FO­CUS IN­CREASES ON REP­RE­SENT-ASIAN

The Georgia Straight - - Movies -

If you hadn’t al­ready no­ticed, is­sues around Asian rep­re­sen­ta­tion have been in the spot­light of late, thanks to the suc­cess of Hol­ly­wood rom­com (and there’s a se­quel in the works, to boot). How­ever, a num­ber of TV se­ries that broke through into the main­stream pre­ceded its re­lease, such as and, on this side of the bor­der, the CBC sit­com

about a Kore­an­cana­dian fam­ily that runs a con­ve­nience store in Toronto.

Sea­son 3 of the se­ries will air in the 2019 win­ter sea­son, and pro­duc­tion on Sea­son 4 was green-lit back in May.

One of the show’s cast mem­bers, Simu Liu, who plays Jung, will be ap­pear­ing at an event held by the UBC Asian Cana­dian and Asian Mi­gra­tion Stud­ies pro­gram. Liu, a for­mer ac­coun­tant who has also had roles on the TV se­ries and

will talk about di­ver­sity and rep­re­sen­ta­tion on-screen.

The event, en­ti­tled Asian Cana­dian Rep­re­sen­ta­tion and Me­dia: Pub­lic Q&A With Simu Liu, is part of a year­long cel­e­bra­tion of the univer­sity pro­gram’s fifth an­niver­sary and is also re­lated to a new course in the pro­gram, ACAM 250: The Idea of “Asian Cana­dian” in Pop­u­lar Cul­ture, taught by pro­fes­sor John Paul (JP) Catun­gal. This free event (which re­quires reg­is­tra­tion due to lim­ited seat­ing ca­pac­ity) will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Septem­ber 27 at the Ross Beaty Lec­ture Theatre (Room 1013) in the UBC Earth Sciences Build­ing (2207 Main Mall, UBC). To reg­is­ter, visit

Crazy Rich Asians Fresh Off the Boat Kim’s Con­ve­nience, Wa­ter, Taken Blood and

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