We are an online magazine that is Asian + Torontonian + Canadian.
The Origami will be your gateway to the growing Asian-Canadian population in a city known for its diverse neighbourhoods.
Toronto, with a population of 2.79 million people, has three Asian groups that belong to the top five racialized groups in the city: South Asian, Chinese and Filipino. Yet those of Asian descent, either born here or transplanted from 43 countries that comprise the world’s largest continent, remain a mystery to many, their vibrant cultures often ignored or reduced to caricatures and stereotypes.
The Origami will go beyond telling you where you can get the best spring rolls, butter chicken, pho, pad Thai, roti, samosa, sushi and shawarma. We promise to take you out of your comfort zone. We will prod you to taste dishes you’ve never heard of. We will take you to places you’ve never been to. We will introduce you to people and communities you may not have met.
In words, photographs, illustrations and videos, we will share stories about the good, the bad, the beautiful and the ugly: Asian-Canadian life in all its simplicity and complexity, in the heart of Toronto. But we will also offer you space for thoughtful dialogue and reflection, and invite you to share your own images and narratives.
Our writers, editors, photographers, designers and sales associates are veteran and new; we are Asians and honorary Asians. We are a yin and yang team, shaped by the Chinese philosophy that seemingly opposite forces are actually “interconnected and complementary.”
Why The Origami?
Origami is an ancient art form with universal appeal that originated in Asia. We also see it as a metaphor for the lives of immigrants, including Asian-Canadians, whose stories we seek to document. It’s about having a fresh start and shaping that blank page into any form one wants. One can follow set patterns, but with patience, persistence, resourcefulness and audacity, one can also create something entirely new.
Origami can be simple, but it can also be intricate and elaborate; it can be three-dimensional or multi-dimensional—just the like the stories and other media we aspire to share with our readers.
Editor & Co-Founder: Marites N. Sison
Multimedia Editor & Co-Founder: Beatrice S. Paez
Chief Copy Editor: Janet Thomas
Logo design: Saskia Rowley
Contributors: Seungwoo Baek, Mei Ling Chen, Eileen Dalusong, Diana Duzbayeva, Lin Tao, Manuela Garay, Mariyah Gonzales, Philip Kim, Samantha Lui, Shin Jae Park, Feona Hebrio, Tihmily Li