Vive Vancouver!

It’s a French festival…with a Canadian twist! The upcoming Bastille Day celebration will bring French art and culture to all corners of the world, including Vancouver on July 14. And this worldwide event may have been started by Canadians, says Victoria Batrel. “It’s National French Day. In French we call it, “la fête du 14…

A culture on the cusp

The unique Uyghurs! This Chinese ethnic minority shows influences from Turkey, Asia and Europe, but the Uyghurs have their own distinct traditions, says Turnisa Masidik. In Vancouver, 300 Uyghurs are holding onto that identity. “Uyghurs are a Turkic ethnic group,” says Masidik, an Uyghur activist and long-time member of Vancouver’s Uyghur community. “Some are in…

Celebrating Croatian culture in Vancouver

The Croatian Cultural Centre will be holding their fourth annual Croatia Days Festival this year. According to Ante Pocrnic, Vice President of the United Croats of Canada, over 3000 people attended the festival in previous years and he expects the turnout to increase yet again. This year the three-day event is being held from June…

A month of Italian stories

They have undergone poverty, widespread discrimination, and even, in World War II, internment. These are Vancouver’s early Italian immigrants. Angela Clarke tells their story. “Italians had big families, and those that came were often the fifth or sixth son,” says Clarke, museum director and curator at Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver. “There was…

Is new media art strictly Western?

Two scholars with an intercultural approach to new media art will be sharing their methodology with academics and artists alike on June 8. Substantial Motion Research Network will host Cross-Cultural Roots for Media Practice, a three day discussion-based workshop at Vivo Media Arts Centre. The facilitating scholars Laura Marks and Siying Duan, aim to inspire…

Art on the move

Community organization Coast Mental Health is bringing its popular art show on the road to venues around the lower Mainland with their first ever Art Project Roadshow. “As you can see,” says Coast Mental Health Resources Centre program manager Justin Hachlaf, “we used to have shows and sell our art here.” He indicates the paintings,…

Reading India in Vancouver

“Don’t be chicken about butter chicken! It’s important to accept and trust in all parts of yourself, including the culture from which you come,” says Mahtab Narsimhan. Narsimhan is a Canadian author of young adult novels who originally hails from India. Her newest novel, Embrace the Chicken, deals with just such an immigrant experience. She…

Vancouver en francais? A picture of the French in Vancouver

Maurice Guibord will address the francophone community’s impact on the historical and economical landscape of Vancouver in a lecture titled The Francophone Pioneers of Vancouver: A Little-known History and Legacy. Guibord is the president of the Société historique francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, a not-for-profit organization that aims to highlight the history and culture of the…

A taste of Judaism

It’s the order of the day! Seder, meaning order, is a Jewish festival at which Jews (and privileged guests) eat ritual food and have conversation. One such upcoming dinner will give Jews and community members the chance to experience key elements of Jewish heritage, say Jennie Johnston and Sandra Hochstein. The dinner is part of…

Reclaiming history and imagery

In the ever-changing modern world, the importance of media and its portrayal of the history and narratives of marginalized groups has increased dramatically. As more people turn to social media and online sources for information about the world and the people around them, the need to address misconceptions has become more apparent. Aisha Amijee, executive…

Captured Alive…Still Alive…Since the 18th Century

History has value as long as it remains alive in people’s hearts, souls, minds and educational systems. It otherwise remains buried under the notes and papers of historians, in libraries, and in national and international archives. While it remains unclear whether this portrait belongs to the former or the latter, it does seem to awaken…

Making long term care multicultural

Care for British Columbia dementia patients needs to improve, says Habib Chaudhury. Right now, he says, the main focus is on physical health, on keeping patients fed and pain-free. But a patient, even an elderly one in care, is more than a body. “Person-centred care, a movement that started twenty-five years ago, look[s] at a…

From many mother tongues

As Canada continues to welcome immigrants, the language diversity within the country continues to increase. The 2016 census shows that over seven million Canadians report having an immigrant mother language (non-English, French or Indigenous languages), which is a 13.3% increase from 2011. Paivi Koskinen, PhD, a linguistics professor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, lends her insight…