Be you, here

I come from a very settled place. It’s a city, but it feels like a town. I know families who have lived in the same neighbourhoods for generations and grandparents who attended the same high schools as their grandkids. Even my dad has lived in the same neighbourhood ever since he was a kid. When this…

All my non-relations explores kinship and reconciliation

The indigenous term “all my relations” refers to the notion of interconnectedness in all aspects of life. Clint Burnham, professor and chair of the English graduate program at Simon Fraser University (SFU), will discuss this concept in a lecture at the Coach House, Green College, University of British Columbia (UBC) on March 28. “All my…

An evening of kimono dressing

Fumiko Horan, a kimono-dressing specialist will be demonstrating traditional kimono dressing at the O Hanami Festival Apr. 5–Apr. 6 at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre. Horan, raised in Nakano, a municipality of Tokyo, introduces the culture of oiran kimono dressing and processions and the festivities in Japan associated with the oncoming of cherry blossoms- known as Sakura. “‘O…

Catharsis and reconciliation in memoir form

Vancouver-based Lindsay Wong’s debut memoir explores her childhood as a Chinese Canadian, as well as her family’s history of mental illness and intergenerational trauma. In the process of the book, Wong discovers catharsis, personal growth, and a heightened understanding of her family, and the nature of mental illness as a whole. “[Writing the book] helped…

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz – in search of a new visual language

That which identifies them, like the eye of the cyclops, a three-channel video installation by Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, will be on display at Western Front gallery from March 22 to May 4. The Puerto Rican artist’s exhibition will have an opening on March 21, followed by a live performance by Muñoz with another Puerto Rican artist,…

Cultural Calendar

Welcome to the spring season! I am finally able to recommend some outdoor events to you, such as the high energy Norooz Fire Festival at West Vancouver’s Ambleside Park and a spiritual medicine wheel ceremony at VanDusen. And with the cherry blossoms in bloom, why not also celebrate spring with O Hanami at Nikkei? Have…