Welcome to the 'East West Connection. OIC's Monthly Asian film and discussion salon. We are very pleased to have the First Secretary for Information and Social Cultural Affairs from the Indonesian Embassy joining us tomorrow evening. We will be opening the evening with a brief film. The Indonesian film will be an overview of the country and its people, as well as of Bali. Indonesians have numerous cultures within their landscape. Many people are unaware of the fact that Indonesia is the largest Muslim country in the world.. The Dutch left their own cultural imprint on the land, as former colonial powers. Like many Asian countries, there are large numbers of Chinese in Indonesia. On the down side, some of them have been targeted for persecution by some in the country. Indonesia has many islands with great cultural differences. One of the first events I did many years ago was focused on global nomads and travelers. I asked these seasoned backpackers, 'what the best place in the world was for them?' The overwhelming answer from all of them was Bali, Indonesia. It is one of the most charming places in the world, and has its own international feel. I am very glad we are taking time to focus on this beautiful land, and people. :)
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 was on China, 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?
Most importantly, Asia is 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. We will include films and speakers from Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Burma, and South Asia and India in future salons.
Our next month's event will be focused on Japan.