Who’s “Asian”? | Writing and Video Contest

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Asian identities have been receiving some spotlight recently – from Amy Chua’s Tiger Moms to former UCLA student Alexandra Wallace complaining about the “Asians in the Library.”

As Asian Canadians, we now have the chance to express our thoughts and criticisms. The Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter (CCNCTO) is hosting its first essay/video contest, “Who’s ‘Asian?'” and would like to pose the question to Asian Canadians everywhere:

How have Asians been portrayed in the media, and how does this affect your conception of what it means to be Asian in Canada?

CCNCTO is accepting submissions in 3 categories:

  • English (Written)
  • Chinese (Written, Simplified/Traditional)
  • YouTube videos.

Video submissions must be 5 minutes or less. Written submissions must be 1,000 words in English or less, or 2,500 Chinese characters or less.

Prizes for the contest include cash ($300), passes to the 2011 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, and more. The best English essays will also be featured on the Ricepaper magazine website and/or

print issue.

For more information on the contest, please visit the CCNCTO’s website.

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