Gloria Chang Productions is an independent multi-media production company based in Vancouver, Canada with a special interest in social and cultural trends and issues.

Gloria Chang is a freelance journalist, writer and broadcaster. She writes in-depth magazine feature stories and columns. She also creates compelling documentaries for radio and television, often with a personal narrative. Creativity, passion and integrity are the cornerstones of her work. Meet her.

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December 21, 2011

Broadcast Date for In Search of Buddha

Sunday, Jan 1, 2012: 2:05 pm ET, AT, CT 2:35pm NT 3:05pm PT 4:05MT on CBC Radio One Tapestry
5:00 and 10:00am on Sirius Satellite 159 across North America

Does a dog have Buddha nature?

Join writer and broadcaster Gloria Chang as she lives, eats and sleeps alongside the monks at Musangsa Monastery in South Korea as she tries to come to grips with zen buddhism.

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August 2011

Truly, Madly, Deeply: The Writer's Workshop is back for Fall 2011!

Been dying to write a novel, memoir, or a creative non-fiction book but lacked the support of likeminded writers?

Launched at Langara College, continued at Richmond Cultural Centre and now at Creekside Community Centre (Olympic Village) after a four-year hiatus, Truly, Madly, Deeply: The Writer's Workshop is back! It is a focused 8 week workshop for aspiring writers - and experienced writers who need a good kick in the butt - working on a major project.

Strengthen your writing skills, develop your writing voice, revel in the joy of making art. Perhaps most importantly, find out if you have both the passion and the commitment to see your project from start to finish.

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May 2011

Speaking Flowers, Ten Thousand Spirits, and The Sea Women are now all available online

Go to www.cbc.ca/ideas/episodes/features/2011/04/05/speaking-flowers. This is a web feature for CBC Radio IDEAS where you can listen to Speaking Flowers online, but if you scroll down, you'll also be able to listen to Part 1 (The Sea Women) and Part 2 (Ten Thousand Spirits) of an amazing cultural adventure in Korea. Speaking Flowers is the third and final story on the cultural icons of Korea.

Spring 2011

Broadcast Dates for Speaking Flowers

April 5, 9pm Across Canada, CBC Radio One Ideas
May 2, 2pm Across Canada, CBC Radio One Ideas in the Afternoon

Join Gloria Chang for an intimate portrait of the Korean gisaeng through their songs, dance and poetry.
"The gisaeng were female entertainers. Plucked from the lowest of classes, they were educated and trained in the performing arts to provide both intellectual and physical beauty for the ruling class of men during a time when social contact between men and women was forbidden.

They were often called haehwa or Flower That Understands Words. But I see them as Speaking Flowers. For their legacy in poetry, dance and music."

Part Three of a Cultural Adventure. Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 9pm across Canada on CBC Radio One on IDEAS and on Sirius Satellite 137 (same day, different times). Monday, May 2, 2011 at 2pm across Canada on CBC Radio One on IDEAS in the Afternoon.

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Coming in 2011

Speaking Flowers on CBC Radio IDEAS

They were often called haehwa or Flower That Understands Words. The gisaeng were Korea’s female entertainers. They occupied the lowest class in society, yet they were central to the cultural and political life of the ruling class. They were slaves to their roles, but enjoyed the most freedom as women. They were part of a polluted class and still practiced the most refined of the arts.

Who were these women? Why do they have such a hold on the country’s imagination even though their tradition no longer exists?

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In Search of Buddha on CBC Radio Tapestry

With the clack of the wooden moktok that calls us to our 108 prostrations each morning, the monks' beautiful chanting, and the voices of my spiritual guides, here's my journey in my search for my Buddha nature.

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Upcoming: Oct 19th 2009

Broadcast of Ten Thousand Spirits on IDEAS in the Afternoon, CBC Radio One - Oct 19

Join Gloria Chang as she tests the amazing powers of the knife-dancing, fortunetelling shamans of Korea. Part Two of a cultural adventure. Monday October 19, 2009 on CBC Radio One: IDEAS in the Afternoon (that's 690 AM or 88.1FM in Vancouver, BC) 2PM across Canada and on Sirius Satellite 137 across North America (various times). Original broadcast: May 20, 2009.

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September 2009

Broadcast of Ten Thousand Spirits
Monday Sept 7, 2009 on CBC Radio One

WHAT IF the world were full of spirits who walked among us? Punishing those who didn't regularly nourish them with food and drink with untold bad luck? Bestowing good fortune on those who paid their respects with the help of a spiritual guide?

In many cultures shamans bridge the divide between the natural and the supernatural, between those living and those long deceased. The word "shaman" originally referred to the traditional healers of Siberia and Mongolia. It meant "One who knows". In Korea, they're called mansin - or Ten Thousand Spirits, referring to the belief that multitudes of spirits surround and affect all human and natural events.

Join Gloria Chang as she tests the amazing powers of the knife-dancing, fortunetelling shamans of Korea. Part Two of a cultural adventure. Monday Sept 7, 2009 on CBC Radio One (that's 690 AM or 88.1FM in Vancouver, BC) 9PM across Canada and on Sirius Satellite 137 across North America (various times). Original broadcast: May 20, 2009.

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May 2009

Broadcast of Ten Thousand Spirits
Wednesday May 20, 2009 on CBC Radio One

WHAT IF the world were full of spirits who walked among us? Punishing those who didn't regularly nourish them with food and drink with untold bad luck?Bestowing good fortune on those who paid their respects with the help of a spiritual guide?

In many cultures shamans bridge the divide between the natural and the supernatural, between those living and those long deceased. The word "shaman" originally referred to the traditional healers of Siberia and Mongolia. It meant "One who knows". In Korea, they're called mansin - or Ten Thousand Spirits, referring to the belief that multitudes of spirits surround and affect all human and natural events.

Join Gloria Chang as she tests the amazing powers of the knife-dancing, fortunetelling shamans of Korea. Part Two of a cultural adventure. Wednesday May 20, 2009 on CBC Radio One (that's 690 AM or 88.1FM in Vancouver, BC) 9PM across Canada and on Sirius Satellite 137 across North America (various times).

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July 2008

Re-Broadcast of The Sea Women
Monday July 28, 2008 on CBC Radio One

South Korea's Sea Women have been harvesting commercial treasures from the ocean floor since as early as the fourth century. With only a few tools and fishing baskets slung over their shoulders, these sunburnt and wrinkled grandmothers can dive up to twenty metres on a single breath to collect abalone, sea urchin and sea snails. Their dives mix dexterity, desire and death. But why do only women take to the waters? Join Gloria Chang unravel an ancient matriarchal mystery on Monday, July 28th 2008 on CBC Radio One (that's 690 on the AM dial in Vancouver, BC), 9PM across Canada and on Sirius Satellite 137 across North America (various times).

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April 2008

Re-Broadcast of The Sea Women
Monday April 28, 2008 on CBC Radio One

South Korea’s Sea Women have been harvesting commercial treasures from the ocean floor since as early as the fourth century. With only a few tools and fishing baskets slung over their shoulders, these sunburnt and wrinkled grandmothers can dive up to twenty metres on a single breath to collect abalone, sea urchin and sea snails. Their dives mix dexterity, desire and death. But why do only women take to the waters? Join Gloria Chang unravel an ancient matriarchal mystery on Monday, April 28th 2008 on CBC Radio One (that's 690 on the AM dial in Vancouver, BC), 9PM across Canada and on Sirius Satellite 137 across North America (various times).

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January 2008

Truly, Madly, Deeply... on hiatus for 2008

Truly, Madly, Deeply: The Writer's Group will be on hiatus for 2008. Check back late 2008 for updates for 2009. Thank you for your support and interest. What is it?

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October 2007

The Sea Women

An untold story of survival, the unraveling of a matriarchal mystery. The Sea Women is a one-hour radio documentary that takes you to the other side of the Pacific Ocean for an intimate portrait of Korean fisherwomen who use the power of their breath to harvest seafood off the ocean floor. But why is it that only women take to the waters? Find out Thursday October 18, 2007 on CBC Radio One (that's 690 on the AM dial in Vancouver, BC), 9PM across Canada and on Sirius Satellite 137 across North America (various times).

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September 2, 2007

Calling all aspiring writers... Truly, Madly, Deeply: The Writer's Group Session 3 is set to begin

The Fall 2007 session of Truly, Madly, Deeply: The Writer's Group starts Monday, October 1 at Richmond's Cultural Centre and Thursday, October 4 in downtown Vancouver (West End or Tinseltown/Chinatown).

Truly, Madly, Deeply: The Writer's Group is a 10-week workshop for aspiring writers working on a major project -- be it a column series, novel, collection of short stories, personal essays, or a creative non-fiction book. The group meets once a week to workshop ideas and writing among like-minded peers who are truly, madly, deeply committed to developing their craft. Strengthen your writing skills, develop your writing voice, revel in the joy of making art and, perhaps most importantly, find out if you have both the passion and the commitment to see your project from start to finish. Click for more information and to register.

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September 1, 2007

Truly, Madly, Deeply... News

Truly, Madly, Deeply: The Writer's Group guest speaker Mary Novik launches her novel Conceit published by Doubleday Canada today! Guest speaker Jen Sookfong Lee is making the rounds at various writing events after her first novel End of East published by Knopf Canada garnered much praise for her portrayal of three generations of Chinese Canadians in Vancouver's Chinatown. It has recently been snapped up by US publisher Thomas Dunne Books. And guest speaker June Hutton has signed with Cormorant Books for her first novel Underground due out February 2009. The trio is part of the writing group SPiN. The novelists generously shared their experiences as writers with Truly, Madly, Deeply: The Writer's Group. Read about them in one of Gloria Chang's columns: Confessions of a Writer.

August 31, 2007

Truly, Madly, Deeply... Individual Story Consultation now available

Some aspiring writers get more out of individual consultations. Feedback is incisive, practical and supportive with tips on publication. Personal essays, columns, short stories, novel excerpts, and creative non-fiction are welcome. Please contact me for rates.

August 25, 2007

A new mailing address for Gloria Chang

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July 18, 2007

Broadcast date for The Sea Women

An untold story of survival, the unraveling of a matriarchal mystery. Listen for it Thursday October 18, 2007 on CBC Radio One, 9PM across Canada, Sirius Satellite 137 across North America. And check back here for updates.

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April 22, 2007

Subscribe to the email list to stay in touch

Want to be kept up to date on projects, stories and general news & events? Subscribe to the email list. You'll be updated semi-regularly. Click here.

April 13, 2007

Calling all aspiring writers…

The Spring 2007 session of Truly, Madly, Deeply: The Writer's Group is now accepting registrations. If you think you might be truly, madly, deeply committed to telling an important story; are addicted to the flush of creative energy; or want your words to come alive for others, join us. The workshop runs for 8 weeks and starts Wednesday, May 2, 2007.

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April 9, 2007

Another successful session of Truly, Madly, Deeply: The Writer's Group

Session 2 of Truly, Madly, Deeply: The Writer's Group drew a full capacity group of writers who pondered how much is too much when telling their stories. Laughs were had, lively words exchanged, and egos tested and strengthened. Then, there was the writing. Lots and lots of writing.

Click for details on the Spring 2007 session. Click again for details on the Fall 2007 sessions.

April 8, 2007

Where the heck is the Balkans?

I am not the best at geography, so when the Balkan Literary Herald, a popular multi-national online literary magazine in the region of the Balkans, asked for permission to translate and publish one of my columns, I had only one question: Where is the Balkans? Click here for a map to find out. And click here to see that column translated into Serbo-Croatian.

Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, Greece, Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, and sometimes, Moldova, Romania and Slovenia: Thanks for reading.

January 19, 2007

Radio renovations completed

Check out past and future radio stories for broadcast. In fact, there's one coming up next week on Wednesday January 24, 2007 at 8:43PM across Canada on CBC Radio One and later on that eve Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 12:43AM PT (3:43AM ET) on Sirius Satellite 137 broadcast across North America. It's called Woman No Count.

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December 1, 2006

Truly, Madly, Deeply...Session 2!

After the successful launch of Truly, Madly, Deeply: The Writers Group at Langara College this past fall, the new three-month writer's workshop will continue with Session 2 at the Richmond Cultural Centre, Richmond, BC. Join Gloria Chang starting Wednesday, February 7th, 2007.

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September 8, 2006

Truly, Madly, Deeply...

Been dying to write a novel, memoir, or a creative non-fiction book but lacked the support of likeminded writers? Gloria Chang leads a new three-month writer's workshop at Langara College's Continuing Studies Creative and Applied Arts starting October 12, 2006.

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September 8, 2006

So you want to be a writer?

Join Gloria Chang at Langara College's Continuing Studies Creative and Applied Arts starting October 17, 2006 for a primer on freelance writing in both traditional and new journalism.

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