Image from the S.W.A.P. team website
S.W.A.P. team is organizing one of its biggest swaps yet in Montreal, “Take Off Your Clothes” on July 9th & 10th at the Grand Foyer of Place-des-Arts. Swapping’s great for many reasons:
a) it reduces landfill
b) it saves you money
c) it’s more ethical than shopping at most retailers
Admission is $10 – the tickets for the first session on July 9th are already sold out, but you can still buy tickets for the session on the 10th.
OR even better, you can join as a volunteer, give a few hours of your time setting up the swap or greeting people, and swap for free. Many volunteers are still needed for the second swap day on the 10th. To find out more about volunteering, you can join the S.W.A.P. team’s Google Group page (the bulletin board on volunteering specifically is here).
I’ll be volunteering and swapping on July 9th, and am excited to be there. Hope to see you there too!
Posted by RK on June 28, 2011
[this post originally appeared in Schema Magazine]
Asian identities have been receiving some spotlight recently – from Amy Chua’s Tiger Moms to former UCLA student Alexandra Wallace complaining about the “Asians in the Library.”
As Asian Canadians, we now have the chance to express our thoughts and criticisms. The Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter (CCNCTO) is hosting its first essay/video contest, “Who’s ‘Asian?’” and would like to pose the question to Asian Canadians everywhere:
How have Asians been portrayed in the media, and how does this affect your conception of what it means to be Asian in Canada?
CCNCTO is accepting submissions in 3 categories:
- Chinese (Written, Simplified/Traditional)
Video submissions must be 5 minutes or less. Written submissions must be 1,000 words in English or less, or 2,500 Chinese characters or less.
Prizes for the contest include cash ($300), passes to the 2011 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, and more. The best English essays will also be featured on the Ricepaper magazine website and/or
For more information on the contest, please visit the CCNCTO’s website.
[image from CCNCTO]
Posted by RK on May 12, 2011
A few weeks ago, I got a chance to interview the very talented (and McGill’s own) Holly Luhning, whose first novel Quiver (HarperCollins) received rave reviews from The National Post. Today, I’m excited to announce that three lucky readers can win copies of Luhning’s novel through a giveaway I’m hosting with Kickaction.ca.
To celebrate the fourth installment of the blogging carnival (which will kick off on March 8, International Women’s Day – more information on the carnival here), Kickaction giving away three copies of Quiver.
To enter the contest, all you need to do is:
a) “like” the Kickaction Fan page on Facebook
b) leave a comment on the Kickaction Fanpage wall answering the question: why do you think feminist blogs are important?
The deadline to enter the contest if midnight (eastern time) on March 20th. A winner will be drawn at random on March 21.
Enter and tell us why feminist blogging matters!
Posted by RK on March 3, 2011
[originally posted on Schema Magazine]
Are you an aspiring filmmaker with a story to tell about an Asian-Canadian experience? Do you want to gain exposure and screen your film to a room full of enthusiastic audience members? Now is your chance to realize that dream with Ciné-Asie’s National Video Portrait Contest.
If selected, you could win prizes from various companies, including a $1000-value service from Groupe Intervention Video for young Asian and Canadian women.
This contest is part of the organization’s inaugural AmerAsia Film Festival in Montreal, which will feature short and feature-length films with Asian content or theme by Asian and Canadian filmmakers.
Films should be between 30 seconds to 5 minutes in length, in video format. Each submission should be accompanied by the submission form. This contest is open to permanent Canadian residents and citizens of any age. Submission deadline is February 10th. For more information on where to submit, please go to the contest’s submission call webpage.
Ciné-Asie is a non-profit organization based in Montreal, with the aim to facilitate cultural exchange between Asia and Canada through film. Its sister company is Ciné-Asie Creatives, a film company specializing in co-production sales, and distribution of Asian films in Canada. For more information on both organizations, please visit cineasie.ca.
Posted by RK on January 20, 2011
[this post was originally posted on the invazn]
A bit of self-promotion here – but the invazn was featured on Kingston’s independent radio station CFRC’s “The Massive,” a program dedicated to anti-racism/anti-oppression issues, news, and underground music. One of the DJs hosting the show is a good friend, and she approached me after reading my piece “does it get better?”, and asked me if she could read it on the show. Of course, I said yes.
To access the clip, type in “2010/12/20″ and “1900″ in the time slot, on the CFRC Archives page.
My piece “does it get better (for women of colour)?” gets read out loud at 24:05 minutes. The rest of the program is great too, with other great spoken word clips on living as a woman of colour, and of course, awesome political music. Thanks again, The Massive! It was such an honour to hear my piece read out loud, and hear personal reactions to it.
Posted by RK on January 9, 2011
One of the articles that’s getting a lot of attention on the internet right now is Lisa Lee’s piece, “Seeking the Perfect Body,” in Hyphen magazine. In it, she describes her struggle with her body that led her to extreme actions like weight loss camp in Taiwan. It resonated with me on many levels, though my relationship with my body or food has not been as extreme or dramatic as Lee’s.
I don’t want to fall into the “things are so much better in North America than [other places]” mindset because I don’t think it’s simple as that. I fell into the trap of thinking this when I was facing a lot of body scrutiny in Korea – but I know it’s not as simple as that. The two places have different sets of expectations for how a body must look, and women suffer from unreal expectations everywhere.
Even though I’m attuned to the hypocrisy and the unreal expectation placed upon women’s bodies, I’m not immune to it. The first thing my mother said to me when she saw me at home this holiday season was: “you’ve lost a lot of weight!” with obvious pleasure in her voice, and I couldn’t help but feel proud too. Even though the weight loss happened as an aftermath rather than an intent (I had begun exercising regularly to bring my blood pressure down, as instructed by the doctor), I also couldn’t help but become obsessed with the scale once I started weighing myself again (yes, I broke my promise) at the gym. Why do I do this, even though I can logically explain these are just numbers?
I also like wearing dresses and skirts, and buying a lot of them. Of course, I can say that I dress for myself, and that is partly true. But we’re never completely “dressing for ourselves” (if that were the case, I would live in an extra large t-shirt and sweatpants everyday). I know that a high-waisted pencil skirt makes me look slightly taller (or at least minimizes my torso) and accentuates my curves. And I like to accentuate my curves because I like to be noticed for them. It feels hypocritical for me to admit this as someone who identifies first and foremostly as a feminist. But I do.
So where do we draw the line? So what if I like dressing to fulfill the “feminine” stereotype if that makes me feel more confident and ultimately helps me to achieve what I want in life? I don’t think it’s possible to have a “perfect” relationship with one’s body. But it’s feasible to strive for a better relationship with one’s body than before.
I say this, as someone contemplating introducing style elements to my blog – how my relationship to clothes have changed since I finished school, since I’ve started to like my body a lot better than when I saw it as too short and too round. I’ve been terrified of admitting this to the public because I thought it somehow went against everything I believed in. But I realize that living in this world means sometimes having seemingly contradictory desires, and exploring those contradictions (with possible hope for reconciling them in some fashion) is more productive than repressing them. So here is my announcement of a new “style” of this blog. Wish me luck.
[Image via weheartit.com]
Posted by RK on January 6, 2011
When I first started this blog, I intended this to be the one place where I would keep my online appearances together. Clearly, things went a little bit differently than I imagined, as I announce yet another expansion of my online contribution today. “Women In Art” is a weekly Q&A with emerging women artists I will be doing for Kickaction.ca, a site for young feminists (by the great Girls Action Foundation). Kicking off the series is the fabulous and intelligent Adèle Barclay, a great poet, kickass grad student and an old friend from my Kingston days. She muses about her poetic beginnings, other lady poets who inspire her, and advice for other aspiring poets. I’m still adjusting to using the Kickaction.ca system, so don’t be alarmed by the rather large photo of Adèle and the occasional formatting errors – I’m taking care of them! WordPress sure has spoiled me…
If you’re a female artist (this means creating words/fine or performance art/film/photography) under 30 and want to be featured in the series, please contact me at rosel [dot] kim [at] gmail [dot] com.
Posted by RK on November 2, 2010
Dear internet world in Toronto,
do you like Margaret Cho? Do you want to win two free tickets to see her at Massey Hall this Friday evening? In collaboration with Schema Magazine, I’m giving away two tickets to her Toronto part of the Cho Dependent tour. The details for the giveaway are here – all you have to do is leave a comment on the post or retweet the contest details to your twitter feed. Enter away for a chance to see a great Asian-American comedic gem!
Posted by RK on October 20, 2010