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…

Roof to garage – the building of community

At a time when more people are turning to high-density housing in Greater Vancouver, cohousing is gaining recognition as an alternative to traditional housing. Cohousing is a housing model that aims to build intentional communities. “Traditional low-density housing is unaffordable for many, but most higher density housing often sacrifices public spaces in favour of more…

Chinese bowls of balance

People need to adjust to each season, from autumn right through to winter and spring, says Marilynne Jackson. The Chinese culture has soup to help people do just that. “Soups are made to help through [transitions],” says Jackson, a Chinese-Canadian who will be demonstrating her soup-making skills in an upcoming workshop at the Sun Yat-Sen…

Slavery and slave trade: A forgotten dark history

In addition to the three historic locations, seen in the previous edition of The Source Newspaper, the slaves’ auction place, the slaves’ chamber, and the slaves’ lashing ceremony, Zanzibar has kept the house of the last slaves’ merchant along with his tomb as part of the cultural historic tour. Being currently in renovation, we could…

Basket motifs illustrate mathematical concepts

In May 2018, the Tla’amin Nation hosted Veselin Jungic and Cedric Chauve, two mathematics professors at Simon Fraser University (SFU), to discuss a project that would combine Indigenous art and mathematics. Less than a year later, through the efforts of three SFU students, an educational tool was created to teach math to Grades 5 through…

Lunar New Year – Year of the Pig and the Pig Heroes

“A lot of people take art too seriously, they think that it belongs to people with certain skills or status, but art is just about life,” says Taiwanese artist, Yen-Chun Lu, with the help of translator Charlie Wu. Lu is the artistic expression behind LunarFest, a contemporary Asian arts and culture festival celebrating its 11th…

Examining connections and alienation

“I find that we are living in a time where people are really hungry for community. There are a lot of resources but we still feel this disconnect,” says Leamore Cohen, Inclusion Services Coordinator at Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver (JCC). February was established as Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) amongst Jewish…

Christmas the Italian way

Christmas in Italy blends many traditions, says Stefano Gulmanelli: secular and religious, modern and traditional. It’s still a little bit about mass, but also about fun and family. “It’s about shopping and presents and food and getting together,” adds Gulmanelli, the Italian-Canadian president of The Dante Alighieri Society of Vancouver, a language school and cultural…