21 November 2020 | 2:00 p.m.
Photography: Edwin Ho and Weiping Lu
Poetry: Weiping Lu
Moderator: Lien Chao
A Toronto couple departed for holidays in Honolulu on 24 January 2020. Coincidentally, on the same day, the city of Wuhan in China was shut down because of a novel coronavirus outbreak. Retired English teacher Weiping Lu has woven her travelogue and snapshots with photographs contributed by photographer Edwin Ho to create “Tales of Two Cities: Wuhan & Honolulu.” As personal and social records, this joint project helps the public keep our collective memories alive of the unprecedented suffering, deaths and economic loss worldwide caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Bilingual poetry will be presented in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.
Co-Organizers: Asian Heritage Month—Canadian Foundation for Asian Culture (Central Ontario) Inc.; Toronto Public Library; York Centre for Asian Research, York University; Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto; Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University; Richard Charles Lee Canada Hong Kong Library, University of Toronto; Chinese Canadian Photography Society of Toronto; WE Artists’ Group; Social Services Network; Cambridge Food and Wine Society
Asian Heritage Month Festival is partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Asian Canadian Artists in Digital Age is funded by Canada Council for the Arts Digital Strategy Fund