Vancouver: My new home

I was born and raised in Dubai, a multicultural city in the United Arab Emirates. Even though I grew up in Dubai, I couldn’t call it my home because it is impossible for expats to gain citizenship in the United Arab Emirates. Children who are born in Dubai automatically take the citizenship of their father.…

The art of building trust

Yoriko Gillard, artist and PhD student in Language and Literacy Education at UBC, will be presenting KIZUNA: Past-Present-Future (A Tribute to Japanese Canadian Community) at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre on Jan. 13. As part of the museum’s Hastings Park 1942 exhibit program, her presentation will examine stories of dispossession and incarceration of…

Refuel with Japanese tapas

An izakaya, which translates to “stay sake shop,” is a lively and informal bar that typically serves a variety of small dishes and alcoholic beverages. In Japan, they are particularly clustered around train stations. Izakayas are sometimes likened to Irish pubs or tapas bars, offering a place to restore oneself after a day’s work. Izakaya…

Youth find their voice at the PuSh Festival

The Youth Assembly, a one-day performing arts conference run by and made for youth, is returning to this year’s PuSh Festival. The Assembly will also be one of the final meetings for this year’s PuSh Youth Academy, a smaller group that for the last two months has regularly met up to see shows, listen to…

Mother-son team of artists explore ghosts and death

When Derya and Dilara Akay found out they could work together on an art project that has personal significance to them, they jumped on the opportunity. “We live on different continents and with this project we wanted to spend time together and learn from each other in the light of collaborating as artist aside from…

Cultural Calendar

Welcome everyone to 2018. I hope this year finds all of you well! Start your new year off right by attending some of the many events and activities taking place around the city. Don’t let the chilly, cold weather keep you from attending an art gallery opening, a theatre play, a documentary screening or a…

Ebi Sunomono

Vinegar is a much underutilized ingredient in the kitchen, in my opinion. It can transform ingredients that are ordinary or plain into a magical dish. In wintertime, I feel we often end up eating dishes that are heavy or rich, due to the fact it’s the holidays, or because it’s comforting in the cold. While…