Ricepaper celebrates 20 years

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Ricepaper is planning a special 20.4 issue to coincide with the release of alliterAsian: The Best of Ricepaper, an anthology launched at the October Vancouver Writers’ Festival. Ricepaper, the longest running publication dedicated to Asian Canadian writing, is currently also the only literary magazine dedicated to Southeast Asian Canadian writing.…

Science meets couture to foster laughter

A group of three graduate students from the SFU School of Interactive Arts and Technology have created a dress that investigates how interactive wearable technology can support social interaction through LCD lights and the sound of laughter. The design explores psychophysiological mirroring, which is the interrelation of mental and physical phenomena when people exhibit emotions.…

Simon Fraser University students make strides in personal computing

Five Engineering Science students at Simon Fraser University have joined together to create a screenless computer. The team, named ObelXTech, created the LumenX^3 as part of their Senior Capstone Design Project. ObelXTech CEO Gary Yu says, “The goal of the class is to use all the knowledge and skills we learned throughout our times in…

Youth takes on environmental challenges

Involved in environmental work since elementary school, Salina Kung is the recipient of this year’s Youth Award, one of the City of Burnaby’s Environmental Awards. From participating in elementary school cleanups to directing large waste campaigns, Kung has been heavily involved with environmental work since she was young. Kung’s first experience with environmental work came…

Grow pride and choi at workshop

Locally grown Asian vegetables have been a part of Vancouver diets for more than a century. Continuing this legacy, Grow Pride & Choi, a series of workshops hosted by Hua Foundation and the Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society, teaches beginners and gardening enthusiasts how to grow choi in their own backyards or balconies using traditional…

Two young rappers making a difference

Kwantlen Polytechnic University students awarded Top 25 under 25 Awards Even though Calvin Tiu and Rick Kumar of rap duo Big Love are no strangers to fame, they were still floored when they learned they had won spots on the Top 25 Under 25 Awards from the Surrey Board of Trade. Tiu had just got…

Art and Space in Vancouver

On March 27, the University of British Columbia (UBC) Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery will host a symposium on “Spatial Politics and the City,” addressing the issues of housing and public space in Vancouver. In two panels, speakers from disparate disciplines will shed light on the politics and history of public space in Vancouver.…

Unearthing ancient ideas at Langara’s Philosophers’ Jam

At an upcoming Langara Philosophers’ Jam event, guest speaker Michael Griffin will be sharing his passion for ancient Greek philosophy and offering a chance to gain insights into the question: “Can ancient ideas make us happy?”  The Jan. 15 public forum will begin with a presentation by Griffin, who is an assistant professor of classics…

An old math tool for a new generation

A second-generation soroban teacher, Norie Ikoma, is delivering abacus training to Vancouverites seeking to improve their math skills and learn more about the computational method’s cultural roots. Although the Japanese abacus, the soroban, is still a widely used tool for enhancing mental dexterity in Japan’s jukus, or special subject “cram” schools, it is relatively uncommon…

CiTR: Broadcasting diverse news and music from UBC

Produced out of a studio at UBC’s student union building, the CiTR radio station (101.9FM) was created as an outlet for students to discuss life on campus and local news around the university. Today, the CiTR hosts over 90 diverse music and talk programs that represent different voices in the community. According to Brenda Grunau,…

Oral history project shares stories from Iranian community

Sharing Our Stories, an exhibit at the North Vancouver Museum and Archives (NVMA), features the stories and objects of 12 Iranians living on the North Shore. Recognizing the large presence of the Iranian community, the NVMA’s assistant director, Shirley Sutherland, and her colleagues formed an advisory committee to investigate how the members of the Iranian…

Fighting to the sound of Brazilian Music in Richmond

Philip Gensaya, a pupil of Contra-Mestre Barrãozinho teaches capoeira, a Brazilian martial art, in Richmond. He’s been spreading his teachings throughout the city for about four years. His students not only learn how to fight, but also how to play musical instruments and dance to the rhythm of Afro-Brazilian music. Capoeira, a martial art that…

Turkish Ambassador sees similarities between Canada and home country

Vancouver’s claim to fame, according to Turkish Ambassador to Canada, Selcuk Unal, is that it was first – the first city to establish a Turkish Canadian Society, back in 1963. In town for Turkish Republic Day celebrations, Ambassador Unal discusses how a coincidental family fact along with tourism, a diverse palate and strong educational opportunities…