Thai Festival: Celebrating culture and diplomacy

The 4th Thai Festival will be held on July 22–23 at the North Plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery. The festival is presented by the Royal Thai General-Consulate in Vancouver and features Thai live performances, culinary demonstrations and crafts workshops. Food and refreshments from local Thai restaurants will also be available. Admission to the festival…

A home abroad: Latin American presence in B.C.

Roots and Ties: 150 Years of Canadian and Latin History will be held on June 30. The event takes place at the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island in conjunction with Carnaval del Sol’s Latin American Week which runs from June 30–July 9. Admission to Roots and Ties is free. “We are a very young group…

Japanese-Canadian shines spotlight on picture-bride

Situated on the edge of the Japanese-Canadian community, Kiyoko Tanaka-Goto was not only a picture-bride. She was a survivor, among other things, to Emiko Morita, co-curator of Kiyo, the Spatial Poetics presented July 8 – a prelude to the Powell Street Festival. “I value her spirit and determination to survive,” says Morita. She heard when…

Opportunities for artistic expression at SFU Summer Festival

SFU’s Anime Club presents its 4th annual SFU Summer Festival, meant to mimic Japanese summer festivals commonly seen in anime series. It will be held at Convocation Mall at the SFU Burnaby Campus again this year on July 15. The free one-day event, used as a way for the club to raise funds, includes an…

Celebrating Croatian culture in Vancouver

The Croatian Cultural Centre will be holding their 2nd Annual Croatia Days Festival this year. According to Ante Pocrnic, Vice President of the United Croats of Canada, last year over 3000 people attended the festival and he expects the turnout to be even greater this year. This year the two-day event is being held from…

Vesak: A festival of new beginnings

Buddhists all over the world are celebrating the Vesak festival this month, in which they commemorate the Buddha’s birth and passing into Nirvana. Vancouver’s Tisdall Park will be the stage of the third BC Vesak Festival on May 28, organized by a joint committee of representatives from 50 Buddhist temples across the world. Surrey-based Buddhist…

Celebrating Tagore’s confluence of cultures

The Vancouver Tagore Society is hosting its 3rd annual spring festival at Surrey City Hall on Saturday May 20 to pay tribute to Bengali Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. The festival includes dance, music and poetry and will feature many different multicultural performances. Some of the performaces include Carnatic vocal music by Lakshmi Menon with Sayenden,…

Just Film Festival unveils talented Langara graduates

Three graduates of Langara College will participate at a Vancouver film festival alongside award-winning international documentaries. Jeff Berg, Amy Psyden, and Mariah Kennedy each directed student films that will be screened at the Just Film Festival taking place at VanCity Theatre between March 30 and April 1. The Just Film Festival is jointly organized by…

Investigating Jewish-Asian identity

What does it mean to be JewAsian? In challenging dominant narratives of intermarriage, sociologists and married Jewish-Asian couple Helen Kiyoung Kim and Noah Samuel Leavitt explore the ways in which they, their children and many Jewish-Asian Americans navigate this crossroads of race, religion and ethnicity. “Our work helps readers to understand how what might at…

Asian Canadian history takes festival form

Vancouver’s Asian Canadian community will be hosting their annual literary event, literASIAN, from Sept. 21–25. The theme, History and Memory, will be presented through a series of panels, workshops and book launches from 18 knowledgeable and respected authors, including Jean Barman, Paul Yee and Joy Kogawa. Paul Yee, author of many works inspired by growing…

The Hakka people featured at TAIWANfest

An opportunity has risen in Vancouver to learn and experience the food and culture of the Hakka people of Taiwan. This year’s TAIWANfest (Sept. 3–5), alongside the Vancouver Taiwan Hakka Association, sheds light on a people’s history with their Experience Hakka program. Since 1990, TAIWANfest has been raising awareness to Taiwanese history and building communities…