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Asia Pacific scholars from grades 9 through 12 were invited to take part in the
fifth annual Asian Heritage Youth Forum, sponsored by the Asian
Heritage Foundation, at the University of Winnipeg and the Canadian Museum
for Human RIghts. Students dialogued with a quintet of dynamic Asian
Canadians making their mark in fields as varied as 3-D animation, body
realignment, dance and English literature.
Highlights of the morning
session included a Question & Answer session with Liem Nguyen, whose
animation firm "Pixel Reborn" works on films and TV programs screened
worldwide. As a special treat, Nguyen brought along the Emmy he won for
his work (as shown in the photo with Kelvin film-maker Kenji D.).
University of Winnipeg English professor, Dr. Jenny Wills, shared her
insights on being raised by non-Asian adoptive parents and on re-discovering
her Korean birth family.
In the afternoon, Asia Pacific scholars toured
Canada's newest national museum and had the singular distinction of being taught
about Japanese Canadian internment during World War II by the very man who
negociated the Federal Government's settlement and acknowledgment of this
period, and who is himself featured in an exhibit at the Museum, Dr.
Art Miki (pictured near his photograph with former PM Brian
Mulroney, with Sokalski Sensei).
Kelvin's Asia Pacific Studies
program, the only one of its kind in Manitoba, is open to all students as an
option course. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org