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Asian Heritage Celebration – History Talk
November 15, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
History comes to life with another Nelson History Talks, in partnership with Touchstones Nelson Museum, and the Heritage Working Group.
Join our three panelists, Ciraj Premanatham, Diana Cole and Lynn Trinh, as they share their unique stories and discuss Asian culture, heritage and history in Nelson.
“Through these Eyes”, a short film by Lynn Trinh will also be featured.
This is event is free and open to all.
Lynn Trinh is a filmmaker, who has lived in Nelson BC for the last 3 years. Born and raised in Brampton, Ontario, a suburb close to Toronto, she has always lived in a multi-cultural community. She identifies as a “Canasian,” as both her parents are from Vietnam and immigrated to Canada after the Vietnam war. She was interested to meet other Asian Youth and to learn about their experiences living in Nelson. Lynn studied Media, Information and Technoculture at Western University and upgraded her education by attending the Digital Arts and New Media program at Selkirk College in 2016. Today, she continues to work in the media field as a Social Media and Marketing Coordinator for Shambhala Music Festival.
Diana Morita Cole is the award-winning author of Sideways: Memoir of a Misfit. Born in a concentration camp during the Second World War, she strives to make every place she lives a more welcoming community. Diana is a passionate storyteller who informs her listeners about her experiences in Canada and the suffering of her family. A former successful project manager of international roll-outs in the IT world, Diana cites her love of the arts as the main impetus behind her social activism.
Ciraj Prabhu Premanatham is the red-seal, certified chef who jointly owns the Kootenay Tamily Kitchen restaurant along with his wife, Martina. He was born in Tuticorin, Tamilnadu, India and started his career in India with the Sheraton Hotels and Resorts at the age of 19. He then began to work for Carnival Cruise lines, USA where he worked for 8 years and was eventually promoted to headchef, supervising 137 cooks and cooking for 6000 guests. Ciraj came to Canada in 2012 and has worked for 6 years in Nelson cooking for many renowned guests. He and his wife, Martina, are the proud parents of two children who were born in Nelson.