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Art Exhibit Explores Loss and Language

by Deanna Cheng in Vancouver Hidden behind red solid pillars in a tranquil space nestled on the edge Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, a new exhibition at the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver explores how artists move past the voids in life to produce artwork full of vitality.  The exhibition, "Realm of Possibilities,” features the work of painters Wai Yee Chiu and Synn Kune Loh as well as photographer Hailien Tam.  For Chiu and Tam, their artwork was inspired by their connections with nature and
 
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B.C. Festival Energizes Historical Japantown

by Deanna Cheng (@writerly_dee) in Vancouver, British Columbia Taiko drums vibrate through the trees across Oppenheimer Park in Vancouver, B.C. The older generations relax in the seniors’ tent as young ones in blue and pink kimonos toddle in front of the stage. Some of them hold colourful striped balloons hanging down from strings. The 39th Annual Powell Street Festival celebrating Japanese Canadian culture, traditions and identity is under way with entertainment, costumes and music. It has also returned to its usual location. [quote
 
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Getting Hot and Noisy in Vancouver’s Chinatown

by Deanna Cheng (@writerly_dee) in Vancouver, British Columbia Twelve tables of mahjong (Chinese tile game) in Vancouver’s Chinatown Memorial Square fill up with fervent game-goers within 15 minutes. Silence quickly turns into chatter mixed with the clickety clack of tiles. A diverse pocket in British Columbia's largest city comes to life. Last Saturday, a local group called the Youth Collaborative of Chinatown (YCC) hosted a public games night titled, ‘Chinatown Mahjong Social: A Hot and Noisy Night’. The games night was the
 
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How Parties Aim to Address Economic Inequality

by Deanna Cheng in Vancouver During the 2015 election campaign, one issue remained imminent for many Canadians: how will the newly elected government improve the economy? But, a question less pondered, of interest to many immigrant communities is how will the government improve economic inequalities. One economics professor from British Columbia’s Simon Fraser University recently pointed out which promises made by the major political parties in Canada made would lower inequality. “Inequality is more about wealth than income,” professor Krishna Pendakur said during
 
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Richmond Residents Divided on Immigration

by Deanna Cheng (@writerly_dee) in Richmond, British Columbia If Joseph Martinez was given the option, he would “export half of the population of Richmond back to China.” Owner of Little Paws Animal Clinic and resident of the newly created federal riding of Steveston - Richmond East in British Colombia, Martinez is upset by the “arrogance” of immigrants. His is part of a growing undercurrent of anti-immigrant sentiment in the riding. Along with contiguous riding of Richmond Centre from which it was partly carved out,
 
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S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Goes to China

by Deanna Cheng (@writerly_dee) in Vancouver, British Columbia Vancouver-based immigrant-settlement organization S.U.C.C.E.S.S. will be opening a new centre in Beijing, China, to help newcomers with the transition to Canada. This makes it the first non-profit to have an overseas pre-arrival centre in a major immigrant source country.  According to a news release, the Active Engagement and Integration Project (AEIP) service centre will provide pre-arrival services such as information on Canadian history, culture, healthcare, transportation, employment, foreign credential recognition and the education system. The
 
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Sato Cup Showcases Growth of Karate in B.C.

by Deanna Cheng in Vancouver Karate practitioners from Saskatchewan and Quebec came to B.C. recently to compete at the Sato Cup Invitational Karate Tournament on Nov. 14. Some competitors traveled from outside the country to test their skills. They came from places such as Japan, India, Grand Cayman Island and the Philippines. They also came to pay respect to the tournament's namesake, sensei Akira Sato. A karate master who often travels to teach at other dojos, Sato is an eighth-degree black belt who came to Canada
 
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Vancouver Residents Fight for Culture in Chinatown

by Deanna Cheng in Vancouver  An advocate for Vancouver’s Chinatown has started a petition against rezoning a central block in the district because she says it would cost the site its heritage designation and distinct character.  Nicole So, a graduate of the University of British Columbia (UBC), says the rezoning of the 105 Keefer site from a historic area to a development district doesn’t create space for cross-cultural, intergenerational experiences.  The 23-year-old advocate says the revised 105 Keefer plan is what “everyone” doesn’t want. The revised
 
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Youth Volunteers Support Chinatown Seniors

by Deanna Cheng in Vancouver One outreach worker is creating a bilingual volunteer program because there's not enough support for Chinese seniors, especially those in Vancouver's Chinatown. Chanel Ly, a 23-year-old outreach worker who is part of the Downtown Eastside SRO Collaborative, initiated the Youth for Chinese Seniors program because when she sees all these seniors – who are predominantly female – she thinks of her grandma. She cannot imagine not helping them out. "I can't stand seeing seniors being neglected. It's disrespectful." She
 
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Poll Question

Do you agree with the new immigration levels for 2017?

Yes - 30.8%
No - 46.2%
Don't know - 23.1%
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The honest truth is there is still reluctance around immigration policy... When we want to talk about immigration and we say we want to bring more immigrants in because it's good for the economy, we still get pushback.

-- Canada's economic development minister Navdeep Bains at a Public Policy Forum economic summit

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