From artist-run centres, theories of hyphenation, distribution networks and gay and lesbian cinema to F-words, new media technologies and sweet ’n’ sour controversies, Reel Asian: Asian Canada on Screen presents a multi-faceted picture of diverse film- and video-makers. This first-ever collection of writings to focus on East and Southeast Asian Canadian independent film and video highlights the screen as a site for the reflection, projection, contestation and reimagination of identities and communities.
Reel Asian brings together creators of award-winning features and acclaimed experimental shorts; critics, curators, artists and activists; enemy aliens, impersonators, ex-pats and ‘Food Jammers’ to explore how history and culture have played out onscreen. Thirty-eight contributors address a wide array of topics, regional concerns and social contexts in provocative essays, conversations and images from their work and lives. Whether calling geopolitical and generic categories into question or finding new ways of unleashing the magic of the cinematic image, Asian Canadians are making their distinctive mark on screens from the multiplex to the iPod, across Canada and beyond.
Elaine Chang's recent and forthcoming publications include the anthology, Reel Asian: Asian Canada on Screen (Toronto: Coach House Books, 2007); a cycle of poems appearing in Han Kut: Critical Art and Writing by Korean Canadian Women (Toronto: Inanna Press, 2007); and another anthology, decentre: concerning artist-run culture | a propos des centres d’artistes (forthcoming from YYZ Press).
Dr. Chang has received the University of Guelph Central Student Association Award for Teaching Excellence (2004) and grants and fellowships from the Canada Council for the Arts, Mellon Foundation, and the Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture. With co-writer Michael Capellupo and support from Telefilm Canada (Writer’s First), she is also currently writing “The Good Brother,” a feature-length screenplay set in Vancouver’s Chinatown.