) She also carries the name Many Buffalo Running. Aline is a grandmother and Metis from Alberta. Among her many gifts she leads a drumming circle called Daughters of the Drum

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Martha Saunders
joined UCV in the fall of 2018. She taught religious studies and women’s studies for many years at Concordia University, Montreal, and at the University of Toronto, specializing in religious and environmental ethics

all my relations: photo of Reverend Doctor Steven Epperson

Rev. Dr. Steven Epperson
was parish minister of the Unitarian Church of Vancouver for 19 years, retiring in 2020. Prior to entering professional ministry, Steven worked as a university professor in the history of religions, and as a museum curator

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All My Relations
by Aline LaFlamme
April 17, 2019


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Living Within the Interdependent Web
by Martha Saunders
August 4, 2019


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Religious Naturalism
by Rev. Steven Epperson
March 24, 2019


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Religious Naturalism — Take Two
by Rev. Steven Epperson
April 14, 2019

I am Atl’ka7tsem Howe Sound

Whales, and the Revolution They Inspired to Protect Átl’ka7tsem / Howe Sound

For your viewing enjoyment. A beautiful video by Bob Turner — documentary film maker and former mayor of Bowen Island.

The video was featured on the Action EveningWhales, and the Revolution They Inspired to Protect Átl’ka7tsem / Howe Sound.

Finding Our Story Within EcoSpirituality

finding our story within eco-spirituality: photo of Reverend Lara Cowtan

Roots and Wings
Finding Our Story Within
Eco-Spirituality

Presentation by Rev Lara Cowtan at the
UUE EcoSpirituality Conference in Prague,
September 15th, 2018
Čapek Hall, Anenská 5, Prague 1 (Old Town)

Ecology and Spirituality
A Vision for Unitarianism and Unitarian Universalism
in the 21st Century!

Our spiritual response to the environmental crisis can bring us to understand ourselves as part of the divine wholeness of the natural world, finding our self intertwined with the web of life in a way that enriches all life

Old City in Prague

eco-spirituality: photo of old city of Prague

eco-spirituality: photo of Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Jake’s avatar and Neytiri

eco-spirituality: photo of Robin Wall Kimmerer

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Robin Wall Kimmerer

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David Suzuki

Playlist: Rethinking Reconciliation


UCV Podcasts on Unitarianism and Indigenous People

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A fundamental rethink is needed to save Canada’s reconciliation project from being an on-going massive failure. — Bruce McIvor

UCV Podcasts

Rethinking Reconciliation

* The Podcasts in this Playlist were sponsored by the Reconciliation Working Group (a sub-committee of the Social Justice Committee.) This illustrates how issues embraced by different Committees at UCV are interconnected. Certainly, reconciliation cannot be separated from land title, land protection and water protection.

Speakers

Bruce McIvor
is a proud Métis from the Red River in Manitoba. He holds a law degree, a doctorate in Aboriginal and environmental history, is a Fulbright Scholar and adjunct professor at the UBC Allard School of Law

Cole Harris
is a Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia and an internationally renowned historical geographer. His academic field is colonialism and the native land question in British Columbia, and patterns of early Canadian settlement

Aline LaFlamme
Her name means the light (Aline) and the flame (LaFlamme.) She also carries the name Many Buffalo Running. Aline is a grandmother and Metis from Alberta. Among her many gifts she leads a drumming circle called Daughters of the Drum

Nan Gregory
is a professional storyteller, artist and award-winning author. Born in Boston Massachusetts, she grew up in Victoria British Columbia, and now makes her home in Vancouver. Nan pleaded guilty to criminal contempt for protesting TMX

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Bruce McIvor

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Aline LaFlamme

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Nan Gregory

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Cole Harris


Wild Salmon Rallies and Street Theatre — Sept 2020

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wild salmon rally outside the offices of the DFO

Above: Rally and street theatre outside the offices of the DFO in downtown Vancouver calling for an end to fish farms in the Discovery Islands

From the constituency office of Liberal MP Terry Beech, to a Wild Salmon Die-in outside the DFO, the Wild Salmon Action Team joined a call by one hundred and one BC First Nations to remove fish farms in the Discovery Islands

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Forest Walk – September 2020

Pacific Spirit Park, Sept 12, 2020 | The haze in this photo is not a typical West Coast mist or fog in early Fall, but rather smoke from forest fires burning in Washington State, while California is experiencing its worst forest fire season ever, reminding us of the looming climate crisis and the need for climate action.

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