Christmas in a Filipino home

It is December and that means Christmas decorations are seen in the neighbourhood and those “fa la la” songs are playing in the mall. Families get together in this special season to enjoy their home-cooked meals, gifts from their loved ones and also family tradition. Filipino homes celebrate this special season with a little variance.…

Designs on sustainability

Alisa Yao wants to help others adopt a more sustainable lifestyle through her work. A fourth-year product design student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) and an entrepreneur, Yao creates products that promote a more waste-free way of living. Yao believes that product design is critical to reducing waste. “It’s not just telling people to live…

Latin Women’s Business – Female empowerment through business knowledge

Starting a business in a new country can be overwhelming for newcomers. And when you come from a country with a different cultural background, establishing yourself in the Canadian business market can be a challenge. Paola Villagra, founder of the new not-for-profit society Latin Women’s Business, experienced these barriers firsthand. She now aims to pass…

Nordic traditions live on locally

Every year, the Scandinavian community celebrates, among other traditions, Santa Lucia on December 9. Elinor Barr, a researcher on Scandinavian immigration to Canada and author of Swedes in Canada: Invisible Immigrants, shares her thoughts on Swedish-Canadian history. Born in Ignace, Ontario to Swedish parents, Barr, 84, lived in Port Arthur and Fort William, where she worked…

Hidden stories of the South Asian community

The Vancouver Perspectives will be hosting Cultural Landscapes: Vancouver’s South Asian Community Nov. 26, 2017. The panel will trace the story of Vancouver’s South Asian community from the very first migrants over a century ago until the present day, uncovering and illuminating stories that may have been overlooked or hidden from the majority of the…

Migration: part of a bigger phenomenon

Migration, refugees and the movement of people crossing borders need to be better regulated in order to be safer and more orderly says Michael Doyle, director of Columbia Global Policy Initiative at Columbia University, New York, U.S.A. The professor of International Affairs, Law and Political Science will be giving a talk Dec. 2 at Green…

A glimpse at Nordic living

Vancouver is known to be a prominent hub for nurturing various cultures and traditions, including the heritage of Scandinavians. On Nov. 26, the Scandinavian Centre will be holding the Scandinavian Craft Fair. There will be vendors, Scandinavian merchandise and lunch at the event. The craft fair is open to the public or anyone who’s interested…

Lived experiences of interned Japanese Canadians

This past summer, Universal Limited theatre members Yoshié Bancroft, Joanna Garfinkel and their team have been performing a historical re-enactment of the 1942 Japanese-Canadian internment at Hastings Park in Vancouver to remember the stories of those interned there, preserve that history and draw attention to similar events happening now. Their next live performance will be…

Movement and mobility – a European perspective

In an age of ever-growing mobility, migrants and tourists mingle in great numbers in most metropolis around the world. The Green College at the University of British Columbia (UBC) will be the host of a panel entitled Images of Movement: Migrants and Tourists on Nov. 14. Led by Professors Gaoheng Zhang and Anna Casas, the…

Women leading new global thinking and change

The BC Women’s Economic Forum will take place in Surrey under the title Women Leading New Global Thinking & Change Nov. 16–17. Based in New Delhi, India, WEF organizes conferences around the world, often gathering women from more than 50 different nations. In this context, The Source met two B.C. women who will attend WEF as guest…

‘Islamophobia is intertwined with sexism’

Canada, often regarded as an inclusive, multicultural haven, has increasingly been the scene of a series of hate crimes against Muslims. This Islamophobia is concerning and based on misperceptions about Muslim people, according to Itrath Syed, PhD candidate in the School of Communication at SFU. She will give a public lecture on Gendered Islamophobia and Muslim…

Underrepresented youth tell their stories

DisPLACEment, a media arts program run by the Access to Media Education Society (AMES), looks to give young people in marginalized communities the platform and support that they need to tell their stories. Founded over 20 years ago, the Access to Media Education Society’s goal is to provide access to media training and technology for…

“Spark”ing conversations about diversity

Julie Ann Crommett wants to raise awareness about the lack of women and minorities both in front of and behind the camera. Crommett tells a sad story: across the entertainment industry, women and minorities are being under-represented. Yet, she says, there’s hope. “A lot of times, we’re defaulting to stereotypes or to the easiest shortcut…