EAWLC Zoom Learning for Curious People: Appreciation of Architectural Designs

Update: Zoom meeting video

Since 1992 after graduation from Harbin Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Shaoxuan Zhou (Joe) has played various roles in the industry: an owner of an indie architecture studio, a project manager at CallisonRTKL Shanghai, and an urban designer for a couple of architecture firms in China.  In between of those roles he spent five years travelling and living in New Zealand.   and England.  Currently Joe lives in Toronto with his wife and their  10-year-old boy, and works remotely for a firm in Shanghai as their urban design director.  He enjoys every minute at work, very happy that he can make a good living by doing something he has been passionate about for almost 30 years, i.e., to be a frontline designer, and incorporate art, history, economy, and technology to make living spaces beautiful, comfortable and sustainable, with distinct community identities.  In his spare time, Joe loves outdoor activities, going to gym, and gardening.

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EAWLC Zoom Learning Facilitated by Ramya Amuthan

This is a much anticipated club meeting delayed from January due to winter illness and then the pandemic.  We are so happy that Ramya will make time for us and share her interesting experience as well as facilitate a very engaging event on Zoom now.  Everybody is welcome to join us.  It’s gonna be a fun evening!

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Fwd: Black Lives Matter: Let’s Listen, Empathize, and Learn

I’d like to share with our members and friends an opportunity to learn about
the experience and opinions of the black community in Canada on racism.  The
first part below is the invitation to the live online audio program from one
of the hosts.  I sent her a message, giving my thoughts on the Black Lives
Matter movement, which was attached at the end of this post.
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EAWLC Zoom Learning for Curious People Lecture 5: To Be a Successful Director

GRAEME LYNCH’s dream job  has been being a director since he was a teenager.  The passion led him through family pressure, initial confusions, and self-questioning in his early years.  He came to realize his dream at the age of 26.  Ever since then, Graeme has helmed over 200 episodes of television, covering both the scripted and the unscripted – drama, comedy, science fiction, documentary, and reality work.  Over his career, Graeme has received nine best-director nominations from the Canadian Academy and won the Canadian Screen Award twice.

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EAWLC Zoom Learning for Curious People Lecture 4: Becoming An Artistic Scientist

Newly added! YouTube videos of Christina Wang’s lecture:

The presentation: https://youtu.be/RyFQXQMmXCQ

Christina Wang, 16, is a Grade 10 student at St. Clement’s School, an all-girls private school in Toronto. Craving for more than STEM programs at her school, she took action on her own to expose herself to emerging technologies. She reads research papers, goes to conferences, and reaches out to experts in fields of interest, such as scientists at the European Space Agency, for networking and mentoring. She is an innovator at The Knowledge Society, a platform to train young students to solve the world’s biggest problems. Christina is particularly interested in pushing social, economical, and environmental sustainability within the space technology industry. Continue reading “EAWLC Zoom Learning for Curious People Lecture 4: Becoming An Artistic Scientist”

EAWLC Zoom Learning for Curious People Lecture 3: Path of A Mathematician

Zicheng Qian, 24, is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at University of
Toronto, Department of Mathematics.  He finished his Doctorate degree in
Mathematics at Université Paris-sud, France in 2019, specializing in Number.
Before that he graduated from School of the Gifted Young, University of
Science and Technology of China.  When he conducts his research,
you’ll see him sitting in front of a computer or strolling around in the room,
thinking.  The most beautiful thing about mathematics is that only truth
works in its world, according to Zicheng.  No matter who you are or how
prestigious you are in this field, every mathematician is equal in front of
the provable truth; no vanity or fame can save you if you make a mistake.
So you get to be honest.

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从George Floyd之死引发的一场同学辩论

5月25日美国黑人George Floyd在双手被铐住的情况下,遭到白人警察用膝盖压住头颈长达八分多钟,最后死亡。这成为一场席卷全美的抗议活动的导火索。Black Lives Matter的呼声响彻全球。很多城市的抗议活动演变成了打砸抢烧的暴力行为。美国总统 Donald Trump 强硬回应,誓言要动用军队维护国家法律和秩序。 Continue reading “从George Floyd之死引发的一场同学辩论”

EAWLC Zoom Learning for Curious People Lecture 1 & 2

New! please click below links to watch Lecture One and Two video clips:

Lecture One Video / 第一讲“天文学的故事”视频 https://youtu.be/FX1q2qmfmG8
Lecture To Video / 第二讲“几何学的故事”视频 https://youtu.be/SCalXNa36aw

About the Lecturer

Yingfeng Zhang is an advocate for generalist education in science and technology for teenagers, college students and technology enthusiasts.  He founded QHOW Technology in Toronto in 2019, an educational hub that equips participants with knowledge of technology, business, and hands-on experience in product design and development.  Yingfeng holds a Master’s degree in Software Engineering from Shandong University, China.  Before he moved to Canada three years ago, he had worked as a science and technology educator  and consultant for over a decade, training software developer employees on cutting-edge technologies and scientific ideas, and guiding university  students to develop software products, and  helping them write and publish technology books.  He is an Honourable Contributor (2015) on Zhihu, the Chinese equivalent of Quora.  He has written more than 100 answers in the fields of education, mathematics, science, and history. He has around 170K followers on Zhihu, and his articles were saved by readers for more than 400K times.  Currently, Yingfeng is writing a book on the history of Calculus  which origin and evolution dates back to ancient Egypt and ancient Greece.

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On Racism: Dialogue with Derek Sloan / 关于种族主义:与德里克·斯隆的对话

On Racism: Dialogue with Derek Sloan

By Yang Wang

May 12, 2020

Like many other Chinese Canadian volunteers who have tried to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Canada, I have witnessed the ups and downs of the battle against the virus since the end of January. {1} The early intervention by the Chinese community through the implementation of self-quarantine among travellers from China has a very positive outcome.  Provincial data has shown that Canada’s early cases came mostly from travellers from the US and other hot spots like European countries, while very few were from China. {2} However, as the pandemic continues, its devastating impact has pushed people’s fears and frustrations to a new high.  Some people let out their angers onto Chinese and other Asians.  A poll shows 20% Canadians feel unsafe if sitting next to an Asian on the bus, and there has been a notable rise of racism and hate crimes against Asians across the world, including Canada. {3} It casts a shadow on my sense of security and the outlook of the future.  My big boy, who is in Grade 12 and drives now, volunteers to deliver groceries for my friends who have underline diseases, and send protective caps sewn by other volunteers to nurses.  As a mom I’m so proud of him, but I hesitate to let him go to areas like downtown Toronto, where a couple of assaults on Chinese were on the news in April alone. {4} My kids have developed a firm belief in Canadian values of tolerance and diversity.  My heart aches when I think of the very likelihood that one day when they experience discrimination, how that will break their hearts, and shatter the beloved image on their young minds of this place we call our home now.

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On Preventing Coronavirus Outbreak in Canada

The Chinese communities across Canada have spontaneously taken precautious measures to help prevent a potential spread of Coronavirus in the country: people coming back from China (not only from Wuhan City or Hubei Province, the epidemic centre in China) conduct 2-week self-quarantines even nobody asks them to do so, and hundreds of volunteers help with airport pick-ups and daily supply deliveries to support the self-quarantine effort.  The letters below, which were written by a member of our club, show why and how the Chinese community is doing this, together with their concerns, and problems they wish the government could act to solve.

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