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The Summer Ubyssey Jul 4, 1991

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Founded in 1918
Vancouver, B.C., Thursday, July 4 , 1991
Vol 10, No 1
Parents worry about
daycare take-over
by Sharon Lindores
UBC student and faculty parents are apprehensive about the
future of UBCs daycare on campus
under their new boss—the university administration.
Four days ago, the administration assumed legal control over what
used to be autonomous parent-
managed daycares, officially completing a take-over that started in
February. It was a move considered
hostile by many parents.
One student-parent, Margaret
Rasheed, said the loss of autonomy
means that a handful of administrators will be dictating the terms
ofthe daycare'soperationandman-
Rasheed, however, does not
know what these terms will be. "[The
administration] has been tight-
lipped," she said. They're not telling us what's going on."
Like many other parents, she
is concerned about maintaining
involvement in the daycare community and the finances. They fear
the fees will rise if their voluntary
work (janitorial and administrative)
at the daycares is replaced by
unionized labour.
There are fears fees will go up,
staff wages frozen, benefits cut back,
the staff-child ratios may go up and
centres may be merged together,"
she said.
Presently, parents in
Vancouver pay $419 per month for
daycare on average. At UBC parents are paying on average $460,
according to Rasheed.
K.D. Srivastava, UBCs vice-
president of student and academic
services, said he will keep an eye on
UBC Housing which will be setting
the daycare rates.
"My office will keep a very close
watch on the rates that are being
set and whether they are increasing
very rapidly," he said. "I honestly
hope that they don't increase that
Rasheed is also worried that
bureaucrats will be drafting the
budget without input from parents.
In a memo dated February 8
parents' powers were limited to
advisory status. Written by Byron
Braley, treasurer of Financial Ser
vices, the memo meant to advise
the administration on the take-over,
Braley wrote: "We could take a more
paternal approach to childcare on
campus. Presumably, we could absorb the operation directly into our
own operations. The parent's societies could retain advisory committees on childcare programming
issues only."
Srivastava said the university
is now responsible for the budget
but said: "In preparing the budget
and recruiting staff there shoul d be
just as much input as in the past
(from parents)."
But Rasheed said: "They want
parents to do all the work but not
involve them in the decision-making process. They can offer their
opinions or be advisors but they
have no control."
Said faculty-parent Jim
Carolan: "It is fundamental that
parents are part and parcel of the
This past March parents were
told they would have to sign-over
their decision-making powers or
vacate the daycare premises. Parents surrendered their licence and
dissolved the UBC Childcare Society, the umbrella organization of
12 autonomous parent-managed
daycares. Staff and parents were
also asked to sign contracts with
the university.
Rasheed said there was no
consultation with the parents before the university cracked down. "I
don't feel confident about a university that takes that approach to a
good set-up."
And she took offense to Brale/s
term "paternal approach."
"We're the parents, we're the
only ones capable of a paternal approach or a maternal approach.
That the university can adopt a
parenting role is absolutely ridiculous," she said.
Carolan said, "People either
have style or they don't. The university has not shown it."
He says the new coordinator of
the daycares will be in a critical
position. He saidher role will determine how effective the new set-up
Passerby (bottom) stands before the newly-erected Goddess of
Democracy by UBC's Aquatic Centre and mourns massacred
Beijing students with symbol of democracy. The original statue
was crushed with the students on June 4,1990.   don mah photo
sees red
by Raul Peschiera
The Engineering Undergraduate Society (EUS) is very
much in the red as the question
of their student court fine
The EUS has incurred a
$16,461.92 debt and the Students Council has decided,
during their June 26 meeting,
to make them accountable,
contingent on EUS fee collection, for $5,000 ofthe debt this
year and the balance next year.
The Council carried the
motion to make the EUS increase their annual fee by two
dollars per member until the
debt is paid.
Last year, the Board of
Governors decided to not collect
EUS's fees as part of a punishment for racist, sexist and
homophobic material published
in a nEUSlettre printed in
March of 1989.
Student Court fined the
offensive nEUSlettre and at the
next Students Council meeting
on July 10, the Council will
decide on the proposed motion
to cancel the fine.
"The meeting will clarify
chief justice (John) Anderson's
ruling that the fine was contingent on collecting fees," said
AMS vice president Shawn
Tagseth said, according to
a statement he has, chief justice
Anderson believes that collecting the $15,000 fine is contingent on collecting EUS fees.
But Tagseth also said that
chief justice Anderson did take
into account the Board of Governors ruling not to collect the
EUS's fees when he administered the fine.
Council will discussingthe
motion at its next meeting on
Wednesday, July 10.
CBC's Dim-Sum Diaries fuels debate: Reality or Racism?
by Christina Cha-U Chen
Two Chinese community
groups continue to protest CBC
Radio's broadcast ofthe play Dim-
Sum Diaries because of the "insensitive" portrayal of new Hong
Kong immigrants.
Heated debates in Vancouver
about the play's content and the
author's intent have continued
since the five-episode play aired
provincially on CBC last April.
While local Chinese groups claim
it is racist, CBC management
maintains it is not.
Local playright Mark Leiren-
Young said Dim-Sum Diaries was
originally written to dispel racist
"If s a subject people are afraid
to approach," said Leiren-Young.
"I was bothered by some creepy
attitudes which were distributing
discriminatory sentiments."
The play was written to reflect
selected realities and attitudes in
modern-day Vancouver on "how
the city has changed—or is perceived to have changed, due to recent immigration from Hong
Kong," the author said.
Both the play's author and
producer had expected the play
would open discussion forums on
Asian immigrants and racial attitudes but they have yet to occur.
CBC producer John Juliani
completely disagrees with any allegations of racism, one-sidedness
or negative steoreotyping.
The play was well-researched
and well-balanced, and the CBC
agrees," Juliani said. "It provokes
changes and thoughts on (the
subject of) cultural clashes."
Before writing the play,
Leiren-Young said he had interviewed dozens of Vancouverites,
including those of European descent, Chinese descent, and recent
Hong Kong immigrants. Actors,
writers, a school-teacher and a new
Hong Kong-Canadian were among
his pre-broadcast screeners.
When Leiren-Young added
the controversial fifth episode (The
Sequoias), Dim-Sum Diaries was
banned nationally by CBCbecause
they felt other provinces would
misinterpret it.
Juliani said the response had
been favourable up to that point,
so they did not expect a negative
Juliani said the surge of protests only broke out after Sun columnist Nicole Parton wrote an
article criticizing the program's
content. "Only when it was aired
locally, after the fourth episode,
and after Parton's article did all
the fuss start."
Controversy in the fifth episode, The Sequoias, centres on
racial violence expressed in the
play's concluding monologue: "At
that moment, I just wanted to take
thatchainsaw and go up to Chang's
white Jaguar and cut that car in
two and it would have been better
still if I did it when Chang was
Reactions of protesting Chinese groups in Vancouver range
from shock and rage to disbelief.
Many have taken actions to make
their views clear.
"I felt very upset towards its
negative stereotyping and ridiculing of Hong Kong immigrants,"
said Lilian To, the executive director SUCCESS, one of
Vancouver's largest Chinese
"It sets a one-sided, stereotyped image which only reinforces
people's negative feelings and
provokes resentment (towards
Hong Kong immigrants)."
Bill Yee, president of the
Chinese Benevolent Association
(CBA), felt the radio-play clouded
the image of all Chinese in
"The behaviour (described in
the series) is not shared by most
Chinese," he said. "It doesn't just
cause negative attitude towards
immigrants. Non-Chinese will react negatively towards all Chinese."
Yee said listeners without
personal exposure to immigrants
would likely become biased without positive experiences of immigrants to balance their perception
of unfavorable images portrayed
in the show.
The series would have been
acceptable if played in a certain
context, such as for educational
discussions, according to Yee. But
airing it on radio would only ren-
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Volume 20, No. 1
July 4-July 11,1991
Hello and welcome to Summer Session '91
Summ©r SOSSiOll     Tne Summer Session Association is the student organization of Summer Session; if you
- .    .. have any problems, concerns or suggestions, please drop by our office -SUB 216E. We
ASSOCIQTlOn     are there Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Phone 822-3980.
Help support the annual UBC Summer Blood
Donor Clinic by providing a pint of your blood
to help save someone's life. This year's clinic
will be held July 23 & 24, in the Scarfe Building,
11 am-4 p.m.
A series of FREE concerts, these are chamber
music recitals featuring Vancouver's finest
chamber musicians. All concerts take place at
8:00 on Tuesday evenings in the Recital Hall of
the UBC Music Building. All Summer Session
students, their families and members of the
general public are welcome to attend.
Tuesday, July 9   -
Music Building Recital Hall,
8:00 p.m.
FREE outdoor concerts at lunchtime! These
concerts will happen daily on the South Plaza
of SUB, and there will be music to suit
everyone's taste. Bring your lunch and a
FREE FILMS, open to all Summer Session
students, their families and members of the
general public. All films are shown in Lecture
Hall 2 of the Instructional Resources Centre,
(next to Woodward Library) beginning
at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, July A -   The Gods Must Be Crazy II
Friday, July 5       -   Flatliners
Thursday, July 11 -   Pretty Woman
Music of Bach, Schubert, Janacek,
Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky, as performed by
the brilliant young pianist Gloria Wong.
July 4,1991 NEWS
"The first gay pride was a riot!"
by Paul Dayson
The Stonewall riots of 1969,
sparked by a police raid on a New
York gay bar, are a milestone that
marks the beginning of the modern gay liberation movement.
In comparison the first annual Stonewall Festival was a
boisterious Saturday in the West
End's Nelson Park as Vancouver's
lesbian, gay and bisexual communities celebrated the riots' 22nd
About 800 people attended the
event listening to the music and
watching the theatrical entertainment provided. The crowd
ranged from old to young and from
leather biker jackets to Gucci
"What I like about today is
that there is a real air of celebration," said Squieg Conejo who carried a balloon reading "Dykedom."
Gary Chan of the Pacific
Foundation for the Advancement
of Minorities and Equality
(PFAME), sponsors ofthe festival
with Vancouver's Gay and Lesbian Centre, noted the variety of
people represented in the crowd.
Community groups represented ranged from the activity
oriented English Bay Swim Team
to the newly formed professional
Gay and Lesbian Educators of BC
and from the commerce of Little
Sisters bookstore to the services
of Vancouver Lesbian Connection.
"This festival shows we are a
community proud and diversified,"
Chan said.
The festivities also had a political poipt.
As one participant explained:
"Monday to Friday, nine to five, I
go to my office downtown and hide
the fact that I'm a dyke. I put up
with their homophobic jokes, their
sexist remarks, their come ons,
because I need a paycheque to pay
the rent. So coming here means
not being afraid to be who I am.
It's a day of celebration in an otherwise hostile world."
This message was taken to
the streets by a cheerful group of
about 50 lesbians, gays and bisexuals in what was called a Queer
Visibility March.
The march, organized by
Queer Planet, a Vancouver lesbian, gay and bisexual liberation
group, and the Vancouver chapter ofthe AIDS activist group ACT-
UP, was intended to empower homosexuals and bisexuals and
confront people with the denial of
these sexual orientations by society.
Allen Braude, a member of
Queer Planet, said "I felt it was
really a success for the first year.
People were enjoying themselves
and taking over the streets.
They're our streets, too."
Across the street from St.
Paul's, a centre for the care of
AIDS patients, the march paused
for a moment to remember those
who have died from AIDS.
Most bystanders stood and
watched but a few reacted negatively. One threw a coffee cup from
a car and another yelled
"Homesexuality is a sin."
All the news that fits—we print
Interesting things have happened since April, when
The Ubyssey last published. Here are some of these items
of interest to our UBC readers.
Dueck new minister
Central Fraser Valley MLA
Peter Dueck was appointed the
Minister of Advanced Education
on May 29.
Dueck, the fourth Socred to
occupy the post since the last election, returned to the cabinet after
being cleared by the RCMP of allegations that he took travel expenses from a German company
that supplied the health ministry
which he headed until May 1990.
Observers were underwhelmed with the Chilliwack
MLA's appointment.
"I'm suspicious that his appointment is an attempt to win
political points with the access
discussions going on in the Fraser
Valley," said Brad Lavigne, B.C.
chair ofthe Canadian Federation
of Students (CFS).
There has been intense lobbying for a university in the valley, leading Lavigne to think that
the government may be preparing
to offer a degree granting institution to the Fraser Valley.
B.C. budget bad news
The May 21 provincial budget increased post-secondary
education funding by only 4.5 per
cent, well under the national inflation rate of six per cent.
"There's nothing to correct the
damage of years of gross
underfunding of post-secondary
education in BC," said Brad
Lavigne ofthe CFS.
"More and more students are
being brought into a system that
is in a state of basic disrepair,"
said Ed Lavalle, head of the College-Institute Educators of BC.
"This is a repeat of the policies
that almost destroyed our (education) system in the 1982 to 1987
The budget froze funding levels for student assistance and cut
science and technology funding
for the next fiscal year.
Medical incinerator
raises concern
Opponents of a proposed UBC
medical waste incinerator said in
May that the university should
consider an environmental review
of the dangers of the project.
They are disappointed with
the university's continuation of
old methods of dealing with, instead of attempting to reduce,
hazardous waste and are asking
for a study on the effects the incinerator would have on wildlife.
The planned $5million incinerator would replace two incinerators shut down by the environment ministry in 1989 and a third
still operating. The project is a
joint venture of UBC, SFU and
UBC administration
spokespeople have said the incinerator would burn less waste
than the one currently in operation.
New Deans for
law and commerce
The faculties of law and com-
Building the perfect SUB
by Raul Peschiera
By the end of this year, the
Student Union Building will have
gone through some extensive
Room 100E, formerly Dress
For Less, at the north end ofthe
SUB concourse is nearing final
construction and soon four new
offices will be available to the
ombuds office, disabled students'
organization and the environment centre.
The ombudsperson will occupy two of the new rooms, the
front one designated for interviews the back one for conferences, while the other service
organizations will inhabit the remaining two.
The disabled students organization office is specifically designed
for accessibility with lower light
switches and desk.
AMS architect Michael
Kingsmill said that the design of
these new offices will not only offer
accessibility and visibility for these
organizations, but should be more
visually appealing than the previous 100E office.
"The walls wont be as bland
and the windows will let in light
and let people see inside. The SUB
has a shortage of office space and
these new offices should help."
The new office spaces are the
first phase of SUB renovations
slated for the upcoming year.
Starting in September, the SUB
will undergo more construction.
Blue Chip Cookies will move
into the Travel Cuts office and
Travel Cuts will move downstairs to the old word processing
centre. An AMS pizza-by-the-
slice outlet will be located in Blue
Chip's former location.
Should these renovations
successfully pass a fall referendum, the interior ofthe SUB will
be completely restructured by
December. Costs should not exceed $390,000.
merce have just appointed new
Feminist legal scholar Lynn
Smith got promoted from professor to dean ofthe law faculty this
As well Michael A. Goldberg
comes to UBC as professor of urban land planning and dean ofthe
faculty of commerce and business
Buddy, can you spare
$15 mil...
International financier Peter
Wall donated $15 million to UBC
in early April.
The donation is targeted to
set up the Peter Wall Institute for
Advanced Studies, an institute for
scholars to perform advanced research in the humanities and sciences.
The donation was the largest
gift ever given to UBC.
Natives gather at UBC
The 1991 Native Youth Conference was held at UBC May 15-
Native students gathered at
UBC to participate in workshops
on Native issues and hear speakers such as Manitoba legislator
Elijah Harper, symphony conductor John Kim Bell, athlete Alwynn
Morris and Verna Kirkness, director of the UBC First Nations
House of Learning.
Students took seminars on
career preparation and education.
Chinese garden shares
plants with UBC
The famous Nanking garden
in China is sending 40 varieties of
peonies and climbing plants to
UBC's botanical garden.
The garden, which specializes
in raising plants for medicinal
purposes, plans to send seedlings
to the new David Lam Asiatic
Garden in a unique agreement to
co-operate and share plants and
First Nations longhouse a
The sod was turned for the
new UBC First Nations House of
Learning in early June.
Musqueam elders participated in the ceremony, which also
included Governor General Ray
Japanese students
come to UBC
Construction has begun on a
residence for Japanese exchange
students to UBC.
Ritsumeikan-UBC House will
be located by Totem Park residence. It will house 100 Japanese
students each year from
Ritsumeikan University in Japan,
participating in an eight-month
exchange program.
UBC students will be able to
trade places with the students and
study at the Kyoto campus.
The Japanese students arrive
in August and the new residence
will be finishedin January of 1992.
Life during deadlines - THE UBYSSEY
July 4,1991
Phantom wine gums aren't a cheap chew
by Effie Pow
THE mega-musical that we
love to hate, is like a big,
bad, horror flick. And people
from various walks oflife
are spending a lot
of money to eat it
They are
buying assorted
Phantom paraphernalia for under 20
dollars: key chains,
pens, cufflinks, plastic
masks, playing cards,
wine gums, boxer shorts
with glow-in-the-dark
masks, wine gums...
Phantom ofthe Opera
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
until October 23
The Vancouver run of
Phantom ofthe Opera is part of
a five-city Canadian tour. But
the marketing for the show
seems to indicate that Phantom
ofthe Opera could run for an
eternity because corporate
entertainment wants your
children and grandchildren to
see Andrew Lloyd Webber's
Angel ofMusic.
The home town star Jeff
Hyslop plays a neurotic Phantom
with a sharp-edged and sometimes whiney voice. To some
under twelve years old, Hyslop
may be more familiar as the
singing, dancing mannequin in
the syndicated children's
program Today's Special seen on
the Knowledge Network.
The Phantom's musical
pupil and love interest, Christine
Daa6, is portrayed by Patti
Cohenour who also had the role
in the original Broadway
production. Cohenour plays the
female caught between male
forces intensely, and charms the
student and senior audience with
her trilling voice. Christine's
prospective beau Raoul, is played
as a sappy, flat character by
David Rogers whose blond
coiffure is a little too perfect and
whose voice is a little less so
The more amusing character
roles are played by Mary Anne
Barcellona as the Opera's
voluptuous prima donna, Jayne
Lewis as the Opera's ballet
mistress, and Frederick
Donaldson as the leading tenor.
In fact, the mock scenes in the
Opera house are the most
colourful and engaging. All the
other scenes involving the
Phantom and Christine are
either predictable or loaded with
special effects.
Production designer Maria
Bjornson has won well-deserved
awards for her work on Phantom
ofthe Opera. The production is
beautiful to look at with more
than 200 gorgeous costumes and
props, and almost enough to
redeem the $10 million extravaganza and what it represents.
People across the country
will pay a lot of money to see
Phantom ofthe Opera; they will
be able to say that they were
there. It was the cultural event
of their life, almost as big as
Cats—if they were there too.
A huge production like this,
with impeccable sound, elaborate
effects, design and costumes,
serves its purpose. This is what
people are excited about.
If only they wouldn't ignore
Vancouver's classical and
contemporary art productions.
Thelma and Louise makes you think if
you only see one movie this summer...
by Cheryl Niamath
According to the posters,
Thelma & Louise is supposed to
be a movie about two women who
"get a life" because someone tells
them to. It isn't. According to
some promotional literature,
Thelma & Louise is supposed to
be a movie about "two best
friends whose pent-up frustrations lead them on a four day
race against time after a
weekend getaway goes
awry." It isn't.
Thelma & Louise,
written by •first-time
screenwriter Callie
Khourie, is a movie
about two women
(played brilliantly
by Susan
Sarandon and
Geena Davis)
who suddenly
stop acting the
way women are
supposed to act
and suffer the
of breaking
unwritten rules.
Thelma & Louise
Famous Players
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At the beginning of the
movie, Thelma (Davis) and
Louise (Sarandon) are about as
feminine as they can be. Thelma
is a harried housewife in hair
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bully husband Darryl (Christopher McDonald) for
with her Amazing Disappearing
Boyfriend Jimmy (Michael
Madsen), a man who looks and
acts like a cross between Micky
Rourke and Elvis.
Then Louise and Thelma
decide to get away, spend a
weekend fishing in the mountains, and unexpectedly leave
their old lives (and the roles they
had to play) behind for good.
After an attempted rape and
subsequent shooting at a
roadside bar, Thelma and Louise
suddenly find themselves utterly
in charge of their destinies, yet
their choices are still sharply
limited by men.
They drive
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It is a man's world through
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travelling, a fact which the not-
so-symbolic scenery reinforces.
Along their journey, Louise
and Thelma gradually give up
those things which make them
feminine. Thelma stops wearing
skirts and stops curling her hair.
She starts aggressively standing
up for herself. Later she wears
clothing picked up from various
men she and Louise encounter.
Louise gives up on her neat hairdo and trades all her jewellery
for an old man's hat. They both
give up on the eyeliners and
lipsticks and find confidence in
the fact that they are finally
taking control of their lives.
Much has been made of the
fact that all ofthe eight male
characters in the film are
portrayed as jerks to one degree
or another. But all of them, from
Harlan, the sleazy drunk who
dances cheek-to-cheek with
Thelma while keeping one hand
wrapped tightly around the neck
of a beer bottle; to Earl, the
revolting truck driver who makes
obscene overtures to the women
as they pass his truck; to J.D.,
the good-looking hitchhiker who
takes advantage of Thelma's
naive trust, are jerks.
Is Thelma & Louise an anti-
male film because of this?
Obviously all men are not jerks.
But when at least one in four
women can expect to be sexually
assaulted in her lifetime, you
have to wonder.
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Food and Spirits
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by Effie Pow
With the recent hot and sunny weather, it finally feels like
summer in Vancouver, and not like perpetual soggy spring. This is
beach weather for beach reading, you have the usual choice of
flashy paperbacks featuring romance and intrigue. But new
releases from local Press Gang Publishers offer reading material
with a bite.
Dream On is a book of poetry that says the political conflicts of
life always co-exist with the pain and beauty of love. Seattle writer,
artist and activist Chrystos outlines a flavourful memory and a
sensuous identity of lesbianism, as well as a scathing message
about Natives suffering and surviving.
The first poem of Dream On sets the tone for this last theme:
We are the butt of jokes, the gimmicks for ad campaigns
romanticized into oblivion So carefully obscured
that many think we are all dead
Chrystos's poetry stems from personal experiences and presents issues such as classism, racism, homophobia, and accessibility
for the disabled in an intimate context.
Her poem What Did He Hit You With The Doctor Said is about
lesbian battering. The writer reveals how love can be a weapon and
a purple bruise of physical abuse can still throb with desire.
In addition to these significant issues, Chrystos describes the
wonderful banalities of making dinner, looking out the window or
washing the dishes and thinking about one's daily rituals and
Chrystos's style conveys bitter reality with a caustic tone, but
also adeptly invokes "beautiful" imagery about love and nature:
We are Lesbian redwoods We are Lesbian rain forests we are
Lesbian rock formations we are Lesbian canyons we are
Lesbian desert pines we are Lesbian lizards...
we are the Lesbian sky
Dream On, Chrystos's second book of poetry, consists of 86
poems with reproductions of her own sketches serving as section
dividers. The titles themselves often lead directly into the poems.
Chrystos will read at the WISE Club on July 6.
• • •
Beth Brant's slim volume of eight short stories is.consistently
simple. Brant's clarity makes Food & Spirits an easy
read, but her stories lack some literary lustre.
Food & Spirits includes a re-telling of personal
history, surviving abuse, facing death, and
resolving family memories.
The title story refers briefly to
music, stories, food and friends—
all of which are made more
pleasurable during lazy
days of sunshine.
For the
summer, the list
should include
a good book or
two. Ensure
your brain
doesn't melt
in the neat.
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WHEN you ask Doug
Coupland whether he sees
himself as a spokesperson for the
~   young, he gets a little perturbed.
"Why suppose that I should
feel free to set myself up as a
spokesman for anyone else? It's
rather presumptuous, I'd say. I
just hope to have people identify
with the novel," Coupland said.
The 30-year-old author has
been asked the above question a
lot following the spring release of
his first novel, Generation X:
Tales For An Accelerated
Culture, published by
McClelland and Stewart.
Especially since an excerpt ofthe
novel was run in Saturday Night
magazine in May.
with Vancouver novelist
Doug Coupland
Generation X is a unique
novel as the characters are
almost all from the nebulous
group (aged 18 to 30) dubbed
"twentysomething" by the
mainstream media.
It looks at three friends in
their twenties who, caught in
boring jobs and unfulfilling lives,
go to Palm Springs, California to
find spiritual fulfillment and a
sense of community. The novel
explores the subcultures and
aspirations of the post "baby
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Although Coupland balks at
setting himself up as someone
speaking in our name, he is
pleased that some people "are
identifying quite strongly with
some ofthe themes ofthe novel."
"What I'm hearing is that
the experiences that I've brought
out in the book via the characters, while they don't propose to
speak for the generation, are
causing a lot of people to identify
with my work. It's the first time
that they've ever seen the print
version of what they are feeling,"
he said.
"I thought the directions
that my thoughts were going as I
wrote the novel were pretty
freaky, pretty obscure and it
turns out that my thoughts were
those of a majority."
Coupland believes that
although young people throughout history have always been
searching for a place in society,
several factors have made this
generation's search for meaning
unique in history.
He feels the proliferation of
nuclear weapons, widespread
divorce, the onset of television,
an extremely cynical political
environment, environmental
destruction, a decreased importance of religion and a general
distrust of organizations in
general has caused many to
"have a sense of diminished
expectations about what we can
possibly expect from the future."
"Those factors are more than
enough to cause different
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images of an era
only a handful of
people can boast of
experiencing. After
nearly five decades of
creating musical
mastery, guitarist Lowell
Fulson brought the past to
the present and enamored
himself into the minds of most of
us who are too young to know the
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personalities and a very different
set of cultures in the young,
especially, when you compare us
to what our parents were at our
age," he said. "It's been left up to
younger people to come up with
new mythologies and new ways
to deal with things like the
nuclear presence because old
people refuse to deal with it."
"Nowadays, for example,
younger kids put something in
the microwave and nuke it, they
make jokes about nuclear war
being bad for your hair and
they've developed ways to deal
with it. I remember though, lying
in bed when I was five or six
worrying about a nuclear war
and not being able to sleep,"
Coupland said.
"Generation X is in many
ways an attempt to create
stories, to make sense of all these
new elements of our world."
Coupland is hopeful because
today's young people are literate
and thoughtful and can cope
with these social changes,
despite what those who grew up
in the sixties feel.
"Give us a break please. To
hear some of these people
talk, you'd think they want
another Vietnam. Our generation isn't worse than theirs—it's
just different," he said.
"When some of the new
information or beliefs come in,
some ofthe old stuff has to go.
The old people can get cranky
and say "Back in my day, things
were better...' but we have to
make our own decisions. Although they're often intuitive
ones, I think they are often
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last seat. A gold front tooth and   ,
jewel-shrouded fingers flashed at I
the audience as Fulson's voice
boomed off the stage and his
hands laxed to a slow burn.
Backup was provided by the solid
local band The Demons, whose
talents complimented Fulson
with driving rhythms to the
snail-paced single notes that
throbbed the dance floor.
With nearly one hundred
songs to his credit and a career
that falls just short of five
decades, the music of Lowell
Fulson has survived the boundaries of time and change. With
hits in the forties, fifties and
sixties, Fulson has explored
beyond his "bluesman" label,
with success, in swing, rhythm
and blues, and country.
In the words of one satisfied
admirer, "Blues is where he's at.'"
The blues is where Lowell Fulson
is at, but it also is where he has
been. The meeting of a musician
ofthe past and an audience of
today provided an opportunity
for the past to become initiated
into the present.
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July 4,1991 Sweeping it under the rug
An article by Terry Gould in the May issue of
Vancouver Magazine chronicled the long history ofsexism
tolerated by the administration on campus.
Gould's main focus was on the actions of some
engineers and how their intolerant behaviour has been
protected for years under the banner of freedom of
speech while those who chose to protest were told to keep
their mouths shut.
It was no surprise that the administration did not
take kindly to Gould's article. The article recounts the
recent history of UBC's male administration and their
tendancy to muzzle the word from getting out about the
engineer's misogynist activities.
The administration's reaction to Gould's article was
hardly surprising. The first thing they did was to try to
find the informant in the article. They phoned different
professors on campus who might possibly fit the description. Typically, they tried to find someone to reprimand
rather than look at the bigger picture—the misogyny on
UBC daycare forced to join
corporate world
It's a sad week on campus. This is the first time ever
that the 12 autonomous parent-managed daycares are
no longer autonomous or parent-managed. The umbrella
organization ofthe daycares, the UBC Childcare Society, no longer exists. On July 1st the UBC daycare
became another corporate citizen and the administration
became the corporate manager.
The history ofthe take-over is essentially this: the
Childcare Society took too much time signing a lease
agreement with the university. When the Society did not
come up with a consensus soon enough the university
decided it wanted a smoother-running bureaucracy.
The take-over itself was ruthless and autocratic.
There was no consultation with the parents, hardly a
warning. Eviction notices were issued on March 8th and
parents could choose to leave or stay if they signed over
their power-making decisions. Of course this can't really
be called a choice.
For 22 years parents have spent countless volunteer
hours and resources running cost-effective daycares
that provided high-quality services. Every centre had its
unique character born of much parent cooperation and
responsibility. Every center had its individual quirks
and wonderful atmosphere. It's these elements that
create the daycare "community" and it's in these communities that children should be raised.
Children should not be raised in a slick corporate
environment where decisions are centralized, where the
running of the daycare is standardized and where the
decisions are administered at armslength by people who
label the takeover as "the paternal approach."
While there is little use lamenting over what has
happened, we sincerely hope the university administration does not try to convert the daycares into a a well-
oiled corporate citizen. We hope they realize that they
have never run daycares before but that parents have,
and have done so skil fully and should not be further
alienated. We fear the quality of daycare will be seriously jeopardized if the university continues its highhanded and condescending manoeuvres.
the Ubyssey
July 4,1991
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The sun was just stting behind Buchanon Tower when the
idea for staging Macbeth at 24 Ik hit Yggy King in the head
like a Shakespearean sonnet. Christina Chen directed and
casted Paul Dayson as the three witches. Martin Chester
set to work building a catwalk out of empty pizza boxes
while Helen Willoughby-Price volunteered to shave
someone's head. Anyone would do, and Effie Pow tried to
arrange for a trick chandelier or at least some good wine
gums. Chung Wong had to remind people not to say
Macbeth. Something about demonic verses in the text.
Rick Hiebert laughed at the superstition until the light
fixtures collapsed underneath him. Sharon Lindores tried
in vain to give away tickets in the Subway cafeteria.
Cheryl Niamath suggested switching to Hamlet, thinking
something more upbeat might attract Ela3ine Griffith and
her performing wallabies, but Don Mah said it would only
attract people like Paul Gordon and anyway what's so
upbeat about Hamlet? Karen Young said something about
the Phantom of the Paper and Hao Li found some funky
masks under all the junk on the table, but Raul Peschiera
just said NO!
Paul Dayson   • Sharon Undores •  Raul Peschiera
Effie Pow  •  Carla Maftechuk
I was very happy when
my son, Thomas, started
daycare at the Summer of
'73 Daycare on campus a few
months ago. It was sort of a
full circle—one of my
daughters had started at
Canada Goose Daycare on
campus in the summer of
1973 almost 18 years ago.
Things hadn't changed
much—new buildings and
new people—but still the
same positive dynamic for
children that I had remembered—due in large part, in
my opinion, to the fact that
the daycares are parent cooperatives. I have had children in non-co-op daycare.
It was generally ok, but
definitely not as good for the
Now the university administration wants to run
the daycares (The Ubyssey
March 22). They think they
can do a better job. I believe
they are well intentioned,
and there are problems in
the daycares that the University could certainly help
with—in particular finances,
but helping and running are
two different things.
This brings me to the
subject of toast. The university in general can't make
good toast. I don't want to
single out any particular location—but generally the
toast is bad. Now that is
strange—because I can
make toast and so can you.
Now, there are exceptions
on Campus or at least there
were—Delia, Doris and Co.
at the old Bus Stop could
make toast: why?—because
the toasters were right there
where the person servingyou
could just do it. Whenever
the toast has to be handled
by more than one person
something goes wrong.
Back to daycare Is the
university, which can't make
good toast, going to provide
better daycare than parents?
I doubt it.   They want to
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retain parent input and
maybe it would work, but
why run the risk of ruining
all the daycares? Why don't
they just take over one that
is in financial trouble and
see how they do; operate it
as an alternative to parent
co-op daycare? There are
parents who don't want or
can't handle the time demands of co-op. Fine—serve
their needs. People are different. Diversity in daycare
is good. Homogeneous, uniform daycare legislated and
controlled from on high is
not as good.
Speaking of finances,
the university has promised
that under the new scheme
fees would remain "comparable" for two years. After
that they talk about "cost
recovery" with help given to
needy students. Since my
son will be gone from daycare
by then, I personally don't
have too much to worry
about, but there is a larger
issue, that of affordable
daycare for the university
community. With the exception of students with demonstrated poverty (and students often tell me how difficult it is to convince the
university bureaucracy of
their poverty), all other students and all staff and faculty may face very significant fee increases. How significant? If all the unpaid
parent time is replaced by
fully paid professional staff,
the costs could increase by
50%. The university has already indicated it doesn'tlike
the way the parents clean
and maintain the centres.
This is the same university
that seems unable to keep
rainwater from leaking
through the ceiling in my
office or the lights operating
in one end of my research
lab. The daycare that my
son is in is as well maintained as most places on
campus—especially when
you consider that there are
25 children intent on rear
ranging it every day.
Jim Carolan
Physics Dept.
p.s. Mike Tretheway has
responded to The Ubyssey
coverage of March 22 with a
letter (The Ubyssey March
27) questioning The
Ubyssey's use of the term
"hostile takeover" with regard to the daycares. I consider a letter from alawfirm
with 33 lawyers' names on
the heading telling a nonprofit daycare society which
has functioned for almost 18
years to move or close in 3
months "hostile." It is true
that some parents probably
welcome the takeover, but
people also welcomed the
Trojan horse. Mike should
be more explicit; this takeover was not his first choice
for a solution to the problems in daycare.
Mike is very knowledgeable about daycare and
correctly delineates some of
the current problems—all of
which boil down to money.
But again, if the university
is going to increase the cost
of operating the centres and
going to recover costs, the
fees will go up. This is hardly
a solution for daycare which
is already expensive. We
will end up with only daycare
for the subsidized poor and
the very rich with those in
the middle class increasingly
squeezed out.
Mike argues with The
Ubyssey claim that daycares
"work well." But that is
Mike, the Commerce prof,
talkingaboutfinances. From
the point of view of Mike, the
parent, the daycares do work
well. Twenty years from now
Mike's judgement of the
daycares will be based on
how they affected his
children's growth and development—not on how
many times he washed the
daycares' floor s or how many
financial crises the daycares
A taxing tax
I submit that the elimination ofthe B.C. Fuel Tax is a
positive initiative worthy of
full public debate.
The positive effects would
- more out of Province tourists travelling throughout
- less B.C. residents going
south to cross border shop
which now amounts to $350
million annually
- more B.C. residents staying at home to travel and
vacation in our beautiful
- lower transportation costs,
- a more even playing field
with our U.S. counterparts,
- eliminate the current disparity which, because of geography, permits those close
to the border the opportunity to purchase cheap U.S.
If the oil companies in
B.C. would eliminate the
silly coupon charade and offer a slight discount for cash
as they do in the U.S. We
could match and beat the
Americans in head-on, open
The total ofthe B.C. tax
i s 11.49 cents per litre which
is greater than all U.S.Washington State tax of
11.32 cents.
How do we raise the
equivalent loss of revenue in
B.C.? There are a number of
alternatives but certainly a
Sales Tax adjustment of 11/
2% to 7 1/2% would more
than replace the current Fuel
Tax revenue and would compare favourably to Washington State's Sales Tax of
I am looking for public
input on this vital subject.
Please write me your
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Self-hatred for self-esteem
by Chung Wong
In elementary schools,
the chants of "chink" and
other sounds resembling "a
spoon falling down the
stairs" ring fresh in our
minds like ghosts of our
past. After all, that is how
they say we "name our
So we change our names
to Jack, Jill and John instead of Ching, Chang and
In newspapers, we are
called the "rich"—it seems
the only rich—invaders of
Canada's economy, we are
"thieves" that steal jobs.
It doesn't pay to dress-
up or drive a car—you might
get "beaten to
death by a
baseball bat."
It doesn't pay
to dress down either: you
might get harassed by a cop
or deported by a crusading
politician for being part of a
In lunch rooms, we sit
alone, by ourselves, with our
heads down—we "all look the
In universities, professors have perceived us as
those who cannot write.
In movies, we are either
____________  wimps, in
need of rescue or filthy
  criminals—defeated a thousands
times the Rambo-way. That
is the role society wants us
to play.
In society, we are considered culturally sterile; no
one really wants to talk to
us. To get ahead, it doesn't
pay to be wi*"h "people of
this kind."
For high positions in
life, a job, we are never first
choice (don't confuse decision with choice).
On our own, we are
alone. In a group, we are
called "cliquish" or a threat
to society. We are always
the immigrants, the "new
Canadians," never Canadians. We are constitutionally castrated. In this
country, in this province,
in this city, in our "place."
July 4, 1991 POTPOURRI
Ex-Thunderbird has
leonine aspirations
by Martin Chester
Matt Clarke may have found
the answer to the question "What
are you going to do with your BA?"
The UBC political science
graduate who worked as a door
attendant at the Pit Pub and wrote
for The
Ubyssey last
year, is
fighting for a
spot on the
BC Lions
was a late
addition to
the Lions'
camp in
Kelowna but
he has impressed the
staff enough
for them to
keep him
around after
the team returned to Vancouver. The general
opinion ofthe Lions' was reflected
by ex-Lion receiver Jim Young who
said: "he certainly looks good as a
long snapper."
Clarke will be dressing for
the Lions' final warm up game on
Thursday night.
The five year veteran linebacker with the UBC
Thunderbirds was invited to camp
as a long snapper for the punting
and field goal teams, but this speciality may not be enough to make
the team.
"They had trouble with the
long snap last year and that's
something I do well," Clarke said
after practice on Thursday. "If I
can do well at the other things I
might be able to stick." He has
been working on the punt coverage teams and as a back-up linebacker.
"I really think that I have a
good chance (to make the team),
but the coach says you just have to
those things
you can control—they
make the
dressed as a
for the
Lion's first
against the
last week.
He said the
pace of the
game was
difficult to
get used to.
"Special teams went okay, but the
defence... I made a couple (of)
mental errors," he said.
His first experience at a CFL
training camp has been tough,
especially mentally, Clarke said.
"Emotionally it was quite a
stressful time."
Familiar faces like T-Birds'
head coach Frank Smith who was
a guest coach at camp made the
experience easier.
The T-Birds were also represented by veteran centre Leo
Groenwagon (a T-Bird in Clarke's
first year at UBC) and Craig Keller
who pulled his groin early in camp
and was cut.
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der profound damages to Chinese
communities, he said.
"Anyone who turns on the
station will be exposed indiscriminately to it. Racist attitudes
are cultivated and left to grow
without constraint."
"The station is feeding freely
to bigots," he said. "Calling feng
shui Voodoo' and making remarks
such as 'there are already too many
Chinese' appear subtle but are
Said To: "Not all Chinese buy
big houses, cut down trees, spend
their time on horse races and
playing mah-jong, speak Chinese
and refuse to accept Canadian society."
Attempts to represent Chinese
people positively are made futile
by the onslaught of negative portrayals, she said.
Yee felt the play tried to use
racial shock to get a listener's attention.
"They (CBC) used sensationalized stories and issues to attract
attention...killingaperson will also
attract attention," he said.
However, Juliani has persistently denied any allegation of rac
ism in the program. "It's one thing
to be upset but another to charge it
with racism. It's impossible to remain objective since Parton's article."
CBC Radio eventually issued
an apology, written by Juliani and
director Robert Sunter, to the offended Chinese communities for
any misunderstanding, but both
To and Yee say it is far from repairing damages incurred by the
"The apology is not sincere,"
Yee said. "They said they had done
nothing wrong but are sorry that
we are upset."
"The danger is CBC does not
seem to understand where the
problem is nor appreciate the
negligence in producing such a
program," he added. "It should
publicly acknowledge, through
newspapers and other shows,
problems involved in this show, so
stereotyping will stop."
CBA has requested that Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
(CRTC) reveal problems incurred
by the Dim-Sum Diaries while
SUCCESS has brought the matter
to several members of parliament.
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Boat breaks barriers
for Chinese women
by Christina Cha-U Chen
To break the bonds of Chinese
tradition and Canadian stereotyping, a group of Chinese-Canadian women braved new waters with their wave-breaking boat
for the second consecutive year.
Genesis, a boat rowed solely
by Chinese-Canadian women,
competed in this year's Dragon
Boat Race at False Creek on June
23—but not without undercurrents.
"Many of (the rowers) were
torn between commitment to their
family and to the team," said team
captain Norma Costigan, who also
engineered last year's Genesis.
"Chinese people are somewhat
more family-oriented, especially
the stereotyped females.
"They (the parents) expect
more obedience from the daughters. They'd probably be more lenient if it was their sons."
One of last year's Genesis
rowers said the team was making
a statement about the 'new Chinese generation' in North
America, after referring to historical Chinese stereotypes related to laundromats and restaurants.
People frequently neglect to
treat Chinese women with respect
because of stereotypes, Costigan
"They don't see us in competitive sports. Instead, they call us
cute and want us to conform to the
image of'China dolls' by suggesting how we should cut our hair.
They don't take us seriously."
The competition, although
traditionally a Chinese event, has
mostly non-Asian rowers in
Genesis, meaning "a new beginning," reflects the hope of its
founders: that together Chinese
women may gain a new level of
self-awareness by striving towards a common goal.
Costigan remembered last year's
race as a "nerve-wracking" experience. Last year the team had
waited in the holding area before
the race and observed bigger
rowers from other teams. "You
could see the nervous energy from
the team. I think the first race
shocked a lot of the girls."
Costigan added that this
year's rowers were much more
"(Our size) didn't cast a doubt
on our confidence or hinder our
positive feelings—we were hyped-
up and optimistic." said Bianca
Zee, a first-time rower.
But many full-time students
and working women on the team
found stroking more than four
days a week from February to
June in practice heats a challenging demand.
Co-founder Jeannie Szeto
said being part ofthe team helped
her discover an inner strength she
did not know she had.
"It's difficult being a captain
because you have to be a propeller. You can't break down with
them (the rowers) even though
you want to," said Szeto, who had
previously rowed in mixed teams.
"I saw a new strength in myself
over the past year."
Several rowers said they grew
up in non-Asian communities, and
agreed that being with other Chinese-Canadian women was a special experience.
"The best thing about joining
the team is the team spirit and
the common goal," Zee said. "Although we are serious about it
andit'salot of hard work, we have
fun and everybody becomes really
In their final race, the rowers
improved their previous time by
one minute, but did not win.
"We did good time. It was better than some mixed and international teams," Costigan said.
Zee added: "Everyone's happy
about it even though (not winning)
was disappointingbecause we had
put in so much time and effort."
Rowers have been recruited
by word-of-mouth and by referrals
from the Chinese Cultural Centre.
There have been no requirements
other than being Chinese, female,
and completely committed to the
Costigan said recruitment
guidelines next year will depend
on the number of applicants.
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