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.…

Changed behaviour needed for reconciliation

“Canada, by existence, is racist in that it exists because it was able to frame Indigenous peoples as primitive, non-political subjects incapable of owning land,” says Eva Jewell associate professor of Sociology and research director at the Yellowhead Institute, a policy think tank located at ‘X University,’ formerly Ryerson University, in Toronto. “This is used…

Cultural Spotlight: A dream come true

It was all a dream – literally. Rebecca Lyon was in the middle of pursuing her PhD in Indigenous studies when she had a dream about a jacket, unlike any she had ever worn. “One of our teachings as Ojibwe people is to listen to our dreams, and the dream was me in a jacket,”…

How to bake a financier

Be whisked away on a European adventure full of class, elegance and dainty desserts all from the comfort of your own home. Betty Hung, co-owner and head pastry chef of the French-inspired Beaucoup Bakery, is reaching new heights with not only her delicious pastries but by sharing her love of baking with children through UBC’s…

Cultural Spotlight – The Hands of Knowledge: female perspective

“The fact that these are women doing this work is great because look at the work, it’s phenomenal,” says artist Joanne Finlay. “It’s the knowledge that they carry, it’s the patience that they have.” An exhibition curated by Finlay, titled The Hands of Knowledge, showcases, until Sept. 26, the work of six Indigenous women at…

Beyond the buzzwords: conversations on diversity, equity and inclusion

“Over the past year, the Black Lives Matter movement [and] the Indigenous movement have both created an opportunity to publicly acknowledge systemic racism and have deeper conversations on it,” says Sangeeta Subramanian, founder of Chetana Consulting, a firm specializing in equity, diversity and inclusion. There have been conversations around diversity and inclusion in Canada for…

Cultural Spotlight: Podcasting: space and storytelling

Podcasting has been growing as a media format. Inspired by oral storytelling, Darylina Powderface will be joining it this summer with Aiysiniiksin: Keeping the Tradition Alive. “I want to see more Indigenous love and joy and I think there is room for that,” says Darylina Powderface. Part of the podcast’s title, Aiysiniiksin, is a word…

Looking at immigration through the occupational lens

Immigrants have been an integral part of Canada’s mosaic cultural landscape for a very long time, and recently, innovative researchers have been asking some thoughtful new questions about the immigrant experience in the last few decades. How have changes and challenges in the new environment impacted their psychological wellbeing? How can policies help immigrants to…

Cultural Spotlight – Cross-cultural writing: the exchange and combination of writing and knowledge

Despite younger generations reading less in general, Shuyu Kong believes that storytelling and sharing those stories will endure. The Chinese/Canadian Writing Speaker Series, after three successful events, will display the final event June 18 showcasing the benefits of writers crossing cultural lines to create unique and successful works of literature for readers across the world.…

When digital citizens meet internet memes

Why do people use and create internet memes? Can you trace the impact of internet memes offline? How does an internet meme circulate and evolve into different versions? Should we set a boundary on internet memes? Bonnie Tulloch, a doctoral student at the iSchool at UBC, has been exploring the answers to some of these…

Cultural Spotlight – What do babies know about numbers?

The UBC Early Development Research Group (EDRG) will host their latest Wonder Kids talk with associate professor and developmental psychologist Darko Odic (PhD) on May 29. The webinar will explore the fascinating world of numbers and math concepts that infants can understand. Odic has always been passionate in revealing through research the way that infants…