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Trials and tribulations in the city

The journey preceding my arrival in Vancouver almost five months ago was nothing out of the ordinary. Nonetheless, I think it is central to understanding how I have been feeling since arriving in the distant patch of land that is Vancouver. I come from Catalonia, a small European nation in search of independence. I have…

A traditional Korean dance that dates to the early days of Korean agriculture | Photo courtesy of the Korean Cultural Heritage Society

Korean community pushes boundaries

The Korean population is now one of the most dynamic and visible communities in Greater Vancouver. The vast majority retain their own language and often have close ties with their homeland.  From Burnaby to Port Coquitlam, Korean supermarkets, offices, churches and restaurants are evident by their Korean-language signs and distinctive contributions to local industry. Through…

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Donald Trump and the danger of Vancouver’s toxic real estate debate

Perhaps one silver lining of this summer’s grand opening of the Trump Vancouver luxury tower will be to refocus the housing affordability discussion that’s currently generating a lot more heat than light. The bloviating con man and presumptive Republican presidential nominee has partnered to build Trump Vancouver with Holborn Group, a development firm and a…

Artist Dylan Miner | Photo by Dylan AT Miner

Exploring tradition organically

Métis artist and scholar Dylan Miner will let plants tell their part of the story in an art exhibition that will focus on traditional First Nations medicine. Michif – Michin (the people, the medicine) will open on August 5 at 6 p.m. in Gallery Gachet and occupy the space until August 28. Although the show…

Members of the SFU Anime Club.| Photo courtesy of SFU Anime Club.

Anime and Japanese culture

Animation has the ability to provide an experience that is simply impossible in reality. The expansion of Japanese culture around the world, and into Vancouver, was mainstreamed through anime and is described by SFU Anime Club executives, Stephanie Wu and Chris Baek, as “very open and versatile to anyone.” The three main aspects of Japanese…

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A screenshot from Four Faces of the Moon.| Photo courtesy of Amanda Strong
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Cultural Calendar

Put on some shades, lace up some comfortable shoes and get out of the house! There are plenty of activities to see and do right here in town. Art galleries, music festivals, theatrical productions, film screenings and cultural celebrations are just a small sample of the many events and festivals happening in and around Vancouver.…

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Steam rolling prints

What we are seeing is collaborative public art in action to produce a 4’ by 8’ woodcut print using a genuine steamroller, ordinarily employed in paving streets, as a press. This event, BIG PRINT PROJECT, took place on Granville Island over the Canada Day weekend, July 1, 2, 3, 2016. It is one of 11…

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Patbingsu (팥빙수)

It’s summer! (Someone please tell the weather that.) One of my favourite parts of summer is the warmer weather that calls for cool treats. This Korean favourite drew my attention because of its similarities to a Filipino dish I grew up with, called halo halo. Patbingsu literally translates to red bean ice, and consists of…