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Asian Heritage Youth Forum

 
Kelvin 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 rsokalski@wsd1.org for details.
 
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