About This Site

This site began as a reflective journaling experience and has evolved into a personal canvas of my professional work over the past ten years.  Please feel free to contact me at: info@allancho.com

After focusing on my studies on East Asian History, I continued my studies in Modern Chinese history at the University of British Columbia, specializing my research and interest in the Overseas Chinese diaspora.  My thesis took the shape of The Hong Kong Wuxia movie: identity and politics, 1966-1976.  The research focused on postwar China, particularly the intellectual history of the different Chinese populations that dispersed across Asia after the Civil War that is now often referred to as "Overseas Chinese."  I examined the production and critical reception of the martial arts wuxia movie in Hong Kong during the 1960s and 1970s. that the popularity of the genre was not solely due to its entertainment value; rather, its warm reception by audiences not only in Hong Kong, but in large parts of the Chinese diaspora, was because the wuxia genre belongs to a long historical literary and political culture that traces back to China's imperial past.
Far from a novelty, the wuxia was a modernized visual medium with themes and characters that were already familiar to people who read and watched plays, operas, and wuxia novels. Moreover, wuxia filmmakers were not mere imitators of the latest cinematic advances from Hollywood, but instead were innovators interested in recreating the splendor of the past through cinema, drawing inspiration from traditional stories, music, and fighting techniques while experimenting with western film technology and theory.  
My current research work continues to explore along these lines of intellectual inquiry through the artistic medium in the Lower Mainland of Vancouver, particularly experientially through the number of cultural groups that I explore and participate in.

During this time, I took an interest in publishing and volunteered for a bilingual Chinese-English student newspaper called Perspectiveswhere my responsibilities evolved from staff writer to English language Editor to finally becoming Editor-in-Chief.  I also took interest in the local writing scene in Vancouver, and volunteered at Ricepaper Magazine, the only Canadian literary magazine with a focus on Asian-Canadian arts and culture, with feature articles on literature, poetry, artwork and photography written by or written about writers and artists of primarily Pacific Asian and mixed Asian descent.

I identify myself as community organizer stemming from my first project in helping found the Asian Canadian Cultural Organization (ACCO) that actively promoted greater awareness on issues pertinent to Asian Canadians on UBC campus and in the community to my current investigations of the integrity of ethnic diversity in the cultural and historical identity of Canada through cultural arts festivals such as explorASIAN, the Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF), and literASIAN.  Over the past decade, I have had the privilege of working with a number of people and organizations in Asian Canadian communities across Canada, highlighting such experiences as an opportunity to share my knowledge as a bibliographer and liaison librarian in Asian Studies.

I worked as a Reference Librarian at the Humanities and Social Sciences Division at the Walter C. Koerner Library at UBC with subject liaison responsibilities in Social Work, Family Studies, Gender Studies, and Asian Studies (non-vernacular).

As a professional, I research and write about emerging technologies, educational trends, and popular culture in the media.

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