On September 13th, 14th, and 15th, supper and storytelling come together for Yin Yeung Express, a unique culinary event presented by In the House festival, Ken Tsui (Vancouver Chinatown Night Market) and Kevin Chong (author of My Year of the Racehorse).
Inspired by Hong Kong’s signature open-air eateries (dai pai dong), memorable stories of food are paired with four fine-dining interpretations of humble Hong Kong café classics. Forget the greasy bowls of instant ramen with spam made to order and dive into a playful take on the cuisine’s most iconic dishes prepared with an innovative mix of fresh ingredients. And yes, there will be vegetarian options.
With stories revolving around the memories and nostalgia of Chinese food, each evening of storytellers is curated by some of Vancouver’s signature cultural purveyors: Rain City Chronicles (Vancouver’s premier storytelling night), Ricepaper Magazine (Canada’s only Asian Canadian literary magazine) and Kevin Chong (Vancouver author of Beauty Plus Pity and My Year of the Race Horse).
September 13th: Ricepaper Magazine
September 14th: Rain City Chronicles
September 15th: Kevin Chong
With music curated by the In the House Festival
In the true fashion of the pop-up experience, the dinners are held in a secret location which will be revealed only days before the event, and ONLY if you’ve purchased your tickets.
Tickets can be purchased on-line at http://yinyeungexpress.brownpapertickets.com or by phone at 604-874-9325
Dates: September 13, 14, 15, 2013
Time: Doors at 6:30 / Dinner at 7
Charlie Lui (Dizi player): A multiple award winner, Charlie masters a wide range of Chinese wind instruments. Charlie is the principal dizi player and general director of the BC Chinese Music Orchestra, a member of the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, and the co-founder of Pentatonics. As a soloist, Charlie has performed numerous dizi concerti and has performed on a number of CDs. In 2011, he premiered concerto grosso with the Nu: BC and the BC Chinese Music Ensemble in a Canada-China collaboration. In the same year Charlie also performed with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
Yu Zhimin (Ruan player, composer): Some of the highlights of Yu Zhimin’s career include joining the top orchestra of China when Zhimin was 17 (CCTV Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra); live performances around the world, including live concerts for BBC (London), NHK (Japan), CCTV (China), CBC. Played for many famous people, including Dalai Lama, the emperor of Japan; working with many symphonies and groups, including Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Calgary Symphony Orchestra; composing many pieces that were broadcasted; teaching at UBC Asian Center.
September 13: Curated by Rice Paper Magazine
Ricepaper magazine is a Canadian magazine which has showcased Asian Canadian literature, culture, and the arts since 1994. They publish new poetry, fiction, drama, graphic novel, translation, and almost every other kind of creative writing from writers across the country. They also publish cultural reviews of books, theatre, and film. We also publish original art and photography. They are a magazine about people. The body of work coming out of the Asian Canadian artists and writers’ community is prolific and growing. Ricepaper profiles and interviews the leading and up-and-coming artists and writers in this community.
Renée Sarojini Saklikar: Renée Sarojini Saklikar writes thecanadaproject, a lifelong poem chronicle. Work from thecanadaproject appears in literary journals and newspapers, including The Georgia Straight, The Vancouver Review, Geist, Poetry is Dead, SubTerrain, Ryga, Ricepaper, Arc Poetry Magazine, CV2, and Leaf Press as well as in the anthologies Alive at the Center, contemporary poems from the pacific northwest andForce Field: 77 Women Poets of British Columbia. Renée’s first book of poetry, children of air india, is forthcoming fall of 2013 (Nightwood Editions). Renée enjoys performing her work and sharing her passion for poetry. You can hear a sample of her work :http://ooligan.pdx.edu/renee-sarojini-saklikar-guest-poet-post-these-layers-that-now-surround-us/
Jovanni Sy: Jovanni Sy is a playwright, director, performer, and the Artistic Director of the Gateway Theatre. Originally from Toronto, Jovanni is the former Artistic Director of Cahoots Theatre and the former Playwright-in-Residence at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake,Ontario. Jovanni lives in Richmond with his wife playwright/performer Leanna Brodie.
Janey Lew: Janey Lew lives in Vancouver, BC (Coast Salish territories, where she is a writer, scholar, and teacher. She is completing her PhD in Comparative Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, focusing on Asian North American and First Nations literatures. Her creative writing has appeared in RicePaper Magazine, Roots Literary Anthology and Fugue. Janey’s video poem “YVR” previously won People’s Choice in the Vancouver Asian Film Festival’s 2011 Love Letters to Vancouver Contest, and her poems have been set to music by composer Cecilia Livingston as part of the 2012 ArtSongLab, as well as by composer Carrie Magin as part of a recital of original music.
Claudia Li: Claudia is the Founder of Shark Truth and Co-Founder of the new Hua Foundation, an organization dedicated to bringing together the worlds of cultural heritage and social change with an environmental lens. Claudia has been named an Influential Millennial by Huffington Post.ca and Top 30 Under 30 by Explore Magazine. Heritage is the heart of Claudia’s drive. She grew up playing mahjong and eating chicken feet. On her spare time, you’ll catch her writing bad poetry and climbing rocks. www.claudiali.com
September 14: Curated by Rain City Chronicles
Rain City Chronicles: Rain City Chronicles is a series of storytelling nights featuring a diverse roster of Vancouverites. From your favourite actress to the guy who sells you coffee, we believe everyone has a great personal story to tell. Our mission is to provide a community space for sharing these stories.
Jada McDermott: I am an Asian-Canadian writer. My ongoing project is a blog about a Jewish vampire named H.R.M. Stoker. I am an occasional poet, and try to make the world a better place through art and teaching youth workshops. www.hrmstoker.wordpress.com
Stephanie Yuen: Stephanie is a seasoned food & travel journalist for both English and Chinese print and online publications. A self-taught chef and winner of cooking awards and recipe awards, Stephanie loves food and considers cooking as a ‘delicious therapy’. She has been regarded as the doyenne of Asian cuisine and the food culture ambassador. Stephanie co-founded Chinese Restaurant Awards and was the chair of the judging panel in 2010. She also blogs for Vancouver Sun. Stephanie hosted the very first food & wine Chinese radio show on CHMB AM1320 with wine columnist Henry Yuen. She was the food journalist for CBC Radio and has been co-hosting many Asian food-related segments for various TV and radio shows. Besides appearing on TV, radio and many other culinary events such as the Cooking Stage at BC Home Show, ‘Meet the Chef’ at Farmers’ Market, Celebrity Cooking Stage at The Wellness Show, Stephanie also consults on food and culture related projects and special events. She is the author of an Asian food and culture cookbook “East Meets West – Traditional and Comtemporary Asian Dishes from Acclaimed Vancouver Restaurants”. www.beyondchopsticks.com
Suzanne Ma: Suzanne is a Canadian journalist currently working on a narrative non-fiction book about the Chinese in Europe. As the recipient of a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, she lived in a small county in eastern China — a place with a 300-year history of emigration to the West. Her book seeks to explore modern China and the growing Chinese diaspora through real immigrant stories. Like so many Chinese emigrants, she is always on the move. In her blog, she mostly writes about her travels, China, the Chinese diaspora, and about immigration and migration. Her stories have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, the Associated Press, the National Post, and Salon, among others. She is a graduate of Ryerson University’s School of Journalism and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. www.suzannema.com
Maurice Li: Maurice Li is a commercial, documentary, fine art & experiential journalism photographer with a passion for visual storytelling. Whether shooting a street photo essay in Hong Kong, an ad campaign in Vancouver’s Gastown or a real-time social media campaign while traveling across Canada with Royalty, his aim is to capture truly remarkable images. www.mauriceli.com
September 15: Curated by Kevin Chong
Kevin Chong: Kevin Chong is the author of five books, including a novel entitled Beauty Plus Pity and a forthcoming biography of the Canadian racehorse Northern Dancer. His writing has appeared in the Globe and Mail, the Walrus, the Toronto Star, Maclean’s,Chatelaine, FASHION, Vancouver Magazine, and the CBC Arts website. He’s an editor at Joylandmagazine.com and teaches Creative Writing at UBC.
JJ Lee: JJ Lee is the author of The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit, which was shortlisted for the 2011 Governor-General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction, the 2012 Charles Taylor Prize for Non-Fiction, the 2011 BC Book Prizes Hubert Evans Prize for Non-Fiction, and the 2012 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize. His fashion and personal essays are published in ELLE Canada. His memoir piece, “ELLE First: You are beautiful,” tied for GOLD at the 2011 National Magazine Award for Best Short Feature. JJ writes a menswear advice column for The Vancouver Sun and writes about menswear for The National Post. He lives in New Westminster, BC.
Charlie Demers: Charles Demers is an activist and comedian, a regular performer on CBC Radio One’s The Debaters, and former co-host of Citytv’s comedic panel show “The Citynews List” in Vancouver. In 2005, he was the judges’ choice for Vancouver’s funniest new comic;since then he has been featured on national radio, in print, as well as in festivals and live venues across Canada and the Pacific Northwest and with Paul Bae as the sketch duo “Bucket”―the act Robin Williams called “the future of comedy.” His book Vancouver Special was published by Arsenal Pulp Press in 2009, and was shortlisted for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize at the BC Book Prizes. His first novel, The Prescription Errors, was published in 2009 by Insomniac Press.
Madeleine Thien: Madeleine Thien is the author of three books of fiction, including a story collection, Simple Recipes, her most recent novel Dogs at the Perimeter. She is a previous recipient of the City of Vancouver Book Award, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, and the Ovid Festival Prize, and was a finalist for a Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Kiriyama Prize. Her novels have been translated into 18 languages. She is the 2013-14 Writer-in-Residence at Simon Fraser University.
Eve Preus: Eve Preus is a scholar, poet, teacher, musician, and performer. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia, working on a project about Shakespeare’s theatre. She hails from Seattle where she studied, published, taught, and performed poetry. Most recently, Eve was in Bali, touring with a gamelan ensemble. She’s back, but misses the noise and the rice.