Celebrating Asian Canadians who are making it while making a difference

Cold Tea Collective is celebrating Asian Canadians who are making it while making a difference in an upcoming documentary. Learn more about people featured and how to watch.

Cold Tea Collective announces its first documentary 

Celebrating the Asian diaspora and their stories is something we do everyday through Cold Tea Collective. 

Our hope is to amplify, inspire, and empower our community through stories for us and by us. 

In our first documentary film, find out how four young Asian Canadians are following their dreams while uplifting their communities and celebrating their Asian heritage.

MAKING IT, While Making A Difference

MAKING IT, While Making A Difference showcases four young Asian Canadians who are following their dreams while uplifting their communities and celebrating their Asian heritage.

The film will have an advanced screening on April 27, will premiere weekly on the Cold Tea Collective YouTube channel starting May 4th, and will be showcased for the month of May on TELUS Optik TV.

Asian Canadians making it while making a difference

Making it is hard, but there’s beauty and inspiration in the struggle. 

Chef Patrick Do is changing what it means to be a Vietnamese restaurant in Vancouver. Learn about his journey through food and identity as a young Vietnamese Canadian chef, and the visionary behind Do Chay Restaurant.

Chef Patrick Do of Do Chay Restaurant. Photo by Christopher Cho.

Saschie MacLean-Magbanua is moving through grief with dance and community. Learn how vulnerability has helped this mixed-race Filipina Canadian find joy again after losing loved ones.

Curtis Lum is fighting against anti-Asian racism from within and around him. See how his work in film and fashion are helping him fight for better representation and a better future.

Behind the scenes of MAKING IT featuring Curtis Lum. Photo by Christopher Lam.

The full feature documentary also features a podcast with Harpo Mander, creator of Brown Girl Guilt Podcast & General Manager of 5X Festival, celebrating South Asian youth culture. 

Harpo Mander. Photo by @photosbyhgrw @leenslooks & @hairtellraj 

This production was created with the support of TELUS STORYHIVE and produced by an all-Asian production team. 

See also: No business without community: RW Digital’s Ray Wang provides advice for young entrepreneurs

How to watch the Making It, While Making A Difference documentary

If you’re in Vancouver, please join us at our advanced screening event:

Wednesday April 27 
Chinatown Storytelling Centre (168 E. Pender St., Vancouver, B.C.)

Tickets are available here

It will also be available on demand on TELUS Optik TV and the TELUS Optik TV app in May in celebration of Asian Heritage Month. 

Weekly episodes will also be released on Cold Tea Collective’s YouTube channel in the month of May, so be sure to subscribe to our channel and turn on notifications. 

Join us in celebrating stories for and by the next generation of the Asian diaspora.

Feature image: Saschie MacLean-Magbanua and Roman Magbanua of Formation Studio. Image by Christopher Cho.

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People chatting at the Making It documentary screening.

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