Thursday, September 18, 2008

Chai Time

So I am very likely, most definitely going to be on television next week. I've been called in to be part of an interview on Monday afternoon for the TV show called Chai Time, on Omni Television - a television program featuring the South Asian community in Vancouver. They will be speaking to me along with another artist from the Drift, Surrinder Bring, about our art work, and journeys as South Asian-Canadian artists. Of course I don't really believe this is going to happen, until I'm in the TV studio with the camera on me.

Of course being asked to do this has challenged me in many ways. The thought of speaking on TV doesn't scare me. Well, maybe a little. The main challenge is my own self doubt on whether or not I represent the South Asian community appropriately. But my response is, why not? Growing up in Canada has offered me the ability to be proud of who I am and where my family comes from, while offering me a lens of multiculturalism to view things. I can feel very connected to "Canadian" culture while also holding true in my heart where I come from. It's opened up a curiosity to learn more about the world around me, and visit parts of the world in which I had no prior connection. It's also deepened my guilt and worried me that I've neglected familiarizing myself with my own roots. But every time my family gathers, I realize how deeply rooted our culture is in how we do things, and how at home I am there, and how happy I am to be blessed with such an interesting history.

So I see this interview as an opportunity both to promote my art work, but also to prove a reminder to myself to take pride in where I come from.

Anyway, I'm now inspired to use this as an excuse to do an image I've been considering for some time in my mind. Will post it soon here. Sorry that this post had no accompanying image, but a promise for one soon.

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