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“Lost Years” Traces History of Chinese Diaspora on CBC August 20, 7 PM

Lost Years Poster CBC AlbertaCBC TV in Alberta and Saskatchewan will premiere LOST YEARS, an epic 2-part documentary mini series, this weekend on Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 7 p.m., as part of their Prime-time Summer Series. LOST YEARS traces 150 years of the Chinese diaspora from the earliest exodus of Chinese migrants abroad, much of it marked by racism, to the modern-day redress movements to acknowledge a hidden past. It follows the journey of filmmaker Kenda Gee and his father back to their ancestral village in Taishan, China. The mini series, written, directed, and produced by Kenda Gee and Tom Radford, was shot on location throughout China, Canada, the United States, New Zealand, and Australia, examining the great historical, economic and political realities of several eras. Based on over 12 years of research by Gee and Radford, initially through the National Film Board, the documentary has been two years in the making. 

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Art of Conversation LX, Sabor Divino Restaurant in Edmonton, August 31

Art of Conversation LX Edmonton

from left: Graham Hicks, Rob Christie and Audie Lynds

Join Graham Hicks, from the Edmonton Sun and Rob Christie and Audie Lynds of Capital FM in The Art of Conversation LX on Wednesday, August 31 from 4pm to whenever. This time the get together takes place Sabor Divino, a Portuguese Restaurant at 10220 – 103 Street across the street from the west end of Edmonton Centre that, according to Graham, has “become in a few short years one of the downtown’s best eateries.” Graham should know. Since retired after 30 years with the Edmonton Sun as the popular Hicks on Six columnist (you can read his first retirement post here), he’s now writing the Sun’s Weekly Dish restaurant reviewer/columnist.

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Edmonton’s NextGen Invites Submissions for Pecha Kucha Night in September

nextgen EdmontonEdmonton’s NextGen invites submissions for the next Pecha Kucha Night (PKN) in Edmonton held on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at the Myer Horowitz Theatre. Edmonton’s Next Gen was the first to host Pecha Kucha Night in Western Canada. The event usually sells out to an audience of 450-600.

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Calling All Independent Media Producers in Alberta

Canadian Media Production Industry AssociationThe Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) is travelling the country to support the roll-out of the Terms of Trade agreement – all elements of the deal come into effect August 1st 2011.  The agreement applies to all independently produced projects developed and commissioned by Astral, Bell Media (CTV), Corus, Rogers and Shaw Media.  The CMPA successfully negotiated the historic Terms of Trade deal that redefines the relationship between producers and broadcasters. The deal applies to the entire life cycle of a show – from first pitch, through to development, production and broadcast on all platforms.

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Edmonton History Festival & Provincial Archives Honour Missionaries Who Devised Written Language For First Nations

Alberta Printing PressFrom June 23 until Sept. 17, the Provincial Archives of Alberta will present a display titled Sharing the Word: The Development and Use of Syllabics by Missionaries in Western Canada. Archivists of the United Church of Canada, the Anglican Church and the Oblate Order of the Roman Catholic Church worked co-operatively to develop the display and thus the story of these missionary pioneers. At the same time, from July 8 to 17, 2011, the Edmonton and District Historical Society, presents their 15th annual historic festival, this year on the theme is “Celebrate Our Heritage, Our Doors.” One of the historic sites included in their extensive line up is Father Lacombe Chapel in St. Albert. It is Alberta’s oldest building. A little known fact is that it also the location of the first printing press in Alberta first used in Lac LaBiche in 1877. You can read more about the influence of the printing press in Alberta in this recent article by Gail Simonson from the Edmonton Journal.


Marilyn Jones, Edmonton, Alberta ABOUT ME
I am Marilyn Jones, a news junkie with a penchant for publishing, politics, communications, gardening, hiking, reading, the arts and training nonprofit organizations in media relations and social media communications in Alberta (BA in English with Honours, U of A; Master of Publishing, SFU)