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Asian Film Salon "The Good Earth"

  • Dec 20, 2013 · 6:00 PM
  • This location is shown only to members

Welcome to the 'East West Connection. OIC's Monthly Asian film and discussion salon. This film is in English. It has notable insights into the deeper roots of historic Chinese culture. The book that this film came from , as well as the film are classics.  Though initially done in 1937, the film was redone for DVD in 2006. The author Pearl Buck won the Nobel Prize for literature for this book.

Here are links on the classic film;

New Asians to Canada are our very special guests, even if they feel their English is struggling. We want you to teach us about your cultures.

Cost: Salon Formats are very informal and free. 

Popcorn and tea provided.

OIC events highly encourage all to contribute in some way. 

Food: People are encouraged but not required to bring something

Hungry and unprepared?  No problem. People often order pizza and share the cost.

Students and those on serious budgets  may contribute in the setup, cleanup, or tech support.

Location: Sunnyside between Bank Street and Bronson in a permanent location near Carlton University in the heart of Ottawa South. 

When:The third Friday  of every month, at 6pm. 

Though the focus is now on China, but we want to honor all the Asians in this salon. 

Future Films & Talks  will  be focused on other countries in Asia such as Korea, Indonesia, Japan, Vietnamese, Thailand, and Burma. In most cases, our films will have English subtitles.  

Link on the best Asian films;

An appeal for help. OIC needs leaders to contribute a small amount of time.  We are all busy. The ideal would be to find leaders  from nearby Carleton or Ottawa University to help with tech support, choosing films, and passing the word.

Why this salon is important? 

Asia and most specifically China are becoming very relevant to our ever changing world.  I believe it is in Canada's best interest to understand the great history of this ancient culture. It is very easy to focus on China through a very negative political paradigm, and completely miss the fact that the new generation of Chinese leaders are very educated and international. Many are doing their very best to deal with those within their societies that are marginalized or even persecuted. They are dealing with a complexity of issues including large gaps between the growing wealthy class and the rural poor. It is very easy for westerners to point the finger out of ignorance, while having no idea of the issues and complexity of the contemporary Chinese Empire. 

Most importantly, China and Asia are complex, and political realities differ depending on who you are and where you live. Some of these cultures are very possibly the oldest civilizations in the world. For example, China has risen and fallen many times and in varying forms throughout their 5000 year history. While OIC is focusing on China for now, as leaders come forward with ideas, we will include films and speakers from Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Burma,  and South Asia and  India in  future salons.

The following Chinese films have been suggested for our next event;

 "Let the Bullets Fly"

The NAC will be having the Shen Yun Chinese Dance Troupe in the beginning of the coming year. I saw them at the Kennedy Center. Well worth it.


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  • Alex

    Nice meeting everyone and thanks to Tony for organize the event!

    December 21, 2013

  • Kaled

    Thank you Tony for bringing amazing people together. The film was great and our conversation was wonderful.

    December 21, 2013

  • Kaled

    Hello friends, Is there anyone driving through downtown to the meet up? I need a ride please :)

    I am in Elgin and Nepean St. in front of Ottawa Courthouse. Please give me a call at[masked]

    Thank you

    December 20, 2013

  • Am

    any suggested donation? thanks.

    December 18, 2013

    • Tony Y.

      Am...salons implies more relaxed... we kind of decide if we order food... other wise people can bring something...Pizza place down the street. We may bring perogies.

      December 18, 2013

    • Am

      thanks Tony!

      December 19, 2013

  • Tony Y.

    Alex Look forward to seeing you..Looking for a more permanent location near Carleton University. Sunnyside has a basement location which is well located , and the meeting hall is completely separate from the sanctuary. Moreover this venue is right on a bus line. has a kitchen, chairs and a complete audio visual setup for for events. We held our Russian event there and everybody really appreciated it. People who are coming should know to come to the side door in Sunnyside, not in the main hall. :)

    December 18, 2013

  • Alex

    Is the location inside the Church?

    December 18, 2013

  • Alex

    Friday night dont reslly work for me but seeing its a film about China it sure beats going to work! Hope to meet everyone.

    December 18, 2013

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