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Swing set

Item consists of a Filipino-Canadian family's home movie featuring two children and a doll on a swing set.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: “At a neighborhood park, close to their townhome on Mississauga Valley, Martin and his sister aged 4 and 2 are playing on the swings, and filmed by their father. On the third swing they’ve placed a Cabbage Patch Doll on the swingset. The dolls were really big in the eighties, and unopened ones were worth a lot of money. Martin and his sister would often go to the park and play together whenever their parents allowed them, but they were never unsupervised. Growing up, Martin only had one cousin who lived in Canada near Pape Station, and then Markham. He spent a lot of time playing with his sister.

There is a community of Filipinos in Mississauga, and growing up, the Edralins had a close-knit group of family and friends. In 1983, when the footage was taken, there were no condos in the neighborhood. When Martin used to attend Francis Xavier Secondary School at the intersection of Mavis Rd. and Matheson Blvd, there was a farm across the street. Demographically, the neighborhood has changed immensely. At his elementary school, there were about three Asian families, four black kids who were brothers and the rest of the children were white.”

Tennis : adults

Item consists of a Filipino-Canadian family's home movie featuring two men playing tennis at a park.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: “Martin’s grandfather and neighbor, who is also Filipino are playing tennis together.

There is a community of Filipinos in Mississauga, and growing up, the Edralins had a close-knit group of family and friends. In 1983, when the footage was taken, there were no condos in the neighborhood. When Martin used to attend Francis Xavier Secondary School at the intersection of Mavis Rd. and Matheson Blvd, there was a farm across the street. Demographically, the neighborhood has changed immensely. At his elementary school, there were about three Asian families, four black kids who were brothers and the rest of the children were white.”

Dancing the wave

Item consists of a Filipino-Canadian family's home movie featuring children interacting with the camera and two women in the background setting a picnic table for a barbeque in the backyard.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: “The year is 1983, and Martin’s dad is filming him and his sister, aged 4 and 2 in their backyard home on Mississauga Valley Blvd. in Mississauga. Their dad wanted to see them dance, and they adorably practice “the wave.”

There is a community of Filipinos in Mississauga, and growing up, the Edralins had a close-knit group of family and friends. In 1983, when the footage was taken, there were no condos in the neighborhood. When Martin used to attend Francis Xavier Secondary School at the intersection of Mavis Rd. and Matheson Blvd., there was a farm across the street. Demographically, the neighborhood has changed immensely. At his elementary school, there were about three Asian families, four black kids who were brothers and the rest of the children were white.”

Fishing

Item consists of a Filipino-Canadian family's home movie featuring three men fishing, celebrating, reeling in, and gutting fish on the boardwalk.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: “Martin’s grandfather on his mother’s side and a family friend are fishing in Wooler, which is a small town close to Peterborough, ON. Vacations that the family took together were generally local, about two or three hours away, and they were invited by friends who have access to cottages. In the clip, they excitedly catch a fish and begin clipping it. Martin remembers going fishing with his dad and really enjoying holding the fishing rod.”

Tennis : children on the court

Item consists of a Filipino-Canadian family's home movie featuring two men playing tennis at a park and two children on the court.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: “Martin’s grandfather and neighbor, who is also Filipinos are playing tennis together.
There is a community of Filipinos in Mississauga, and growing up, the Edralins had a close-knit group of family and friends. In 1983, when the footage was taken, there were no condos in the neighborhood. When Martin used to attend Francis Xavier Secondary School at the intersection of Mavis Rd. and Matheson Blvd, there was a farm across the street. Demographically, the neighborhood has changed immensely. At his elementary school, there were about three Asian families, four black kids who were brothers and the rest of the children were white.”

Birthday cake

Item consists of a Chinese family's home movie featuring three adults and a girl blowing out candles on a birthday cake, reading a booklet titled “happy birthday mom,” removing the candles, and slicing the cake.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: “Shortly after arriving with her family in 1968 Canada, Millie’s family visit Niagara Falls. This clip is the last recorded film of her older sister, Wendy, before she was killed in a car accident in the fall of that year. The next time the camera is picked up is for the birth of her younger sister Cecilia.

The other selected footage feature several outings to cottage country and parks all across Southern Ontario, as well as the Eastern seaboard. Millie’s parents had an immense appreciation for the outdoors and wanted to nurture this relationship in their children. Mavericks in their own way, the Chens encouraged their children to take part in various cultural experiences. Millie and her sister were both trained in the arts and later continue to take part in the arts world through their careers. In February 1977, Millie plays the piano at her recital in a concert hall at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Always nervous when performing publicly, Millie was grateful to be wearing her mother’s hand made skirt that was long enough to hide her trembling knees.

During Cherry Blossom season her family enjoy a beautiful afternoon in High Park. Unlike the present day, the park is mostly empty outside of a few people in the background. Her father who usually is behind the camera can be seen enjoying the day with his family. Over the years, Millie and her mother would occasionally take over the filming to get their father in front of the camera. Her mother is particularly teasing and playful on this day. She can be seen laying in the grass kicking up her feet and winking at the camera.”

Feb. Piano concert 77

Item consists of a Chinese family's home movie featuring a girl playing the piano in front of an audience, a woman watering plants at home, and family members in a living room.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: “Shortly after arriving with her family in 1968 Canada, Millie’s family visit Niagara Falls. This clip is the last recorded film of her older sister, Wendy, before she was killed in a car accident in the fall of that year. The next time the camera is picked up is for the birth of her younger sister Cecilia.

The other selected footage feature several outings to cottage country and parks all across Southern Ontario, as well as the Eastern seaboard. Millie’s parents had an immense appreciation for the outdoors and wanted to nurture this relationship in their children. Mavericks in their own way, the Chens encouraged their children to take part in various cultural experiences. Millie and her sister were both trained in the arts and later continue to take part in the arts world through their careers. In February 1977, Millie plays the piano at her recital in a concert hall at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Always nervous when performing publicly, Millie was grateful to be wearing her mother’s hand made skirt that was long enough to hide her trembling knees.

During Cherry Blossom season her family enjoy a beautiful afternoon in High Park. Unlike the present day, the park is mostly empty outside of a few people in the background. Her father who usually is behind the camera can be seen enjoying the day with his family. Over the years, Millie and her mother would occasionally take over the filming to get their father in front of the camera. Her mother is particularly teasing and playful on this day. She can be seen laying in the grass kicking up her feet and winking at the camera.”

Cecilia Runnymede School, Sings the Rainbow 1977

Item consists of a Chinese family's home movie featuring a children’s choir recital.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: “Shortly after arriving with her family in 1968 Canada, Millie’s family visit Niagara Falls. This clip is the last recorded film of her older sister, Wendy, before she was killed in a car accident in the fall of that year. The next time the camera is picked up is for the birth of her younger sister Cecilia.

The other selected footage feature several outings to cottage country and parks all across Southern Ontario, as well as the Eastern seaboard. Millie’s parents had an immense appreciation for the outdoors and wanted to nurture this relationship in their children. Mavericks in their own way, the Chens encouraged their children to take part in various cultural experiences. Millie and her sister were both trained in the arts and later continue to take part in the arts world through their careers. In February 1977, Millie plays the piano at her recital in a concert hall at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Always nervous when performing publicly, Millie was grateful to be wearing her mother’s hand made skirt that was long enough to hide her trembling knees.

During Cherry Blossom season her family enjoy a beautiful afternoon in High Park. Unlike the present day, the park is mostly empty outside of a few people in the background. Her father who usually is behind the camera can be seen enjoying the day with his family. Over the years, Millie and her mother would occasionally take over the filming to get their father in front of the camera. Her mother is particularly teasing and playful on this day. She can be seen laying in the grass kicking up her feet and winking at the camera.”

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