Asian Heritage Month: Korean-Canadian film Riceboy Sleeps screening

May is Asian Heritage Month. To mark the diverse contributions of Asian communities in Canada, the College of Education/Usask is hosting a screening of the award-winning Canadian-Korean film Riceboy Sleeps.

  • Date: Thursday, May 16, 2024
  • Time: 5:30 – 8:30 pm (doors open at 5 pm)
  • Location: Quance Theatre, Education Building, 28 Campus Drive, Saskatoon
  • Food will be served starting at 5 pm
  • Everyone is welcome, please register here.

*Please note that the movie is rated 14A and covers mature subject themes. This is not a movie for children and younger families.

*even if you didn’t get to register in time, you’re still welcome to join on the day of the event.

About the film: A Korean single mother raises her young son in the suburbs of Canada determined to provide a better life for him than the one she left behind. After losing her husband, So-young relocates to Canada in the 1990s with their young son, Dong-hyun in tow. There, they must fight for acceptance and respect. Dong-hyun is brutally bullied by his classmates, and he isn’t helped by the timid, distinctly Canadian racism of his teacher and principal, who consider the family “troublesome.” At work, So-young battles loneliness and racist and sexist comments. As they negotiate with their separate circumstances, the rift between mother and son grows. Unwelcome news sparks an unplanned return to South Korea — and the in-laws So-young hasn’t spoken to in many years — but might open up the possibility of mutual understanding.

This film by Anthony Shim is a critically-acclaimed TIFF winner and also won Best Original Screenplay at the Canadian Screen Awards.

Following the film, attendees are invited to stay for a conversation circle about the story’s impact:

  • Dr. Hyunjung Shin, Co-Chair for the USask AHM planning committee; Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum Studies, College of Education
  • Dr. Jerome Cranston, Co-Chair for the USask AHM planning committee; Vice-Provost, Students & Learning; Professor, College of Education
  • Dr. Soo Kim, Master of Physical Therapy Program Chair and Professor, School of Rehabilitation Science, College of Medicine
  • Dr. Timothy Kang, Assistant Professor, Sociology, College of Arts and Science
  • Dr. Kalowatie Deonandan, Professor, Political Studies, College of Arts and Science
  • Dr. Amin Mousavi, Associate Professor, Head, Department of Educational Psychology & Special Education


The event is finished.


May 16 2024


5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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