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Poppies in Without Mountains or Water: Vancouver’s Opium Roots Remembered Through Landscape

  I was invited by Rebecca Donald to write an essay on her new installation, Without Mountains or Water. It is currently on exhibition at Gallery FUKAI located at 602 E. Hastings Street. It opened April 1, 2011 and walk-in viewings are on Mondays and Wednesdays from April 4-30, 12–4 pm.   Poppies in Without […]

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On My Parents, Tea & Autumn Leaves

One of the best things about living at Woodward’s is that it’s easier for my parents to visit me. They know the location of Woodward’s well, as many people do, and they go to Chinatown regularly, so popping by is stress free and convenient. Lately, it seems the frequency of parental visits have increased to […]

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Gift & Craft Fair Brightens Up Tinseltown

Last Sunday I went to the International Village Gifts & Crafts Fair (September 18-19, 2010) and below are my top six favourite stalls. The mall complex, incorrectly but more popularly known as Tinseltown, is located at 88 West Pender Street, just west of Chinatown and two blocks away from Woodward’s. Many people know Tinseltown’s troubled […]

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Jack Chow’s Junk

If you live in Vancouver then you must know about the famous “narrowest building in the world,” located on the corner of Carrall & Pender. The Sam Kee building is 1.5m wide and is currently home to Jack Chow’s insurance business. I walked by it today and was struck by a stack of empty boxes. […]

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Dr. Sun Yat Sen Garden Fundraiser

I was invited to Dr. Sun Yat Sen Garden’s fundraiser last week. Here are some photos from the evening: The lineup outside. Two horses in the distance. People mingling inside. Lanterns in the water and a studio for taking pictures in Ming dynasty costume. This couple chose to pose as empress and peasant. More props. […]

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