The art of building trust

Yoriko Gillard, artist and PhD student in Language and Literacy Education at UBC, will be presenting KIZUNA: Past-Present-Future (A Tribute to Japanese Canadian Community) at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre on Jan. 13. As part of the museum’s Hastings Park 1942 exhibit program, her presentation will examine stories of dispossession and incarceration of…

Refuel with Japanese tapas

An izakaya, which translates to “stay sake shop,” is a lively and informal bar that typically serves a variety of small dishes and alcoholic beverages. In Japan, they are particularly clustered around train stations. Izakayas are sometimes likened to Irish pubs or tapas bars, offering a place to restore oneself after a day’s work. Izakaya…

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.…

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…

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…

‘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…

Vancouver’s Black Community honours a missing page of history

With the removal of the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts approaching, Hogan’s Alley Trust, a community-led nonprofit, along with the Western Front, an artist-run centre, is hosting conversations (Oct. 24 and Nov. 21) to honour Hogan’s Alley, then-hub of Vancouver’s Black community. Hogan’s Alley, where Vancouver’s Black community thrived, was bulldozed in the 1970s to make…

A walk in Maillardville

As part of their Culture Days celebrations Mackin House & Fraser Mills Station will be offering a walking tour of historic Maillardville in Coquitlam on Oct. 1. Maillardville was settled by French- Canadians in the early 1900s. “Coquitlam Heritage offers these walking tours so that members of the community can find out more about the…

A gathering to spotlight Maya spirituality

Avexnim Cojti wants to raise awareness about Maya, a long-practiced spirituality before the Spanish colonizers came to Guatemala. In Guatemala, a territory that had once nurtured Maya for thousands of years, many Guatemalans are devout Catholics. Yet Cojti represents one of the few who practice Maya. “I’m not saying mine is better than theirs. All…