The move to Canada

One day I came home from work and opened my Gmail to find the golden email from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) – a request to submit my passport at the nearest Canadian High Commission. Finally, a new adventure was about to unfold. I was going to be a Permanent Resident in Canada (Kanedaaaa!). I…

Ethnic identity in writing

With eleven featured authors, LiterASIAN is the biggest celebration of Asian Canadian writing in the city. The festival runs Sept. 21–23 and will provide an array of stories, styles and events, ensuring something for every literature lover to enjoy. One of the featured authors at this year’s festival is Kevin Chong, whose most recent book, The…

Haggling in India

It feels as though everyone in India is an entrepreneur. A fair assumption when travelling the country is that no product or service is too insignificant to bargain over. Even those already in employ, such as IndiGo baggage charge collectors, appear somewhat disappointed not to be cajoled. An expectant look, daring you to twist their…

Home sweet home

Vancouver-based artist Germaine Koh describes her work as “An attempt to be attentive to the poetics of daily life.” With the help of the City of Vancouver, Koh plans to show Vancouverites how poetic their city really is. Known for her See–Saw Seat off of Main Street, Koh plans to impress her audience with an…

Silence, suspended

Ontario-based artist Xiaojing Yan, known for fusing together traditional Chinese artistic techniques with contemporary practices, will be presenting In Suspended Silence, an installation work based on symbolism. Yan’s first solo art exhibition in Metro Vancouver will run Sept. 14–Nov. 10 at Richmond Art Gallery ( RAG). “This exhibition will be a unique experience” says Xiaojing Yan.…

Cultural Calendar

The 2018 Fall Equinox begins on Sept. 22, ushering in the end of summer and the start of autumn. The summer days may be over for the year, but the events continue! From art gallery exhibits and folk dancing to theatre nights and musical performances, there are plenty of festivities, celebrations, exhibits and shows to…