Film - "Mao's Last Dancer" (Asian Film Salon)

  • January 17, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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Welcome to the 'East West Connection. OIC's Monthly Asian film and discussion salon. English or subtitles.

This film came highly recommended as a last minute interesting film that should be worthy of our time. It is is in english, and is based on a true story.

The film for January will be "Maos's Last Dancer"  (2009)-     (trailer)'s_Last_Dancer_(film)


How this Salon works?  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. I will be buying pizza for us to contribute towards. $5 contribution to those eating would be fine.

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 (Mostly): 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 for our cultural salons. OIC needs leaders from these locales 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 these ancient cultures. For example. it is 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, regardless of the culture Asia is complex, and political realities differ depending on who you are and where you live. Most westerners have no idea what the histories of these cultures are all about. 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 started out by focusing on China, we will definitely diversify I cannot stress enough our need for Asian leaders to come forward with ideas, we will include films and speakers from Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Burma,  and South Asia and  India in  future salons.


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  • Tony Y.

    The reason this event worked out is everyone who showed maturely gave and contributed.. Thanks to all of you.

    January 19, 2014

  • Tony Y.

    I think this was very good evening. the food and everything worked out...Just a bit late to start for those who may have showed and left.

    January 19, 2014

  • Kaled

    It was a great movie and I enjoyed every since of it. Thank you very much Tony.
    I really recommend all the members to join these series of movies, to have fun, food, networking and learning sessions. I met wonderful people in this meetup. Thanks again.

    1 · January 19, 2014

  • Widya

    very nice ballet film

    2 · January 18, 2014

  • Marie P.

    Tony, the movie is also available for a small price in its entirety on youtube for those who would like to watch it again.

    1 · January 18, 2014

  • Marie P.

    Great movie! Great cultural content. It certainly evoked strong emotions among the attendees. There were some testing and recruiting processes of young children for the purpose of forming a ballet group; which was new to me.

    I saw very small similarities with our culture in sport. Often here parent make their children play a sport, or music and the children don't like. In this particular instance; the Government forced children to train to dance valley and the young actor did not like ballet. Obviously, he had aptitude which later to prove to be the right call. Lots of political implications at stake.

    I enjoyed the conversations after the movie. It was also a pleasure to see new faces.


    2 · January 18, 2014

  • Amanda T.

    It was my first time to attend and watch the film. I felt a very warm welcome as I got to know everyone there and discuss the film afterwards. It is definitely a film I enjoyed and would recommend to friends and family to get their perspectives. Looking forward to future events :)

    2 · January 18, 2014

  • art

    Just too late to go.

    January 17, 2014

  • Tony Y.

    Thanks Amanda and others for letting us know. It really makes things so much easier.:)

    January 16, 2014

  • Tony Y.

    I am glad to see this Asian forum is growing. These salons are much more relaxed, and yet we still need everyone to contribute in some way. if you are not planning to come, or bring anything, please let us know. Everyone can help by considering the following. A) please consider bringing something and letting everyone know what you plan to contribute. If you would prefer to order pizza or you definitely not eating, this will also help for the planning. You can still help out... For example, when OIC posts a Filipino film, you can help by letting Filipinos know. Is anyone in your work a Fillipino? All you have to do is reach out and share. It is in this context that we are grateful for their insights. Lastly remember this monthly salon is at the side entrance of Sunnyside Ave, in a separate entrance. Please do not use the front entrance door. The event is in the basement. Lastly if you are not coming please update your RSVP status. :)

    1 · January 15, 2014

    • Amanda T.

      I'll try to pick up a veggie and dip platter on my way. If not, I'll be able to chip in for pizza.

      1 · January 16, 2014

  • Tony Y.

    Shahin... It will be great to see you.

    January 15, 2014

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