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Array VOL 75, NO. 34
"There is little that
is sacred to a scanner."
Vancouver, British Columbia, February 9,1993
I     HE library line up in South Korea begins before dawn.
JL Earlier a 19-year-old student jumped to her death from her
apartment in November after a poor showing in school. Another
student died of self-immolation after she failed an exam.
These two young women are among dozens of stress-related
yearly student suicides in South Korea. They cracked under the
national entrance exams pressure for top South Korean universities.
For a three-month period of ipshi jiok or "exam hell," several
million students cram up to 20 hours a day as the December 22 exams
deadline approaches.
Anyone who sleeps more than four hours fails exams. Many
students will practice quizzes as part of their breakfast ritual.
Even a 98 per cent high school average will not ensure those
coveted university spots. Only the top 25 per cent who successfully
completed the nine-hour test will move on to the top universities.
Those who fail the exam will fail to find good employment
Almost every year Korea's students have earned top science and
mathematics scores on international placement tests, fuelling the
nation to better its standards.
Canadian students in comparison usually fare a full ten percentage
points behind as in they did in the 1991 International Assessment of
Educational Progress for 13 year olds. But unlike their Korean
counterparts, they have considerably less university entrance worries.
Still B.C. educators want to dramatically lessen student pressure:
as pan of B.C.'s controversial Year 2000 program, pre-university
grade levels will be abolished and so will marks for what used to be
Grades 1 to 3.They are considering scrapping marks until Grade 10.
At the implemented "Primary Level" which groups together all
students until Grade 3, report cards have only comments called
"anecdotal reports" but no marks.
The Intermediate level will group together grades 4 to 10 next
year and Graduation Level will group  Grades 11 to 12 by 1995.
Provincial and scholarship exams in Grade 12 will continue.
"The latest draft for the Year 2000 program indicated that the
phasing out of (letter) grades will be optional for the Intermediate
level," said education ministry spokesperson Gerald Morton.
Morton said "it's very unlikely" that letter grades would be
stricken from final high school years.
But the push for the high letter grades show no signs of receding
in homes headed by parents used to Asian education systems.
One third-year UBC student, a St. George's School graduate.
AIMING for a better future: Ray Lau takes time off from his UBC studies.
who did not want to be named, recently left home because of
increased yelling and physical disciplining.
"My mother would mention school work two to three times a day
and there would be a full-blown lecture every two days," said the 20
year old.
His parents object to the time he spends on extra-curricular
activities as a hospital fundraiser, an intramurals volleyball captain,
a tutor and a part-time lifeguard and swimming instructor.
But not all Asians mind the pi-rental pressure.
UBC scholarship student Jane Chua, 18, said that while grades
are dear to her, her parents don'tmind abad mark—provided she diet
her best.
"When I was younger, it was my parents who always pushed me
to succeed, but now, it's the competitive spirit in me that makes me
want to do my best," said Chua, who studies 25 hours a week.
Despite her good grades, Chui does not study all the time. The
Pre-Medical Society member dances in a UBC funk class, plays
tennis twice weekly, volunteers at University Hospital, and works
part-time at her parents' store.
UBC frosh Suzy Ong, 18, said that "being Asian has a lot to do
with my wanting good grades."
"I don't mean to say that only Asians study hard," Ong said, who
studies 15 hours a week. "It's just that having come to Canada only
four years ago, I see a difference between the way people from Hong
Kong and people from Canada regard their studies."
Students with letter grades further along on the alphabet will be
relieved to know that many employers are focusing more on a
student's personality, extra-curricular initiatives, and leadership.
"It's very important for them to fit in withothers," said Christopher
Green of the Hongkong Bank of Csinada. "Some people are
academically good but don't work well with people."
While club activities are considered leadership indicators, those
who participate in athletics. Green said, are viewed as less of a health
risk, the people who "take less time off."
Many employers feel B.C.'s Year 2000 program is aligned with
their hiring procedures. However, educators are being squeezed
between the demands of parents and those from employers. But most
parents are more particular about careers than grades.
Said parent Josie Hidalgo: "If [my son] picks up a profession that
I know will cause him heartache then I'll do my best to discourage
him and turn him towards business."
'Deadly' discipline at UBC
BLACK-CLAD men and
women of all ages meet at a
basement at UBC every Tuesday and
Friday night, carrying on an ancient
Chinese martial arts legacy.
In full-flight "light sparring,"
Wing Chun kung-fu exhibits the
potential for utter devastation as ultra-
quick, powerful hands move
intuitively in threatening blurs,
politely breaking short of full impact.
Wing Chun means "praise the
springtime," but the harmless title
belies the deadlier aspects of the art.
"Don't call it self-defense," said
Dr. G.K. Khoe, a chemical engineer
who instructs Wing Chun at the Asian
Centre basement "You don't want to
apply it—it's too deadly."
Khoe compares its deadliness to
"If someone takes your wallet,
you don't want to mow him down,"
he said. "It's too much."
The master has preserved this
ancient martial arts system for a
decade, during practices that have
become weekly rituals for hisstudents.
Khoe was on a sabbatical from
Holland in the early 1980s when
approached by a group of 12
Vancouver residents who wanted
to learn Wing Chun.
He was initially reluctant to
teach the discipline, but wanted to
pass on his knowledge to another
generation. Tide AMS Internal
Wing Chun Kung-fu club has now
prospered into its eleventh year
and remains the only Chinese AMS
martial arts club.
Martial spirit on campus
The Smoothest Way To The Bumps
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Annual General Meeting
of the Alma Mater Society
Wednesday, February 17,1993
Student Union Building, Room 206
12:00 p.m.
• AMS Interim Financial Statements as of 31 December 1992
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• President's Annual Report
• General Manager's Annual Report - Review of Business
Operations 1992
"I.Be it resolved that Peat Marwick Thorne be retained as the
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Columbia for the ensuing fiscal year.
• Handing over of the gavel and brief
statements by the incoming AMS President.
All members of the Alma Mater Society are
invited and encouraged to attend.
Refreshments are available.
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in housing
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studies in housing are awarded by Canada Mortgage and
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Scholarship winners are chosen competitively by a national
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engineering, environment, business and public administration,
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planning and history.
A Guideline and Application form may be obtained from your
university office responsible for graduate studies or student awards.
Or write to:
Administrator, Scholarship Program
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Your request for a form must reach Ottawa by March 9,1993.
In turn, your application for the 1993-1994 academic year must
be sent to CMHC by your university no later than April 8,1993.
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Canada VbL 75, No. 34
Tuesday, February 9,1993
Ml II MM**!,)-,,) II
the tiger
in China
young Chinese left their
economically-ravaged homeland in
droves for a better life in the WesL
Today fewer people are leaving
China as they now relish a life that is
drastically different from the one
that drove them to the Tiananmen
Square protests: Cars, VCRs, dance
parties and karaoke bars have now
become attainable thrills.
Before when an energy-drained
China was bled by hyperinflation,
its impoverished citizens watched
corrupt politicians drive large cars
and make big bucks. Now regular
people are taking their turn at the
wheel and making the cash.
China's government has
effectively calmed its people with
better living standards and an
entrepreneurial spirit
Cars are hitting the streets as
fast as factories can produce them.
.And motorcycles, color TVs, VCRs
and video cameras line store front
shelves in several rows.
Former student Jeyne Chan, a
pro-democracy activist in 1989,
recently conducted a business visit
in China and says the mood has
changed remarkably in her
'The only thing people are
talking about is how to make money,"
she says.
Though the nation's human
rights record still rates as the worst
in Asia, Chan says, "Nobody cares
that much about the democracy
"The life there is apparently a
lot better than three or four years
ago. You can do whatever you want
as long as it's not demonstrating on
the; street.
"I think that people have begun
to realize any turmoil will hurt
themselves eventually."
That lesson was learned when
international economic sanctions
aimed against China's government
effectively punished its people.
UBC graduate and former
mainland China graduate student
Jiang Wei, now a financial consultant
in Vancouver, says China's people
are currently mesmerized by
opportunities they never had before.
"I think theChinese government
has learned a lot from the 1989
event That is why they give people
more economic freedom.
Democracy will prevail in China
eventually with better living
Since China started its
international open-door economic
reforms in 1979, its Gross National
Product has grown at a yearly rate of
nine per cent, one of the world's
Caught on the call by an outsider
THE victims have been humiliated.
Charles. Bud. Bourassa.
It may be technology but there are no laws. At least not
ones to catch the cracker.
Radio hacks are tapping into confidential conversations
simply with goods from Radio Shack. And the victims are
mobile, cordless and cell phone users.
"There's little that is sacred to a scanner," said Gordie Jay
of Dubberly's in Vancouver.
"I get a lot of senior citizens who are tired of watching TV
and want some other form of entertainment"
Dubberly said he could tap into a cell phone transmission
within fifteen minutes given a general location and phone network.
But for the "entire" dialogue he would need two scanners for two
phones. A scanner need only stand outside a house to listen for
a cordless phone call
No UBC bigwig has yet been caught with the phone off the
hook as eavesdroppers face interference from UBC's multi-
million dollar nuclear KAON experiment where atoms are split
KAON coincidentally interferes with car alarms.
The cracking of cell phone calls is simple for an experienced
hack: you just have to be in the same cell or area (usually a 2-13
km radius) with a high frequency scanner usually in the range of
800 to 900 Megahertz.
The cell concept almost akin to a radio broadcast was a 1947
Bell Telephone invention which finally launched in Great Britain
in 1985.
As soon as the caller leaves a cell neighborhood you lose the
call. The frequency switches.
Thus it is difficult to track a specific call. That is unless
you're a persistent tabloid employee.
"We tell people to refrain from talking about sensitive or
highly competitive information on a cellular phone," said Debra
Hamilton of BC Tel Mobility,,
In the U.S., eavesdropping is illegal but not in Camada.
Said one North Vancouver scanner enthusiast: "It's
better than TV. I spent Halloween night listening to the
policc.once I heard a friend of mine become witness to a
stabbing...it was a total fluke.
"I even heard Jimmy Pattison's house was sprayed with gun
fire three or four years ago. No one was hurt but it sounded like
someone had a grudge against him."
Police officers will often use pay phones to avoid
eavesdroppers on serious crimes.
Almost one million Canadians own scanners, including
Eavesdroppers prey on wireless phone users   photo by rosa tseng
drug traffickers and thieves. Roughly the same number own cell phones. B.C. has
about 130,000 cell phone users and the number is expected to double in two years.
Radio Shack scanners are altered so they may not pick up cell phone calls but
experts say only a slight alteration can convert them for eavesdropping.
Communications Minister Perrin Beatty proposed Last month to change the
Radio Communications Act and the Criminal Code so that maximum fines of
$25,000 and prison sentences can be handed to eavesdroppers. Cell phone companies
have even lobbied for scanner bans.
But hard-core electronic eavesdroppers aren't despairing. With some basic
know-how, a solder gun, they can make a scanner from old TV parts.
E-mail intimacy: uncensored material
LONE individual—not
the Cable News Network—signalled
the first news of the Gulf War to
Vancouver by triggering a global
electronic computer message.
And despite being surrounded
by tanks ordered by the Soviet
Union's 1991 coup leaders, Boris
Yeltsin's electronic mail passed
uncensored to the outside world as
the insurgents controlled state
television, radio, and newspapers.
The power ofE-mail also helped
US President Bill Clinton who sent
his address electronically across the
The revolution has just begun.
Carefree teenagers and the
twenty-something group see E-
mail as a free-for-all anything goes
playground for writing.
E-mail, short for electronic
mail, has given birth to an invisible
anarchic global village where
anything can be said with absolutely
no policing. All you need is a
computer linked to a modem.
Friendships are made between
strangers. And sometimes even
marriages. People write without fear.
People answer without fear.
"It is the greatest thing a lonely,
money-poor, time-rich student could
ever have," said Carleton University
student Wen Bing in an E-mail
"This is a wonderland of
networking where you do not have to
spend a penny."
Adds UCLA student Zhao Hua:
"Itkeepsmeaway from TV and draws
me closer with many friends I never
really met."
Hua equates his electronic
mailbox to the "ringing of the phone."
It makes people feel wanted.
Ideally-suited for the inhibited,
the atmosphere of E-mail excludes
the visual and audio prejudices of
face-to-face dialogue. Intimate
feelings can be relayed to a complete
stranger without visual barriers.
Before fatally shooting several
faculty members last fall at Concordia
University in Montreal, engineering
professor Valeri Fabrikant sent a
blanket call for help to the 800,000
hosts ofE-mail'sworld-wide network
Internet. His E-mail message
reached UBC faculty who were
puzzled over his plight
E-Mail lets people know
instantaneously what is happening
at any corner of the world:
altdesertstorm was an electronic
news bulletin for the Gulf War.
"It is the best thing since sliced
bread," said Zuofeng Li, a
University of Washington
It takes only a few minutes to
send E-mail from UBC to almost
anywhere in the world—even China
and Cuba. The sender mails a
message from a computer linked
via telephone lines and satellite to
another computer.
A UBC user can purchase a E-
mail account which is hooked up to
InterNet, the US-based E-mail
pioneer connecting 108 nations.
E-mail can send text in any
language, graphics and even voices.
There are three forms: person-to-
person, bulletin board and wide
distribution used by electronic
The volunteer-run ChinaNews
Digest (CND) has for four years
sent news daily in English to more
than 20,000 E-mail subscribers
world-wide. During China's 1989
student demonstrations, CND kept
Chinese students overseas informed.
Said Qiaobing Xie, a UBC Phd
student: "Whenever our E-mail
system broke down, I felt like I was
blind and deaf."
CND recently launched the
world's first Chinese electronic news
weekly called Hua Xia Wen Zai
which circulates among 10,000
It is very difficult to control the
flow of information, however.
Recently UBC investigated the
distributionof pornographic material
on Usenet which houses all the news
groups. About 15 news groups
channel sex mail. A couple deal
strictly with pornography. But E-
mail was designed the to be void of
By the year 2000 E-mail users
expect the possibility of
simultaneously watching a movie
with a person living on the Amazon
River and chat face to face with
them at the same time on the screen. February 9,1993
\tol. 75, No. 34
is now accepting Proposals for the
Proposals must:
1) Be as specific as possible
2) Include the following information:
name of group requesting funds
number of people working on project
name of a contact person (include telephone #)
who will benefit from the project
description of the project in detail
a summarizing paragraph including the most salient
the amount of money requested
sources of other funds if applicable.
There is a limit of one proposal per particular group of
graduating students.
There is a upper limit of $3,000 for each proposal.
Past projects/gifts included anything from a student garden to
a talking book fund for Crane Library - be creative.
Each group must be prepared to give a short presentation of
their idea to the members of Grad Class at the end of
The deadline for proposals is 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, February
17th, 1993 and is final. No proposal will be accepted after
this date.
Proposals will be received at SUB Room 238.
Please contact Thrasso Petras, c/o SUB 238,
822-3971 if you have any questions.
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Body distortions exposed:
Katherine Gildav's Famine Within
ALL, thin, with
big breasts and no
flaws" is how one woman describes
the ideal body. "35-25-35, 5 foot 8
inches or taller, around 115 lbs,"
confirms a modelling agent in
Katherine Gilday's powerful
documentary film The Fa-nine
The average North American
woman is 5 foot 3 inches and weighs
144 lbs.
The Famine Within (1990,90
min) is a well-structured and
intelligent investigation into
society's obsession with thinness
and the "perfect" female body.
Canadian filmmaker Gilday
explores how these concepts are
enforced and undermine women's
self-worth, often leading to the
debilitating disorders of anorexia
and bulimia.
She weaves interviews of
shocking information with touching
personal accounts by women
struggling with these disorders.
Almost 100 people saw the film
on Thursday at the Pacific
Cinemateque as part of Eating
Disorder Awareness Week. The
afternoon also featured the
Vancouver-based documentary
Dying To Be Perfect and a panel
A weekend before The Famine
Within was screened at Sedgewick
Library. University women are more
likely to be affected by eating
disorders than any other group.
About a third have suffered from
either anorexia or bulimia.
Anorexia nervosa is identified
by drastic weight loss from excessive
dieting, unrecognized by the person
with die disorder. Bulimia nervosa
is characterized by periods of
uncontrollable binge eating followed
by some form of purging—either
through self-induced vomiting,
abuse of laxatives, excessive
exercising, or fasting.
Both disorders are characterized
by an intense fear of weight gain,
feelings of ineffectiveness and low
self-esteem. The Famine Within
looks at how these fears and beliefs
are reinforced by society's
promotion of an unrealistic body
The gap between the ideal and
the real is getting worse. Today the
average female model weighs 23
per cent below the average female
weight up from 8 per cent 25 years
Many models suffer from eating
disorders as this absurd image
promoted in advertisements and the
media is unattainable for most
women, as well as unhealthy.
Chris Alt, sister of "supermodel" Carol Alt, weighs 165 and
models larger-sized clothing. As an
anorexic earlier in her career, she
saw a picture of Karen Carpenter
before she died ofthe same disease.
Alt's reaction was this:
"I thought she was lucky to be
that skinny when she died, and I
wondered how I could get that skinny
without dying."
weight back to an inherited "set
point," four in five grade 4 girls still
diet in California.
Gilday looks at what today's
perfect body symbolizes with the
help of psychotherapists, a social
historian, an anthropologist a MD
and a bio-medical researcher, who
say, words and images associated
with the modern "superwoman" are:
"tall, thin, carries abriefcase, knows
exactly what she wants, independent,
status, power, has a lover—but
doesn't need him."
Most feminine traits and
emotions are now seen as negative
qualities. Women reject the image
of their mother for that of their father
to be taken seriously in a man's
For women who grew up with
the law guaranteeing equal rights,
the "beauty myth" is a new form of
oppression. The film suggests the
message they receive is: you can
have equal rights and access to
opportunities as long as you have
therightbody, as long as you behave,
as long as you don't show weakness
in asking for things for yourself.
The personal accounts of
current and recovered anorexics and
bulimics are the most moving parts
of The Famine Within. The fear of
not having control over their lives
and the struggle with emotional pain
and depression being played out in
their bodies comes through strongly
on film.
The student the mother, the
professional may appear to be
"perfect" and "in control," but her
real needs are denied; the inner
person is starving.
Dying To Be Perfect (Eileen
Hoeter 1988,30 min) gives personal
accounts of three women who
physically starved themselves.
Molly and Erin talk about their bouts
with anorexia. The story of Darlene,
who died of the disease, is told by
You can have equal rights and access to
opportunities as long as you have the right body,
as long as you behave, as long as you don't show
weakness in asking for things for yourself.
With the fitness craze, the ante
has been tipped even further. Not
only must a woman be thin, the film
explains, but muscularly toned.
Obsessive exercising for weight
control is also considered an eating
disorder and often a dimension of
anorexia and bulimia.
Surveys show that a majority of
women believe losing weight will
bring them greater happiness than
will romance or any career. In one
survey, three quarters of the women
said they were overweight But half
of that group was actually
Although researchers believe
that weight like height is genetic
and almost all dieters will gain lost
her mother who gives insight into
what the family goes through. These
accounts are intercut with a
confusing one-woman performance
art piece on anorexia which makes
for awkward transitions. Although
Dying To Be Perfect presents
informative and interesting accounts
of anorexia, it fails to put the
phenomenon in a larger context as
The Famine Within succeeds in
Both films were presented by
the Academy of Canadian Cinema
and Television and by Women In
Film and Video. They are available
at the Eating Disorder Resource
SEE PAGE 5 Vbl. 75, No. 34
Tuesday, February 9,1993
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Chan triumphs politically
RAYMOND Chan hasfought
hard to earn freedom for
strangers whose voices have been
silenced by the barrel of a gun.
"Canadians don't realize how
fortunate they are to be able to
participate in the democratic process,"
said Chan. "It's like a treasure that
remains undiscovered."
The Hongkong-bom Chan, 42,
who works at UBC's TRIUMF,
entered public life in Vancouver when
he started the Vancouver Society in
Support for Democratic Movement, a
locally-based globe-trotting lobby
group for Tiananmen Square activists.
Recently tiie soft-spoken Chan
emerged victorious atafederalLiberal
Party candidate election against Herb
Daliwal to represent Richmond.
Chan's campaign had included
renting a booth at Aberdeen Centre, a
Richmond retail mall dense with
Chinese traffic. He also rented a bus
to drive voters to the nomination
"A lot of Chinese people don't
want to rock the boat," said Chan,
who hopes more Chinese will
participate in politics.
"It may be because of the lack of
democratic rights and political
instability they have left behind in
Asia that they're now so reluctant
to get involved."
That is the dilemma. Even in
countriesoutsideCanada, Chinese
politicians have only won elections
with Chinese support.
Gim Huey, who ran for
Vancouver City Council in 1986
and 1989, said: "You will never
win an nomination if you focus
your energy on the general public.
You must rely on your own people
first because they support and trust
Huey, however, lost because
of media flack he received for his
campaign tactics: like Chan, he
too, bussed voters from
Chinatown. "It's within the law to
bus people in. It's the old fashioned
As most Canadian politicians
increasingly focus inward, Chan
Centre andTheNationalFilmBoard
After the films, the audience
flooded the panel with questions.
Most wanted to help remedy eating
disorders and know how those in the
film reached recovery.
Unfortunately, the panel of two
filmmakers and two therapists was
not as qualified to answer these
questions as it couldhaveand should
have been.
Cynthia Johnston is the
coordinator ofEDAW and the Eating
Disorder Resource Centreof British
Columbia which has the best
information on where to get help
and how to help. It is also a source of
literature and films on the subject
Johnston says that EDAW has
encouraged people to ask for help.
During the first three days she
received almost 300 calls. For an
under-funded, one-woman
operation she is swamped, proving
the need for greater resources for
eating disorder awareness and
Statistics Canada estimates that
for 1991 in BC, there were 542
women suffering from anorexia and
4,876 from bulimia. "These are
conservative figures," saysJohnston,
"based on those: who we know about
and that fit into the strict
psychological definitions."
The Famine Within states that
1 in 5 young women suffer from
eating disorders. Studies quoted in
The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolfe
indicate that for college women this
figure is much higher, that between
one third and one half have suffered
from either anorexia or bulimia.
said he will also look out
Chan's parents, both teachers,
fled China during the Communist
Revolution in 1949 and became
"In Canada, we have to let the
Chinese government know the free
world is still watching," he said.
His wife Maureen Chan is
relieved that he will be spending
more time in Canada.
"There was always acalculated
risk when he went to China," she
said. "He would be detained for a
few hours by the government and
you can't predict the Chinese
She said her husband
sometimes weeps while he speaks
of his recent experience in China.
"He is still heartbroken about
the situation. It's the idea that China
is in such chaos."
Raymond Chan flew to China
in 1990 to console families whose
children were imprisoned for
participating in the Tiananmen
Square demonstrations.
Said Chan: "Many of the
families I met were not aware their
son or daughter was going to spend
the next 15 years of their lives
confined to a cell. They were never
Johnston is quick to point out
that it is not only women who are
affected. Approximately 5% of
those affected are men and of these
half are gay men.
EDAW was designed to make
people aware of the prevalence of
eating disorders and the societal
pressures to control one's body and
to make a move toward its poster
slogan:"Breaking Free...Celebrating
Our Natural Sizes."
An important message to
sufferers of eating disorders is that
you are not alone. And that eating
disorders don't "go away" with
willpower. Experienced help is
needed to overcome them.
For information and a friendly
voice contact: Eating Disorder
Resource Centre.StPauTsHospital,
positions on the
Student Administrative
are available.
The Student Administrative Commission (SAC) is
responsible for implementing the policies of the
Student Council. Each member of SAC is responsible for a specific portfolio.
For further information, please contact Caireen
Hanert, Director of Administration, in SUB 254 at
Please deliver your resume to Terri
Folsom, Administrative Assistant,
in SUB 238 by Monday,
February 22, 1993.
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Photo frenzy
Exhibit features UBC's best
Salgado, Capa, Adams
and Leibenitz. They would be
These photos should win
awards: Too badabook hasn't
published these photos,
printed from UBC's very own
Photo Society. It would be an
instant seller and a boost to
campus morale.
But for now they're on
exhibit for free at SUB Art
society exhibit in recent
history. They're are some
gems and a broad range.
Takeastroll by Malcolm
Duff's "Spilt Milk" a surreal-
you-can-feel it pic. Next to it,
there's the Big Pop.
Peter Kao's multi-photo
Andy Warhol stylized
sequence of Beluga Whales
at the Vancouver Aquarium
is a main attraction. Kao also
features dramatized rural
The exhibit which ends
this week also features Pow's
own Rosa Tseng. Her picture
of three women intertwined
carries an interesting
spiralling motion. Her photo
of a veiled face may be up for
an award in photo circles.
One of the greatest
strengths of the exhibit is the
globe-trotting efforts of M J.
Dalmers sketches slices of
life in China and Malaysia.
Other photographers have
travelled far and wide to bring
an interesting change in you
Richmond eats up Asian cuisine
THE fast growth of
Hongkong-based restaurants
has beleaguered local restaurant managers who say it is
outpacing the population.
The Hongkong-based
Floata restaurant group may
be typical of the 200-plus
Chinese restaurants in Greater
Manager Philip Lau of
the group's fledgling
Richmond seafood restaurant
says competition has stepped
up as "the growth rate of
Chinese here is slower than
that of new restaurants."
By opening the restaurant
at the new retail mall, Parker
Place, the Floata group joined
a flood of Chinese restaurants
which either relocated from
Chinatown or added new sites
to Richmond's Asian market
The Floata group already has
a seven-year-old branch in
Vancouver on Main Street
General manager
Lawrence Wong pumped $1
million into interior
decorations for the new 8,900
sq. ft restaurant, where an
enormous kitchen takes up a
third of the space.
Chef Peter Ip, who has
won several international
culinary awards, most
recently France's
Commaderie des Cordon
Bleu in 1991, operates the
expansive multi-wok kitchen
where Cantonese dishes are
cooked with Canadian
"Floata's name is very
much spread by word of
mouth," Lau said.
The restaurant has
diversified its "Hongkong-
Floata Restaurant joins Richmond market
style" services to attract more
patrons with weekend
mahjong rooms and
computerized karaoke
equipment. Karaokes have
been added to dozens of
Greater Vancouver
restaurants to draw more
customers on slow nights.
The   Floata,   which
employs about 50 people,
caters to up to 380 patrons.
The Floata restaurant
group also has eight branches
in Hongkong and five in
"In Hong Kong, it just
takes two or three years for
returns," Lau said. "In
Vancouver, it takes almost
eight to ten years. One factor
is that costs in Canada are
Dishes in Vancouver are
nearly double the sizes in
Recently Floata bought a
brewing plant in China and
has begun to sell their own
brand of beer in Hongkong.
Yearly exports jumped
from less than $10 billion to
$75 billion in twelve years.
The economic sanctions
imposed temporarily on China
after the Tiananmen Square
massacre was merely apebble
in its momentum.
Young people were still
sent overseas for education
and Western businesses
swarmed mainland China
eager to make a stake.
"Politics can't feed you,"
said Tian Yu-chuan, vice
president of a China state-
owned investment company
in Vancouver.
"Gaining democracy
doesn't mean the economy
will be developed
automatically. Take a look at
eastern Europe, they have
democracy now, but their
economy is in chaos."
The       government-
employed Tian, in his late 20s,
agreed to be interviewed
without any conditional
stipulations, a signal that the
usually secretive Chinese
government may be
attempting to build
confidence with the West
Either that or bait business.
"China has allowed the
private businesses and market
economies and wrote this
down in the constitution," he
said. "This was almost
impossible four years ago.
People know that they have
the chance to make money."
One UBC student who
recently arrived from China
even says, "I don't care
whether it's socialist or
capitalist as long as it gives
people better life, I'll support
it...we are very practical
Only about 40 per cent of
China's total economy is a
product  of state-owned
business, a percentage
comparable to Sweden,
France and Italy.
As China's economy
booms and furnishes young
Chinese with new lives, those
who chose to stay in Canada
in 1989are pondering areturn.
Carlton University
graduate Yu Ling Yun, 30, a
financial consultant for AA
Management & Services Inc.
in Vancouver, has already
planned a business in China's
ripe market
"China is like Taiwan 20
years ago.," Yu said. "The
economy is about to take off,
and you have to grab your
chance fast"
"Though people have a
lot of money on their hands,
they don'tknow how to spend
it because of few available
investment channels and
inadequate consumer outlets.
It gives us a chance to develop
our own businesses there."
"Some people are afraid
that the policy there might be
changed. In my opinion, once
the door is opened, it will be
very difficult to close it"
However, the growth-
related inflation problems
which sparked the 1989 pro-
democracy movement still
exists along with US $200
billion of unspent cash. Often
it is describedasa"tiger sitting
in a cage without a door."
But several government
initiatives have temporarily
tamed this "tiger."
Stock markets were set
up in many cities as a means
for cash collection. Housing
reform are also underway: the
state now allows citizens to
buy and sell theirown houses.
Widespread corruption
has been balanced by reforms
which ironically have also
equipped bureaucrats with
more loopholes to accumulate
their wealth. \tal. 75, No. 34
Tuesday, February 9,1993
Peering at Gastown during high tea at a tea house
The art first left the Shaolin
Temple in southern China—the
birthplaceof the world's martial arts—
about 250 years ago. The temple was
burned down by Manchu irulers in
1674 leaving only five survivors.
One of them, a Buddhist nun
named Ng Mui, introduced a fighting
system based on snake and crane
forms of movement
Ng Mui passed on the ait to Yim
Wing Chun—the female namesake
of the system—and after more than
two centuries of select students, the
art left China in the 1950s for
Hongkong where Wing Chun master
Yip Man first taught it publicly.
One of Yip Man's first and best
students was the scholarly Wang Kiu,
Khoe's teacher.
Khoe presents Wing Chun as a
true and complete fighting art. Unlike
some so-called martial arts, it is has
not been diluted into martial
calisthenics or point-sports.
Channelled through Buddist
meditation and internal energy
breathing exercises, Wing Chun
discipline entails bare-handed and
weapons forms, the "wooden
dummy" form, and its trademark
"sticky-hands" reflex-
programming training.
Not a flashy style polluted
with high-risk techniques that are
useless in true combat Wing Chun
has retained an integrity of virulent
potency through the ages.
Though most of the club's
yearly 50 or so members are
Chinese, its martial legacy has
drawn people of other cultures,
embracing Canada's multi-cultural
Just as Wing Chun stands
apart from myriad
indistinguishable styles in concept
and technique, Khoe's following
is unlike any other.
The archaic notion of strict
rows of tense practitioners yelling
and performing motions blindly
will never be realized at this club.
Practices have a free-wheeling,
informal quality forabetter learning
And unlike pedantic teachers,
Khoe is not a domineering,
punishing force to be feared and
Instead, respect for this man is
garnered in the equality he shares
with his students and in his
unpretentious approach to teaching.
The club has become more of a
family, rejecting the stifling
traditional formalism inherent in
other arts.
Passing onto his students the
same concepts and techniques that
have been shared by generations of
teachers and students, Khoe sees
the preserving of this "cultural
Chinese pearl" as a way of life.
"For Chinese people, the
benefit is that they have a sense of
how valuable their cultural roots
are. Fornon-Chinese, they can have
a sense of how rich the Chinese
culture was before much of it was
The Senate Ad Hoc Committee on University Resi
dences is enquiring into the current academic
atmosphere of university residences. In addition,
the Committee is going to make recommendations as to
what steps might be taken to improve their academic
This is where you come in. You live in residence. You
know what contributes to your academic life and what
doesn't. We need to hear it from you. The more we hear
from you, the more we'll be able to give an accurate account
of your concerns.
Do you have suggestions as to what would improve the
academic atmosphere in your residence? We'd like to
hear them.
Everything you discuss with the Committee will be
considered in confidence so you can tell it like it is.
Written submissions may be sent to:
Senate Ad Hoc Committee on University
c/o Box 194, Student Union Building
6138 S.U.B. Boulevard
Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z1
For further information, please contact Carole
Forsythe, Co-Chair in SUB 248 at 822-3092.
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strabismus, ocular motility problems and related disorders of the eye.
In July 1993, two students will begin an intensive 24
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Applications are now being accepted from individuals
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Deadline for applications is March 31,1993. For application forms and information, please write to the Orthoptic
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Lee in the limelight
BCTV Saturday anchor Mi-
Jung Lee, 26, walks through
the leading news station's tall,
security-activated glass doors
unaware of a disturbing call she will
receive that evening.
Just over five feet tall, the
station's newest Figure zig zags into
the dark recesses of a litter-ridden
newsroom. In the background, a
cluster of high-pitched voices
screech on playback and tabloids
cloak several computer monitors like
fallen leaves.
The UBC English Literature
scholarship graduate was recently
hired by BCTV from Victoria's
CHEK-TV to be a full-time four-
day reporter and one-day news
Lee reviews a few stories
making quick corrections and then
the lights turn on. The Newshour
At Lee's first broadcast break,
the phone rings. One of 750,000
viewers that night calls the station.
Unknown to the caller, it is Lee
herself who answers.
"Where's Pamela Martin
(BCTV's former Saturday anchor)?"
the viewer demands.
Lee explains that Martin has
switched to strictly weekday
The viewer, growing irritated,
says, "Yeah, well now they have
this chink lady on the air and you
can't understand a word she says."
Interupts Lee: "You're speaking
to her."
There is a pause.
Lee tells the viewer, who has
yet to complain of the phone call
being incomprehensible, that she
does not appreciate the remarksv
The viewer hangs up with a
final comment "Well, you are what
you are."
Minutes later a flabbergasted
Lee must recompose herself to finish
off the news.
"I was really angry," recalls the
22-year Vancouver resident
"It sort of reinforces in my mind
the need to have more Asians and
more ethnic minorities in the media
to just show that we are not going to
be on the fringe to go away from the
media or stay out of the limelight
just because of attitudes like that"
As B.C.'s first Korean reporter,
the daughter of a Burnaby pet shop
owner, Lee admits her race has given
her a certain regard and access that
other journalists may not possess.
She said viewers will feel more
connected to the news if someone
from their community is shown.
Yet it also arouses initial
skepticism from some co-workers
who feel she was hired only for her
Said Lee: "It bothers me and
there's nothing I can do except just
prove to them through my own work
that race was not the only reason I
was hired."
Though sheearned scholarships
as a Toronto journalism student at
Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, it
was her unorthodox job-hunting
method that landed Lee her job in
At a Toronto journalism
conference ! Lee saw CHEK-TV
general manager Jim Nicholl who
was approaching another student for
hiring purposes.
"Well," saidLee, "I'm not going
to wait for him to approach me."
Lee swiftly introduced herself
and then persistently sent every
demo tape of herself to Victoria. Six
months lata*, after also a special
visit during Christmas to Victoria,
she was hired.
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