The Japanese-Canadian Internment – 75 Years After

Hosted by the Vancouver Historical Society, The Japanese-Canadian Internment – 75 Years After will take place on Sept. 28 at the Museum of Vancouver. The talk will feature Japanese-Canadian activists Mary Kitagawa and her partner Tosh. In 1896, Mary Kitagawa’s grandfather moved from the prefecture of Hiroshima to Canada. He would make up the first…

Filling the gaps in World War I history

A local community historian wants to give people a more holistic perspective of World War One, particularly the Sikhs’ contribution. “My intent is to present the real inclusive history, not the one perpetuated in pop-culture and classrooms for that matter. It’s going to be a history lesson to fill in the blanks for the people…

Colouring the world, one cloth at a time

In Chinese, Maiwa means beautiful language or language of the arts. Maiwa is also the name of a foundation that operates around the world. A school of textiles loved by Vancouverites also bears the same name. It all began with a family’s passion for cloth, time and colours in 1986. Earlier in her life, Charllotte…

Learning Through the Arts (LTTA): a refuge for refugees

Maher Bahloul, University of British Columbia (UBC)’s visiting linguistics professor from The American University of Sharjah, Dubai, has constructed a Learning Through the Arts (LTTA) proposal for refugees. The concept of Bahloul’s proposal Meaningful Integration of Syrian Refugees: Targeting the Artists is based on several factors, including the recent arrival of Syrian Refugees in Canada…

App provides digital roadmap to services for refugees

With the growing number of refugees, globally and locally, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) identified a need to bridge the gap between service providers and refugees. That was when PeaceGeeks, a Vancouver-based non-profit organization, stepped in.  Founded in 2010 in Vancouver, PeaceGeeks uses global operations and leverages technology to promote peace. Their…

Reaping the lessons of food production

Cycling from Vancouver to Mexico, a group of young Canadians set out to find the reality behind organic food production. Little did they know what was ahead of them in their quest for understanding organic growing. The road trip proved to be the opposite of what they set out to do. Forearmed with knowledge on…

Kizuna – a way of healing

Yoriko Gillard has always used art as a way to deal with pain or anxiety. She will be presenting Creative Practices as Healing Aids for Human Suffering at Capilano University on March 28. As an only child, Gillard lived with the fear of losing her mother who had a heart condition and other health problems…

Bringing European concepts of architecture to Vancouver

Michael Geller will be hosting his 4th annual lecture series at SFU Harbour Centre on Feb. 15, 2017. This year, the focus will be on higher density housing with insights based on his travels in Europe. Geller is an architect, planner, real-estate consultant and property developer. Born in the UK but raised in Toronto, Geller…

Documentary looks at life in refugee camps

After Spring, a 2016 documentary, uncovers life in the Zaatari Refugee Camp by following two families and an aid worker. The film is being presented at KDocs Film Festival, Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s annual documentary screening event. The festival runs Feb. 16 to Feb. 19.  Since the start of the Syrian conflict six years ago, more…

SFU students counter extremism through competition

SFU professor Richard Frank decided to run his fourth year Advanced Issues in Cybercrime class a little differently last semester. Instead of the usual lectures, presentations and papers, the class was structured around participating in a counter-extremism competition hosted by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Frank completed a PhD in Computing…

Global citizenship engages us all. | Photo by the city of Surry

Global citizenship: something to talk about

Global citizens, according to the NGO Global Citizens Initiative, are those who identify beyond their own country’s physical and cultural borders with a more international community. Are we all global citizens? Should we be? The tough questions of how humanity should feel about itself at home and on an international scale will be tackled in…

Speaking up to remove the stigma behind autism

The ANCA World Autism Festival showcases the hidden talents of people who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. This year’s festival begins Sept. 30 with over 100 international delegates, cultural organizations and world ambassadors.  Autism Naturally Consulting is one of many organizations that provides resources and supportfor people diagnosed with autism. Leonora Gregory-Collura and her…

Retracing the Cuban-Chinese connection

Earlier this month, Kin-sheun Louie from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and co-author of Transmitting Chinese Medicine to Cuba: A Byproduct of the 19th Century Coolie Tradetalked about the Chinese-Cuban connection and the impact of migrant workers from China to Cuba. Louie participated in a community dialogue as guest of the Pacific Canada Heritage…