Did I hear you say CUSA?

CUSA (Chinese United Student Association) is one of the largest Asian associations among Canadian universities. Established five years ago with a vision to unite Chinese associations across universities, CUSA is now active in seven campuses: University of Toronto St. George & Scarborough, Waterloo, Laurier, McMaster, RyersonU and YorkU.

Fostering an environment to encompass students from any Chinese background, CUSA provides countless opportunities and benefits for students who wish to meet new people from different schools in Ontario. Three representatives volunteered to speak more about their involvement in CUSA:

– a second year student from Laurier has been involved with CUSA for two years

Sally – a third year student from McMaster highly involved executive with CUSA and

Boris – a fourth year student at Ryerson and one of the three co-presidents

Q: What makes CUSA stand out more than other Asian associations?

Boris: CUSA offers CUSA membership discount cards – it’s essentially like an SPC card. We have stores across Toronto, Scarborough, Waterloo, Laurier, McMaster. It doesn’t matter which university you go to – there will always be shops around you that are affiliated with us and give discounts. We are affiliated with Destiny’s, Chatime, Kenzo, 1Hr – these are just to name a few.
Q: What kind of events does CUSA hold?

Chichi: My favorite event is the banquet hall – my friend won a TV last year. There are mahjong events and for our winter trip, we went to New York and got to go shopping.

Boris: This year we’re thinking of New York, Chicago or Great Wolf Lodge – it has an indoor waterpark. Nothing gets better than that.
Q: How would you characterize your members?

Chichi: We have more of everyone. We have second generation, international kids or people like me who are not too Asian but not too whitewashed.

Sally: Our members include undergraduate students, graduate students, Mandarin and Cantonese speaking as well as people who speak English with minimal Chinese.


Left to right: Chichi (Laurier), Sally (McMaster), Boris (Ryerson)

Q: What are some upcoming events CUSA will have?

Boris: We’ll be holding an orientation encompassing the seven campuses we are at. We hope people come out and meet friends. School is stressful and coming out to the orientation will mean a lot to us. It’ll be on October 5 at 12:00pm on UTSG campus and a whole day event. Entrance fee is $8 but don’t worry – there will be prizes and they will be good! Also prepare to get wet!

If you are a student at any of the universities listed, above and are looking for a club to meet welcoming and friendly people, CUSA is the club for you. Check out their website at http://cusaontario.com/ for more details!


Buzz 4 Kollab @ York

Kollaboration TO is nothing unfamiliar to the student body at York University. The event has the student body buzzing all summer, looking to see fresh talent on stage. Music is one of the things that unites the diverse community at Yorku, so Kollaboration TO serves as a celebration to all its students.

The Voice of Yorku Lions

“There are so many reasons why I would want to go to Kollaboration that I don’t even know where to begin. To start, I saw the talent first hand as I was an auditionee and witnessed so many amazing performers audition. I may not have made it past the audition round, but I did see the high level of talent the judges were demanding and I am very eager to see the sure-to-be amazing performances that will happen at Kollaboration. I love music, I love dancing and I love to be inspired by excellent performers. All of this and more is why I am looking forward to Kollaboration.”

~ Carine Araujo, Class of 2016

“It was my first time attending Kollaboration last year and it was an unforgettable experience! The final contestants and guest performers demonstrated their passion for music and their talents left me speechless. I was happy to see a wide diversity of people come together to support their friends and to have a fun night with the community. The organization is truly meaningful and a great way to encourage new artists to follow their dreams. I can’t wait to attend this year’s Kollaboration!”

~ Candice Ip, Class of 2015

The voice of Kollaboration grows every year at York. This year, Belle Yang and myself are the Kollaboration Campus Ambassadors at York, and we are working hard to create excitement for this year’s event on September 21 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Yorku supports aspiring artists looking to showcase their talents. That is why the Lions will be roaring and cheering all night long at this year’s Kollaboration TO show. Looking forward to seeing all the talent and excitement that the night has to offer!

Our Proud “Kollaboration” with RUKSA

This year, Kollaboration Toronto received a tremendous opportunity to “kollaborate” with RUKSA (Ryerson University Korean Student Association). It is the goal of Kollaboration to connect with every Asian community in Toronto including student groups from different universities.

RUKSA was founded in 1997 with the aim to promote and continue the Korean culture through its community. Kollaboration had the pleasure to receive an interview from Rachel Lee, the Vice President of RUKSA. Through the interview, we were able to understand the functions and positive aspects RUKSA has brought to Ryerson University and to its community.

Questions for RUKSA

What is the mission statement of RUKSA? 

The mission statement of RUKSA is to connect the Korean student community at Ryerson University. It is imperative to encourage academic excellence while providing fun social events. RUKSA works towards providing Korean Ryerson students an enjoyable and helpful atmosphere that will make university an even better ride.


What is the vision for RUKSA?

The vision is to see RUKSA grow into a more impacting and supportive student group on campus while maintaining a solid foundation. We want to use all available resources to allow and witness RUKSA become an important part towards the life of a student throughout university.

What methods does RUKSA conduct to make sure members are connected?

During frosh week at Ryerson University, RUKSA will be among hundreds of school groups meeting new faces. In addition, RUKSA holds an orientation during the first week of school for all new and current students to meet and officially join RUKSA. As a RUKSA member, each member will receive personal calls from our HR executive for future events, seminars and trips.


How does RUKSA support the school community?

RUKSA executives actively attend all campus group meetings to make the group a bigger impact on campus. With partnerships and sponsorships across downtown Toronto, RUKSA strives to represent the school positively.

What events does RUKSA host? Which event is the biggest held every year?

RUKSA hosts drinking joint (with other Korean Student Association groups) and “Ryerson Only” events, academic seminars, “MT” (overnight trips), bowling nights, yearly orientations, spring / summer picnics and barbecues. The biggest event is the annual clubbing event called REGACY. It is the most exciting and famous event RUKSA hosts every September in the clubbing district downtown.


REGACY this year will be hosted on September 19 at Club TRYST. Please visit “REGACY RUKSA” on Facebook for tickets and information.

Questions for Rachel Lee, Vice President of RUKSA


What is your role as a Vice President of RUKSA?

As the VP, I am a representative of Ryerson University and KSA (Korean Student Association). I delegate directly with other KSA groups in Ontario and work diligently to make wise decisions and provide an environment that RUKSA members deserve.  In addition, I support and aid our President to the best of my abilities while working to ensure healthy relationships between RUKSA executive members.

How do you make yourself reachable to members of RUKSA?

I am naturally friendly, outgoing and approach members with an open attitude. I am available via social networking platforms and in person or by phone, text and email.

What encouraged you to become a member / executive of RUKSA?

As a student and young person working in the television broadcasting field in Toronto and Mississauga, I am always meeting new people and looking to build networks. Therefore, I was encouraged to become an executive of RUKSA so I can create social atmospheres and new relationships with others.

Describe yourself in three words.

Passionate / Ambitious / Must be Busy, Never Lazy


Together, Kollaboration Toronto and RUKSA will strive to represent and support the Asian community. A big thank you to RUKSA and Rachel for collaborating with Kollaboration Toronto this year.

Wish to know more about RUKSA? Visit their Facebook Page “RUKSA”.

Daily Dose: Toronto Board Meeting

This past Saturday, September the 8th was this year’s Toronto Board meeting. What is this board meeting about you may ask? Not unlike Kollaboration, it is an annual event in which a group of people that share a passion for what they do, come together and display their love for their lifestyle.  Now what is it they do you may be wondering? Roughly a thousand people (mostly from Ontario) ride long boards through the streets of Toronto dressed up in dress shirts and ties (get it? Board Meeting). Long boards if you haven’t seen them around are essentially long skateboards. The biggest functional difference is that they’re much more effective for getting around. Especially in the downtown area, long boards have become much more common and have been growing in popularity.  Last year there were just over 900 long boarders but this year, despite the rain, a total of 1003 people made it out.

On that note, if you like seeing talented people battle it out, come out to the show because it’s going to happen rain or shine this Saturday September 15th!

Daily Dose: Audio Dramas

Have you ever listened to a podcast? Most are kind of boring, right? A couple weeks ago while bored at work, a co-worker introduced me to a website called The Truth. They make short films without all the images – in other words, an audio drama – presented as podcasts. I was skeptical to begin listening to one, but these are all pretty short, and extremely entertaining. Even if you’re not watching anything, you will be so engaged and want to hear more.

Here’s my favourite one. Enjoy!

Daily Dose: Venues Galore!

Daily Dose: Animals Talking In All Caps



Whatever crazy idea you’ve ever had, somebody’s probably beat you to it, and posted about it on the internet. There’s a blogger whose Tumblr is dedicated to nothing but animals talking in all caps, which is where the above image and text is from. You might not think that writing from the assumed perspective of an animal (in all caps) is writing practice, but it is. Any form of writing. As long as you’re putting your pen to paper, or fingers to the keyboard to produce words and sentences, it is practice. Just, some of the product is a lot more amusing than others. Nonetheless, it’s important to try different forms of writing – prose, poetry, lyrics, even tweets. And those of us who’ve tried twitter know that it is actually really hard to compose a good, comprehensive message in 140 characters.

Check out Animals Talking In All Caps if you’re bored and need a good laugh 😛

Daily Dose: Rock Art

Artists always strive to be unique. They may do this with certain techniques not commonly used with mediums or they may go as far as inventing their own thing. When they start to get really good at their own thing, you really begin to realize the level of depth one can achieve with art in the conceptual sense. You begin to realize the boundless possibilities that are only allowed through art.

Rocks are as old as the galaxy and the earth. They’ve been used for primitive cave man drawings and over time they’ve been repurposed for sculpture, etc. Taking such a heavily used commonplace material and using them as a basis for a unique type of art is by no means a simple feat. Rock balancing has been around for a while but by no means is it a simple discipline.

While walking to Queen Street I noticed a crowd around what appeared to be rock sculptures. At the center of it all was a man extremely carefully balancing a concrete block on top of some rocks. The look of focus in his eyes kept the crowd silent while the annoying sounds of traffic on the street beside became so ever more apparent. I looked into it and the man behind it goes by the name of Peter Riedel, a Torontonian Photographer. I can only wonder how he has the patience to do what he does.

Daily Dose: Face Ink

Have you ever wondered what your skin would look like if it showed all of the emotional scars you’ve gained from suffering throughout your life? This unique and impressively conceptual idea is the focus of the artwork by Chinese artist, Pinpin Co.

Pinpin takes simple gel ink and applies it to the face of her subjects and minutes later, she washes the ink off. The ephemerality of the piece is representative of how temporarily emotional scars appear on your outer self.

Kollaboration Shoutouts

Kollaboration Toronto receives support from various artists in the community.

Here’s a recap of some supporters this season:

Check out the finalists one more time!

Buy your tickets at:  http://bit.ly/PcEDmw

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