The Charming Taste of European… Cinema !

The Charming Taste of European… Cinema!The Charming Taste of Europe is a special project that introduces exquisite items to the UnitedStates and Canada, such as Italian and French wine and fresh fruit from Greece, that showcase allof Europe’s charm, beauty, culture, history, art, heritage, and unmistakable tastes. When it comesto… charm, the European Union’s filmmakers…

New relationship stressor: fidgeting

If seeing someone fidget makes you anxious, then you might have misokinesia (hatred of movements). Sumeet Jaswal and Todd Handy, PhD want to find out why one in three people have such a profound reaction to small, repetitive movements. They are leading an extended University of British Columbia (UBC) study on the topic to find…

Indigenizing The Museum of Vancouver

The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is one of the country’s largest and oldest civic history museums, with a long history dating back to the late nineteenth century. Today if one visits the museum, the very first thing one would encounter is a strong Indigenous presence according to University of British Columbia (UBC) anthropology professor Bruce…

Cultural Spotlight: The Indo-Fijian story in the Lower Mainland

The Indo-Fijians: Surrey’s Pocket of Paradise, the largely untold story of the Indo-Fijian community in the Lower Mainland is open to the public at the Museum of Surrey. The exhibit, created by Rizwaan Abbas, was, he says, inspired by his father and his community. “What I really wanted to do with this exhibit was to…

Racial bullying in schools – a grim picture

An estimated 58 per cent of Canadian youth (12–18 years old) declare they have seen kids bullied based on their race or ethnicity at school, according to an August 2021 survey data, in partnership with the University of British Columbia (UBC), from the Angus Reid Institute. “The reason for the survey was anti-Asian violences in…

Challenging the status quo: Inequities in a pandemic

A better world has at its foundation the return to values learned in childhood, says academic-activist Manjeet Birk, PhD. “These values are interconnected to larger issues of social justice, like the ongoing effects of colonization, the environment and racial justice,” says Birk. As an instructor of a newly developed critical race studies minor program in…

Design to better authenticate citizen journalism

Citizen journalism has become more and more prominent in the era of social media, where sometimes news is being disseminated real-time on the spot through eyewitness reports before they even reach mainstream media. And perhaps there is no better phrase than ‘the revolution will be tweeted’ to capture the critical role of citizen journalism in…

PIRS offers a helping hand to Afghan women and children

“The news coming out of Afghanistan is about how women leaders are fleeing for their lives, and girls are being denied the right to education,” says Holly Benna, Pacific Immigrant Resources Society’s (PIRS) communications and marketing associate. PIRS, a grassroots organization focused on local action, is one of the few organizations across Vancouver and the…

Cultural Spotlight – Sonya Lalli – a writer breaks from conventions

Canadian-born author of Indian heritage Sonya Lalli is this year’s Richmond’s writer-in-residence. She writes novels aimed at diverse groups, and in her novels, she covers topics like interracial couples and the difficulties that women of colour face through adolescence. Lalli attended university in her hometown of Saskatoon and later Columbia University in New York where…

The Bridge Program is helping newcomer youth achieve success

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020, Simon Fraser University’s (SFU) Bridge Program, which helps newcomer youth in Canada adapt to their new surroundings and set meaningful goals for their future, took on both common and unique challenges. Rachel Nelson, an associate director at the Office of Community Engagement (OEC) at SFU, who helps lead…

Cultural Spotlight – Sovereign Elevations: artful engineering

With bold strokes of colour, a touch of perspective and her expertise of visualization, Vancouver-based artist, author and engineer Kiranjot Kaur is redefining artistic mediums and celebrating Sikh culture through her Sovereign Elevations art exhibit. “Creating art is like communicating in my own personal language, but one that others can experience through their visual interpretation,” says Kaur.…