Hyphenated Cinema

Thu, Feb 15, 2018

Join us for snacks and screenings of works from Video Out’s distribution in celebration of Chinese New Year.

“For the challenges that it encodes, the hyphen offers a suggestive metaphor for the Asian Canadian screen” – Reel Asian: Asian Canada on Screen

According to literary critic David Leiwei Lin, the hyphenated “Asian-American” is employed by dominant, often white culture, while the non/un-hyphenated is the way Asian Americans describe themselves. While Trinh T. Minh-Ha locates the potentially hyphenated zone as a critical site of struggle to form our identities — “The predicament of crossing boundaries cannot be merely rejected or accepted. It has to be confronted in its controversies.”

This selection of video and documentary features that space as it has been addressed by artists in our distribution who look at local histories portraying social life, and cultural iconography in a North American context as always potentially proximatated to, or hyphenated with, dominant cultures.

Hyphenated Cinema presents a celebration of people and media that have excavated that space and advanced the role and capacity of film, video, media and documentary in shaping present social realities.



Composing You Chinatown
Judy Cheung
~ 10 min

The Yellow Pages
Ho Tam
7 m 43 s

Karin Lee
22 m 7 s


Chinese Noodle Making Backwards and Forwards
Skip Blumberg
5 m 30 s

Out For Bubble Tea
Desiree Lim, Winston Xin
16 m 4 s

Chinese Cafés in Rural Saskatchewan
Anthony Chan
26 m 12 s


Stacey Ho

Graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Stacey Ho has worked with organizations such as FADO Performance Art, Gallery 44, and Vidéographe. Her writing has been published in Modern Painters, West Coast Line, and Inter: art actuel. She lives in Vancouver, where she is presently associate director of LIVE Biennale.

Casey Wei