January 16 to 19, 2012 – RED SNOW Workshops for Students and Teachers “A Collective Voice of Our History”
Using text from the play, Red Snow, participants work as an ensemble to bring their own creative expressions to the text through diverse theatrical, cultural and historical lens, with the guidance of professional artists in the Red Snow Collective.  redsnowcollective@gmail.com

October 21 to 23, 2011 – CODE Annual Conference for teachers and artists “History through Drama: A Platform for Change and Social Justice”
EMPOWER your voice through historical experiences. ENGAGE the past with the present through transformative and creative ways of art for change and social justice through poetry, playwriting and performance. EXPLORE storytelling that merges diverse cultural forms of speaking out our histories and herstories with a playwright whose upcoming play, Red Snow, weaves Chinese opera and Western theatre to give voice to a forgotten holocaust.www.code.on.ca

Saturday, October 1 2011 @ 1:30pm – 4:30pm- Culture Days 
Free Workshop located at Runnymede Library 2178 Bloor Street West at Runnymede subway station

“History Without Borders”, organized by Red Snow Collective and Toronto ALPHA. Join the community in sharing your story of war, yesterday and today. Give voice to “our” history, an inclusive one, that we can dialogue on peace for today and tomorrow. www.culturedays.ca

Red Snow and Comfort scripts available at:
Click here for Teacher’s Study Guide: Comfort Study Guide

Brief History – The Rape of Nanjing

On December 13, 1937, Japanese troops captured the surrendered city of Nanking (then the capital of China, presently known as Nanjing). The invasion was executed with the “Three-all” policy: loot all, kill all, burn all. The Japanese Imperial Army slaughtered 300,000 Chinese people in six weeks; they raped 30,000 to 80,000 girls and women, looted and burned homes. This large scale massacre and horrific mistreatment of the Chinese became known as the Rape of Nanking.

The Rape of Nanking was one of the causes that led to the establishment of the Japanese military sexual slavery system, under which over 200,000 women from across Asia, primarily Korea, were drafted as sex slaves. These women were euphemized as “Comfort Women”.

Source: The Search for Global Citizenship: The Violation of Human Rights in Asia, 1931-1945, published by Toronto Association for Learning & Preserving the History of WWII in Asia (Toronto ALPHA)

Theatre Education

Upon request professional theatre artists, under Red Snow Collective’s artists in education roster, provide workshops to youth at schools and communities.

Workshops are available in creative writing, theatre making, movement and music to explore the themes in Red Snow and Comfort by empowering participants voices, perspectives and expressions through the arts.

Contact: Diana Tso at redsnowcollective@gmail.com