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Reviews and musings about books, art exhibitions, music, performance, the archive and more. Opinionated since 1992.

Vol. 9, No. 3
Beyond ExtinctionBy Hanif Karim
Ali Kazimi documents Sinixt resurgence.
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Vol. 9 No. 3
Taking Back SpaceBy S F Ho
Commodified Trauma and Supernatural Gentrification reviewed.
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Vol. 9 No. 2
A Sankofic Love LetterBy Ashley Marshall
Caribbean Diasporic Identities at the AGO.
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Vol. 9 No. 2
The Metaphorical Life of FinchesBy Phinder Dulai
Tolu Oloruntoba's Each One a Furnace reviewed.
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Vol. 9 No. 1
Punjab, Punjabi, PunjabiyatBy Anne Murphy
Understanding language, geography and belonging.
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Vol. 9 No. 1
The Voiceless SpeakBy David Austin
Grada Kilomba's Plantation Memories: Episodes of Everyday Racism reviewed.
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Vol. 8 No. 4
we all begin in waterBy Hannah Claus
Tracing rivers and Indigenous epistemologies.
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Vol. 8 No. 4
Building KinshipsBy S F Ho
Fear and Care for the Fate of the World reviewed.
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Vol. 8 No. 2
Playing with RefusalBy Hagere Selam “shimby” Zegeye-Gebrehiwot
Divya Mehra's From Canada to India and back to Canada (There is nothing I can possess which you cannot take away) reviewed.
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Vol. 8 No. 1
Faith ConnectsBy Rusaba Alam
acts of faith reviewed by Rusaba Alam.
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Vol. 8 No. 1
New Cartographies: Power to the Young PeopleBy Ashley Marshall
Three-Thirty Exhibition at Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival 2020.
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Vol. 8 No. 1
A Return of a New MedeaBy Rebecca Peng
Myths of heroism and desire in Laiwan’s Tender.
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Vol. 8 No. 1
Oratory to the PageBy Phinder Dulai
Jillian Christmas' the gospel of breaking reviewed.
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Vol. 7 No. 4
Suspended SoulsBy Mathilde Benignus
Three performances and an embodied talk by Soleil Launière.
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Vol. 7 No. 3
Hummingbirds and Sleeping BuffaloBy Charles Campbell
Charles Campbell reflects on a Primary Colours residency
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Vol. 7 No. 3
Creating in IsolationBy Stephanie Wong Ken
M:ST’s Bodily Response video series reviewed.
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Vol. 7 No. 3
Found in TranslationBy Conner Singh VanderBeek
Ruby Singh and the Khan Brothers' genre-bending musical collaboration.
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Vol. 7, No. 1
My Language, My DreamsBy Mercedes Webb
Indigenous language revitalization, practices, and epistemologies.
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Vol. 7, No. 1
Stories, Truths and LiesBy Phinder Dulai
Anosh Irani Translated from the Gibberish reviewed.
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Vol. 6, No. 4
Streams Coming TogetherBy Shani Mootoo
1990's video in Vancouver and beyond.
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Vol. 6, No. 4
Reflections on Bolo BoloBy Sunil Gupta
HIV/AIDS, 'Black Arts', and LGBTQ rights.
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Vol. 6, No. 3
Making Queer Pakistani Women Visible in Patthar Ki Zabaan.By Sanchari Sur
Sanchari Sur reviews Patthar Ki Zabaan at The Rhubarb Festival in Toronto.
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Vol. 6, No. 3
Kathak and Tap Dance ConverseBy Veena Gokhale
Veena Gokhale reviews Rhythm Rewritten at the Festival Acces Asie, Montréal.
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Vol. 6, No. 3
Material Questioning: Durrah Alsaif's Jawahir: JewelsBy Simranpreet Anand
Simanpreet Anand reviews Jawahir: Jewels at Deerlake Gallery, Burnaby, BC.
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Vol. 6, No. 3
Photos Perform India at the VAGBy Hussein Keshani
Hussein Keshani reviews Moving Still: Performative Photography in India at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
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Vol. 6, No. 3
Prickly FruitBy Rusaba Alam
The Orchard (After Chekhov) reviewed.
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Vol. 6, No. 2
Countervailing at the MarginsBy Kiran Sunar
Acts of Refusal in Simranpreet Anand's ਮੈਂ ਇੱਥੇ ਹਾਂ (i am here).
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Vol. 6, No. 2
Claiming Visible SpaceBy Shagufta Pasta
Reflections on the Vancouver Mural Festival.
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Vol. 6, No. 1
A Love of Tragic BeautyBy Hanif Karim
Rawi Hage's Beirut Hellfire Society reviewed.
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Vol. 6, No. 1
Am I Dancing My Life Away?By Mandeep Wirk
Staged reading of Chivalry is Dead by playwright Munish Sharma at the 2018 Monsoon Festival reviewed.
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Vol. 6, No. 1
Identity Politics, Once AgainBy Am Johal
Am Johal review's Asad Haider’s Mistaken Identity.
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Vol. 6, No. 1
The Trees are InnocentBy Charles Campbell
Charles Campbell reviews art by Sandra Semchuck and Ayumi Goto at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.
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Vol. 5, No. 4
Mythical Ambiguity and NiseiBy Carolyn Nakagawa
Kerri Sakamoto's Floating City reviewed by Carolyn Nakagawa.
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Vol. 5, No. 3
Versions of ContemporaneityBy Madiha Sikander and Rajarshi Sengupta
Revisiting the qualifier 'indigenous' in Many Visions, Many Versions by Madhia Sikander and Rajarshi Sengupta.
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Vol. 5, No. 3
South Asian Photography in FocusBy Hussein Keshani
Hussein Keshani reviews photo exhibit at the Kamloops Art Gallery.
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Vol. 5, No. 2
The Great Welcome: A PC/Cp ReflectionBy Zab Maboungou
When I received the invitation to participate in the great gathering that was Primary Colours this autumn in the city of Victoria in British Columbia, my feeling was above all that of remembrance.
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Vol. 5, No. 2
Multilayered EncounterBy Scheherazaad Cooper
Encounter tells the story of Dopdi Mehjen, an indigenous woman and necessity-driven revolutionary, who is eventually captured and tortured by the authorities.
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Vol. 5, No. 2
An Uncertain Latitude: A PC/Cp ReflectionBy David Garneau
I wonder about artistic privilege. The advantages, attention, and public money granted to select artists, but especially the social margin, passage, and exception we occasionally enjoy.
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Vol. 5, No. 2
We Continue to Walk: A PC/Cp ReflectionBy Samaqani Cocahq
And we continue to walk. Taking time to go to our medicines. To speak to our teachers. We do our ceremonies. And we continue to walk.
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Vol. 5, No. 1
ACT NOW on ReconciliationBy Mandeep Wirk
Cathy Busby's, WE CALL creates awareness, understanding, and dialogue around the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's recommendations for reconciliation between Aboriginal peoples and settlers.
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Vol. 5, No. 1
Ghost BoysBy Mehjabeen Datoo
What choices do fifteen year-olds face in this world? What is at stake for them if they choose to speak out against what they know is wrong? The answer is, of course, completely different if you are a poor fifteen year-old Indian boy working for a cruel master on a camel farm or a fifteen year-old Canadian girl pulled out of school and brought to the desert with your scientist father.
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Vol. 5, No. 1
Untouchable KashmirBy Rahat Kurd
Arundhati Roy's The Ministry of Utmost Happiness reviewed.
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Vol. 5, No. 1
Aunty AdviceBy Abeer Yusuf
Maria Qamar's Trust No Aunty reviewed.
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The Journeys Issue, Vol. 4, No. 4 (April 1999)
Defence Society, Lahore in the Age of Satellite T.V.By Rehan Ansari
Rehan Ansari reports form Lahore on the transformations and fractures of post-modernity in South Asian space.
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The Journeys Issue, Vol. 4, No. 4 (April 1999)
Where I’m Coming FromBy Amitava Kumar
Amitava Kumar shares how his move from India to the USA has continually changed his own ideas of modernity, and more importantly why this change is not perceived as important.
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The Journeys Issue, Vol. 4, No. 4 (April 1999)
The New SpinBy Jarnail (Jerry) Gill
Reviews of Bombay The Hard Way and the latest from Black Star Liner.
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The Journeys Issue, Vol. 4, No. 4 (April 1999)
Glassy JunctionBy Jagdeesh Mann
Jagdeesh Mann spends a sobering night at the Glassy Junction Pub, Southhall, UK.
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The Journeys Issue, Vol. 4, No. 4 (April 1999)
Sakina’s RestaurantBy Jasmyn Singh
Jasmyn Singh reviews theatrical monologue Sakina's Restaurant.
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The Temptation Issue, Vol. 4, No. 3 (February 1999)
The Temptation of MishalBy Elizabeth Mary Chakkappan
E.M. Chakkappan documents a young woman's decision to give into religious temptation.
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The Temptation Issue, Vol. 4, No. 3 (February 1999)
Bombay or BustBy Jasmyn Singh
A sneak peak into Kaizad Gustad’s directorial debut, Bombay Boys.
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The Temptation Issue, Vol. 4, No. 3 (February 1999)
The New SpinBy Jarnail (Jerry) Gill
A look at new albums by Talvin Singh and Asian Dub Foundation.
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The Queer Issue, Vol. 3, No. 3 (July 1995)
Tantrik DropletsBy Sonali Fernando
Looking for South Asian lipstick lesbians, Sonali Fernando finds Annie Sprinkle instead.
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The Queer Issue, Vol. 3, No. 3 (July 1995)
Her Sweetness LingersBy Ian Iqbal Rashid
Ian Iqbal Rashid reviews Shani Mootoo's sexy, evocative new video.
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The Queer Issue, Vol. 3, No. 3 (July 1995)
Corporealities of DesireBy Smaro Kamboureli
Smaro Kamboureli examines the poignant, painful worlds of Shyam Selvadurai's Funny Boy.
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The Film and Video Issue II, Vol. 3, No. 2 (April 1995)
Beauty in ComplexityBy Sue Donaldson
Sue Donaldson reviews two videos by Julian Samuel, The Raft of the Medusa and Into the European Mirror.
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The Film and Video Issue II, Vol. 3, No. 2 (April 1995)
Asian and Asian Diaspora ProgrammeBy Ian Iqbal Rashid
Curated by L.Somi Roy for the Flaherty Film Seminars, Aurora, New York reviewed.
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The Film and Video Issue II, Vol. 3, No. 2 (April 1995)
Identity in Motion: Beyond DestinationBy Atif Ghani
Atif Ghani examines the construction of South Asian Identity in a video program curated by Ian Iqbal Rashid.
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The Film and Video Issue II, Vol. 3, No. 2 (April 1995)
Narmada: a valley risesBy H. Itwaru
H. Itwaru reviews Ali Kazimi’s profoundly moving documentary film.
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The Food Issue, Vol. 3, No. 1 (January 1995)
Our Feet Walk the SkyBy Mina Kumar
Anthology of American South Asian Women’s Writing reviewed.
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The Visual Arts Issue, Vol. 2, No. 4 (August 1994)
Dear Desh…Edited and compiled by Ian Iqbal Rashid
‘Letters’ from Nayan Shah, Melina Young, Ayisha Ibrahim, Atif Ghani and Gitanjali.
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The Literature Issue, Vol. 2, No. 3 (March 1994)
Cinema on the Critical EdgeBy Ameen Merchant & Yasmin Jiwani
Shyam Benegal's Seventh Horse of the Sun & Kehtan Mehta's Maya Memsaab reviewed.
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The Roots Issue, Vol. 2, No. 1 & 2 (July 1993)
In My Mother’s ImageBy Sur Mehat
A note from a South Asian woman artist to South Asian women artists.
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The Home Issue, Vol. 1, No. 1 & 2 (April 1992)
Trying to Speak and LiveBy Nayan Shah
The Construction of South Asian Lesbian and Gay Identities. A Desh Pradesh workshop.
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