Open Access – Kenya

Happy New Year everyone. Sending warm wishes from Taipei. Below is a video I edited recently for EIFL on Open Access in Kenya. “Open access is a powerful solution to the barriers that researchers in developing and transition countries face trying to access and share critical research that can improve people’s lives.” Advertisements

An Afternoon with The Zolas in NYC

Originally published on Virgin Media’s Red Room Blog. By Amy Chyan Enough about east coast CanCon darlings. There’s Feist, whose ‘1-2-3-4’ will never stop being synonymous with iPods. Drake, who Torontonians both love and hate, always referring to him as Jimmy from Degrassi, though secretly sharing his ‘Headlines’ music video every chance possible. And of…

Brooklyn Artist Embraces Nature For Inspiration

Originally published on NYCityLens.com. By Amy Chyan She hovered over the house plant and watched the ants crawl. This is what Mi Ju, 27, a Korean-born painter, installation artist and master’s of fine arts student at the Pratt Institute, does, to gather inspiration for her art. “She’s manically obsessed over nature,” teased Hiba Schahbaz, Ju’s…

Lightyear Looked to Impress with Third Show

Originally published on Virgin Media’s Red Room Blog. By Amy Chyan She sang and played guitar and wrote her own music, but wanted to break away from the singer songwriter stereotype that most female musicians face. “I basically felt trapped in the singer songwriter genre,” said Lauren Zettler before her Brooklyn show at The Rock…

Ohbijou live and in conversation at The Rock Shop, NYC

Originally published on Virgin Media’s Red Room Blog. By Amy Chyan The audience capacity at The Rock Shop in Brooklyn, New York is 120 patrons. The audience capacity at Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church in Toronto, Canada, where Ohbijou played a sold-out show for the release of their third full length album ‘Metal Meets’, is 770….

Crowd Buzzes with Energy from Foley Square to Brooklyn Bridge

Originally published on NYCityLens.com as a collaborative, special coverage of Occupy Wall Street’s ‘Day of Action’. By Amy Chyan and Julie Percha Hundreds of protesters took to Foley Square Thursday, braving the chilly temperatures for a Brooklyn Bridge march to support the Occupy Wall Street movement. Demonstrators brandishing trombones, snare drums, tambourines and even plastic…

Mile 16: Cheering on the Stragglers

Originally published on NYCityLens.com. By Amy Chyan  They don’t qualify for the elite men’s or women’s running group nor do they run on pace with the other 47 000 marathon runners. The last of the runners—the stragglers—power through at their own pace, determined to finish the 26.2 miles of the 2011 New York City Marathon….

Harlem Business Owners Worry About Possible Wal-Mart

Originally published on NYCityLens.com. By Amy Chyan Yellow smiley faces and employees’ royal-blue vests, immediately bring Wal-Mart to mind. But there are no smiley faces here in Harlem where some residents and small businesses are protesting the possibility that the national retailer will set up shop on the vacant lot at 125th Street and Lenox…

Diamond Rings Leaves Webster Hall With More Than 14 Fans

Originally published on Virgin Media’s Red Room Blog. By Amy Chyan There were definitely more than 14 and a half fans shoulder dancing and foot tapping when Diamond Rings opened for Twin Shadow at Webster Hall on Friday night (Oct. 7). John O’Reagan (Diamond Rings) joked that when he played New York City two years…