In the 2000-2008 period, Canadian exports to ASEAN grew by 9 per cent annually, just under the average pace to emerging markets as a whole. Post-crisis, the rate of growth is exactly the same. Doubling trade in five years would require notching that pace up to 15 per cent annually -- not an unachievable target by any stretch of the imagination.
A recent winner of the Camera d'Or prize at Cannes, Ilo Ilo quickly sold out its first screening at the 32nd Vancouver International Film Festival. This subtle yet detailed film about family life in Singapore shows the skilled editing and directorial abilities of Anthony Chen in his feature film debut.
In recent years, the rise of Asian fusion through the integration of Japanese, Thai or Chinese food in culinary cuisine has been a prevalent trend in restaurants. There's a new crop of Asian fusion that has been hitting the streets using inspirations from the lesser known or less popularized cultures from the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam and Korea.