Monthly Archives: November 2016

Eminent Bibliography: Because No Path is Paved by One Individual


Interview with Mr. Paul Bae

Along with my interview post, here are some media and press links that you can view to see the impact that Mr. Bae has had in his field:

You Suck, Sir  (Mr. Bae’s blog)

The Science of Fear: Why do I Like Being Scared?

The Rise of the Horror Podcast

Vancouver duo enjoys success with popular Black Tapes and Tanis podcasts


Canada’s Walk of Fame

Sandra Oh Biography

Asia/Canada: Profile

Career Information

Sandra’s IMDb

Sandra Oh Needed Therapy to Leave Grey’s Anatomy

Sandra Oh Opens Up About Acting, Challenges of Being Korean in Hollywood


Watch “The Diary of Evelyn Lau”, Oh’s first role, here.

Sandra’s Twitter


Sandra Oh Reminded Me of Why I Tell My Korean American Story

One of my favorite sources, this organization, the article, and the video that goes with it touched me and inspired some of the aspects of my speech.


NotN: A Night to Remember

Night of the Notables has come to a close, both for the year and for my entire TALONS career. I can’t exactly say I’m sad, but I definitely will have some very fond memories in leaving this night behind. Looking back at last year’s post, I can definitely see a HUGE contrast. ( Not only was my post incredibly short, but I didn’t have the element of the speeches to talk about in my post.


Pre-speech selfie + nervousness

Speaking of which, speeches were definitely the biggest component that separated this year’s Eminent from last year’s. There was an element of camaraderie this time around– last year, we were still trying to feel our way around, and get used to the idea of TALONS. Backstage was the most incredible experience. Amidst nervous pacing and everyone whispering their speeches to themselves quietly, there was a constant stream of words of reassurance and hugs. Everyone held their breath as Kaleigh started off the speeches, and we all showered her in compliments and compliments when she came off. It was an amazing feeling, being part of this group of amazing individuals; more than ever before, it felt like a family.

My actual performance was, in my opinion and to my standards, very good. I was very proud of myself for


Final bow and getting ready to watch the second half

sharing my emotions and speech with the crowd, and I delivered, for the first time in my life, a speech that I felt truly proud of. I remember vividly how as soon as I stepped backstage, I was greeted by tons of hugs and quiet, “You were amazing”s as we listened quietly to the next performer (and I tried to slow my heartbeat). I have to admit, the actual performance was not as terrifying as I had thought. It felt so quick, and the kindness and love shown towards me by my classmates backstage made the whole thing worth it. After that, being able to listen to everyone else’s speeches was amazing, and made me even more proud of not just myself, but of our whole class.

15174492_366069907070946_2054061961_nMy learning centre this year was, to put it bluntly, WAY BETTER THAN LAST YEAR. Looking at some other centres, I definitely could have made mine better, but my goal for this year was to improve upon last year’s centre,


Misty Copeland and Cristina Yang

which is a goal I definitely achieved. My learning centre, which had a sort of dressing room vibe, was much better prepared than last year. I had a string of photos of Sandra Oh (in “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Sideways”), a movie

poster printout (from her first role, “The Diary of Evelyn Lau”) I also had a large hand-painted chalkboard, where I had people write down something they’ve proven to the world, or something in their life that they’ve overcome. I had many people write down personal and emotional messages, and it touched me to see how much people shared for the sake of my project.

I stayed at my station for the majority 15209048_366069913737612_68883340_nof


Conversations with alumni

the night, making good conversation and asking and answering many detailed questions with the passerby. Occasionally, I wandered over to check out a few other learning centres, and was amazed to see not only the amazing, detailed displays, but the diversity of Eminent people we had chosen from. It was interesting to see the different Notables that people chose, and why.

10s, we’ve made it through one tunnel, and now we’ll keep on truckin’ through the rest of the year, but I know for sure that none of us will ever forget this Night of the Notables. 9s, we’re passing on the torch to you. I’ll be watching from the audience next year, and I wish you the best of luck.


Obligatory post-project squad photo

To sum it up, this Night of the Notables was so amazing, not only because of how much better my presentation was compared to last year’s, but because I was able to remember what it was like as an outsider watching our Grade 10s last year go through this, and how now, we have our own experiences to keep with us. The whole night was also not as stressful and rushed as last year. Instead of focusing solely on my own project and obsessing over every little detail, I helped out my friends, listened to their speeches, helped people with their makeup and hair, and took my time to talk to the other TALONS about their project; this year was more about the experience than having the perfect display. I wasn’t the only one who felt this way, as I had so much love, support, and help given to me by people on my speech, Learning Centre, and everything in-between. A very special thanks goes out to my interview subject, Mr. Paul Bae. Thanks to Kaleigh, Katrina, Andreas, Jiwon, Emily and Lucas for contributing to my speech, and to everyone else who took the time to read it. Thank you to Alan, Brian, Andreas, Jiwon, and Emily for helping me with my learning centre (WHICH DEFINITELY WOULD NOT HAVE COME TOGETHER OTHERWISE). Another thank you to Anika and Alan for using their block to help me paint. And a huge thank you to all the teachers and 9s who planned this night and made it possible.

It was such a great feeling to see how much our class has changed this past year, and how much we’ve matured. Now let’s go study chemistry and get ready for our next great endeavor!

Eminent: Document of Learning

Eminent, our second and last, has finally drawn to a close. This year, although I SWORE that I would focus on my learning centre, I feel as though my speech was the highlight of my project this year. I think that, subconsciously, my mind told me that I needed to focus on my speech, as public speaking is one of my weakest areas.

I started off without a clear idea of where I wanted to go with my speech. All I knew was that I wanted to have it centred around Sandra reflecting about her career and culture before filming her final episode of Grey’s Anatomy. Because of the setting, I knew it had to be bittersweet. (After all, she didn’t go through 2 years of therapy because she was overjoyed to leave the show.) I knew the tone and the mood– but I couldn’t for the life of me think of a cohesive way to string my thoughts together. I had a few quotes and lines swirling around in my brain, but no way to link them.

This is how my speech looked for a few weeks:

  • Main points:
    • Culture
    • Roles- Women and Asians
    • Recognition- awards and honours?
      • Trailblazer award
      • Emmys, Golden Globe, Gemini, etc.
    • Arts field (development and progress)
  • Vibe or main message of speech
    • Nervous
    • Bittersweet- personal decision, sad about leaving show
    • Self-monologue, getting prepared to shoot final scene
  • Arts
    • Education: uni
    • Releasing character
    • Final goodbye
    • “Belonging lost” (Tiger book refer)
  • I can’t be sad. I was, no, I AM, part of something bigger than myself. I’m here because I wanted to give every little girl like me the chance to look at the TV screen and see someone who looks like her, not portrayed as a joke, but rather just as strong, and beautiful, and bold as she is.
  • Goodbyes are difficult. This character, this lady is a part of me, I’ve nurtured her character and brought her to where she is… And after tonight, I’ll be releasing her, forever. Cristina Yang won’t be mine anymore. Goodbye.
  • Goodbyes are difficult. This character, this lady, is a part of me. I’ve nurtured her character and brought her to where she is… And after tonight, my artistic and dramatic efforts will finally pay off and– I’ll be releasing Dr. Cristina Yang to the world for the last time.

Most of this was cut out for my final speech. However, I did keep this line:

  • I can’t be sad. I was, no, I AM, part of something bigger than myself. I’m here because I wanted to give every little girl like me the chance to look at the TV screen and see someone who looks like her, not portrayed as a joke, but rather just as strong, and beautiful, and bold as she is.

I knew I wanted to have this in my speech, because I wrote this at 3am in a sleepy daze. This was truly written from deep inside of my brain, and it was truly what I thought. This ended up being one of my favourite and most powerful lines.

Eminent: Interview

Paul Bae: high school teacher, stand-up comedian, actor, podcaster, Korean-Canadian, and so much more. For this year’s Eminent interview, I was very grateful to have the opportunity to conduct an interview with this man. A good friend of my parents, I was extremely lucky to be able to interview such an influential Korean-Canadian in all of the above creative fields. Mr. Bae, who grew up watching next-to-zero Asian-Americans on TV, was also made aware of the lack of diversity in the media, and has been making a name for himself throughout his career. Aside from being one of the pioneers of the modern-day horror podcast, Mr. Bae has acted in many well-known films, one of the most prominent of those being “The Interview” (which I have promised not to watch until I turn 18), alongside Korean-American actor Randall Park, who acted in “The Interview”, and on the popular TV show “Fresh Off the Boat”.

If you’re curious about his contributions, here is his blog, “You Suck, Sir”. His Twitter handle is @mrpaulbae and for his podcast channel, @blacktapespod (so I’d advise you all to take your French Revolution Twitter accounts and sauce him a follow).



The focus of this interview (and my entire project, for that matter) was surrounding culture, and not only its influence on our daily lives, but how we have managed to overcome the negative associations and stereotypes that may come along with it. Here are the questions I asked, and the responses I received.