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Artists as Writers: Genre: Writing about Culture

Genre: Writing on Culture

This section contains artist writing that discusses culture and cultural issues, primarily in a Canadian context.

Artists on this page:

Sara Diamond: Writing about culture and Canadian Issues

Articles in Fuse Magazine

  • Jonnie Rankin: Revealing the unrecorded past of women in trade unions through the experience of one worker. Fuse Magazine, 5 (8&9). 1991.  pp. 252-256.
  • Class and Women's Writing. Fuse 7(5): 209-212. (1984, February).
  • Is There Life After Kelowna?: Preparing for the Next Round. Fuse 7(6): 275.(1984, Spring).
  • Where the Fraser River Flows: The Birth of Solidarity in B.C. Fuse 7(6): 266-8.(1984, Spring).
  • B.C. Solidarity Update: New Reality or New Brutality? Fuse 7(1-2): 4-6.(1984, Summer)
  • PornAgain Distributor: Censorship and Vancouver's Newsstands. Fuse 8(4): 5-6.(1984, November-1985, January)
  • Western EXPO Sure: As the Breadlines Grow. Fuse 8(4): 9-14.(1984, Nov-1985, Jan).
  • Unearthing Labour's Cultural History in B.C. Fuse 8(4): 25-30. (1984, Nov-1985, Jan).
  • Life Under Expo: Free Enterprising with Women's Lives. Fuse 9(3): 6. (1985, Fall).
  • Life Under Expo: Learning the Hard Way. Fuse 9(3): 6-7.(1985, Fall).
  • The pursuit of innocence: Youth and censorship. Fuse 4 (6). pp. 40-41. (1986)
  • Woodworkers Support Haida. Fuse 9(5): 11-12. (1986, February/March).
  • More on Sex in B.C. Fuse 10(5): 22-3. (1987, April). (about debate on sex education for children and youth in B.C.)
  • Hard, Harder, Hardest: B.C. Writhes Again. Fuse 11(1-2): 35-6. (1987, Summer).  (about Bill 19, The Industrial Labour Relations Reform Act)
  • Going Down The Road. Fuse 11(5): 8. (1988, March-April). (about privatization (Highways Department sale))
  • Gay Barriers Games. Fuse 11(5): 47-8. (1988, March-April). (about Health Status Amendment Act (Bill 34) in general and potential impact on Gay Games 1990)

You've Got Ten Minutes To Get That Flag Down...: Proceedings of The Halifax Conference: A National Forum on Canadian Cultural Policy. Bruce, H. & Ross, M. Toronto: James Lorimer & Company Limited, 1986.
Diamond contributes to discussions noted in "From the Floor" and "Mechanisms for Consultation" chapters

Faces of Feminism: Portraits of Women Across Canada. Toronto: Second Story Press. Harris, P. (1992).
Includes words written by the women portrayed; Diamond is one of the artists included in this work.

Taylor’s Way: Women, Culture and Technology. In J. Terry & M. Calvert (Eds.), Processed Lives: Gender and Technology in Everyday Life (pp. 56-66). London, England: Routledge, 1997.

Sensing What We Know. In J. Buchanen (Ed.), Conference Proceedings Graphics Interface. Ottawa: IEEE, 2001.

States of Discourse-Dialogues in Symmetry. Symmetry: A Synthesis of Constancy and Change, Proceedings of the Symmetry Festival 2003, part 2. Budapest: International Symmetry Foundation, 2003.  739-741.
This is from a special issue of Symmetry: Culture and Science, 14-15 part 2.

Collaborative Working Methods: The Banff Method. In L. Goodman & K. Milton (Eds.), A Guide To Good Practice in Collaborative Working Methods and New Media Tools Creation (By and For Artists and the Cultural Sector) (pp. 84-101). London, England: Arts and Humanities Data Service of Kings College, 2005. Read this paper online from AHDS

Richard Fung: Other Writing

“Asians: Gay and Proud.” The Asianadian 2.3 (Winter 1979-80): 30. Read online.

An Onion Amidst Strawberries. The Asianadian, vol. 2, no. 4, 1980.

From Brixton to Brazil. The Asianadian, vol. 4 no. 1, 1980.

“TV Dinner in 24 Languages.” Fuse 4.4 (May 1980):188-9. Read online.

Profile: Gay Asians of Toronto. The Asianadian, vol. 5, no. 4, 1981

Television in Nicaragua. Fuse, vol 5, no 2+3, 1981.

Circling Tiananmen Square. Fuse Magazine vol. 13 no. 1+2, 1989.

Breaking the Network: Grassroots Productions Transform Trinidadian TV. Fuse Magazine, vol. 13, no. 5, 1990.

“Centre the Margins.” In Moving the Image: Independent Asian Pacific American Media Arts. Ed. Russel Leong. Los Angeles: UCLA Asian American Studies Center & Visual Communications, 1991. 62-7. Read online.

“Films About Interracial Relationships.” Fuse 15.3 (Winter 1992):30-32. Read online,

"Historical Revisions: Sex, Gender and the Past." (Swoon; Gerda; Legal Memory: Films at the Toronto Festival of Festivals, September 10-20, 1992)." Fuse 16.2 (Winter 1992/93): 38-9.

“Shortcomings.” In Queer Looks: Perspectives on Lesbian and Gay Film and Video. Eds. Martha Gever, John Greyson and Pratibha Parmar. Toronto: Between the Lines, 1993. 355-367. Read online.

“Seeing Yellow.” In The State of Asian America: Activism and Resistance in the 1990s. Ed. Karin Aguilar-San Juan. Boston, MA: South End Press, 1994. 161-171. Read online.

Conference Calls: Race as Special Event in Take One. no. 5 1994.

“The Trouble with 'Asians.'” In Negotiating Lesbian and Gay Subjects. Eds. Monica Dorenkamp and Richard Henke. New York: Routledge, 1995. 123-30. Read online.

“Burdens of Representation.” In Constructing Masculinity. Eds. Maurice Berger, Brian Wallis, and Simon Watson. New York: Routledge, 1995. 291-8. Read online.

"Dear Shani, Hiya Richard." With Shani Mootoo. Felix: A Journal of Media Arts and Communications 2.1 (1995): 26–35. Read online.

"Programming the Public." GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 5.1 (1999): 73-93. Read online.

Roy Kiyooka: Non-fiction Writing

Non-fiction Writing

“Wheels, a trip thru Honshu’s Backcountry” A chapbook by Coach House Press, Toronto 1981. Republished in Pacific Windows.

transcanada letters. Talonbooks, Vancouver 1975. Repr.: 2004.
Reflections on Kiyooka's travels across Canada and identity as a Japanese-Canadian.

Mothertalk: Life Stories of Mary Kiyoshi Kiyooka. Daphne Marlatt (ed.): NeWest Press, Edmonton 1997.
Roy Kiyooka's mother, Mary Kiyoshi Kiyooka's, story from a series of interviews by Matsuki Masutani and reworked by Roy Kiyooka.

Pacific Rim Letters. Smaro Kambourelli (ed.). NeWest Press, Edmonton 2004.

Wiliam Kurelek: Writings about cultural heritage and Canada

Kurelek's Canada. Toronto: Pagurian Press; Scarborough, Ont.: distributed by McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1975. Available at OCADU Library.

Jewish Life in Canada. Edmonton: Hurtig, 1976.
Paintings & commentaries by Kurelek, with a historical essay by Abraham Arnold 

The Last of the Arctic. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1976.  Available at OCADU Library.
Kurelek's paintings of Inuit people and his personal notes.

"Development of Ethnic Consciousness in a Canadian Painter." in Identities: The Impact of Ethnicity on Canadian Society, ed. Wsevolod Isajiw. Toronto: Peter Martin, 1977. Available at OCADU Library.
Kurelek writes about about Urkranian ethnic heritage & art, religious convictions, and ethnic consciousness in addition to artistic development.

They Sought A New World: The Story of European Immigration to North America. Montreal: Tundra Books, 1985. Available at OCADU Library.
Paintings and comments by William Kurelek ; additional text by Margaret S. Engelhart.

To My Father's Village: The Last Days and Drawings of William Kurelek. Montreal: Tundra Books, 1988. Available at OCADU Library.
Includes correspondence, drawings, writing & reflections by Kurelek.

Someone With Me: The Autobiography of William Kurelek. Ithaca, New York: Centre for Improvement of Undergraduate Education, Cornell University, 1973. Available at OCADU Library.