Cultural Spotlight – Of broken friendships and reunions

Theatre and film often depict how losing or drifting apart from a loved one or can affect someone. The new play Before They Cut Down Our Tree by Jenna Masuhara tells the story of two former friends who grew up before the rise of social media. Meeting again in 2018, find themselves forced to deal…

Christougenna, a month-long Christmas season

Unlike some North American Christmas traditions, Greek Christmas traditions are rooted in religion. Christmas, for them, continues to be a deeply religious holiday. Christougenna, which translates to “time of Christ,” is the second most important religious holiday in Greece after Easter. The holiday is a month-long celebration that starts on Dec. 6 (St. Nicholas Day)…

Ndidi Cascade & the Black artistic expressions of B.C.

In the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breona Taylor among others, it was more apparent than ever to many people that anti-Black racism is alive and well in the North American continent. In light of these killings, IBOP Connections (UBC) wanted to create an event to collaborate with Black artists…

Santa Lucia: A celebration of light against the dark days of winter

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…

Raising awareness, raising self-confidence

Conquer the Dragon, an event featuring a group of francophone artists from British Columbia, aims to raise awareness of children affected by special needs such as autism, dyslexia and OCD. The event doubles as a fundraiser and runs until Dec. 17 at Le Centre culturel francophone de Vancouver. The money raised by sales of the…

The glass ceiling of Punjabi theatre

Ranbir Johal, professor in the Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), faculty of Asian Studies, will deliver a seminar on gender barriers in Punjabi theatre on Nov. 12 through the Museum of Anthropology (MOA). The lecture will examine the restrictions women have historically faced in the pursuit of the performative arts in Punjab by looking at the…

International Pronouns Day -A matter of human dignity

People from all over the world will be invited to raise gender visibility through online and local affirmative actions towards a non-binary notion of gender on Oct. 21. Registration has started already. International Pronouns Day is a global initiative that understands referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is basic to human…

Funny? What’s funny?

Online dating may give us the ability to connect with people across the world, but it can also present barriers. One University of British Columbia’s (UBC) study found that understanding Canadian humour is one of the major obstacles immigrants face when using dating websites. Siqi Xiao, an international UBC Masters sociology student, was primarily focused…

Advice for BIPOC individuals working in ecology and evolutionary biology

A co-authored article published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, an online science journal, outlines career strategies for Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) researchers working in the field of ecology and evolutionary biology (EEB). The article, “Strategies and support for Black, Indigenous, and People of colour in ecology and evolutionary biology,” highlights the low…

Storytelling for change: a filmmaking contest for Canadian youth

The UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs is inviting Canadian youth to produce their own short film this summer for submission to the Storytelling for Change campaign. There’s no cost to enter, big prizes to be won, and invaluable connections to make with mentors from around the world. The contest asks young filmmakers…

The fateful meeting of star-crossed lovers

The Tanabata + Flea Market event at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre celebrates the popular Japanese star festival, Tanabata. The celebration will be held on Sat., July 4, from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. “Tanabata is the tale of two star-crossed lovers, Orihime, the star Vega, and Hikoboshi, the star Altair,” says Yukiko Nishikawa, special…

New e-journal reimagines the post-COVID-19 future

Interdisciplinary e-journal Ideas and Futures launched in May 2020 with the aim of provoking serious reflection on an uncertain post-COVID world. Founding editors Sadia Abbas and Raza Ahmad Rumi explain that the journal, which evolved out of a COVID-19 working group of scholars, activists, policy analysts, and artists, will serve as a platform for international…