A Candle for Canada’s 150th Birthday

This blog post is light and small like a cupcake. 2017 is Canada’s 150th year as a country. Sure, the country did exist centuries before, as a collection of different nations of native Indian and Inuit peoples.  That memory and consciousness is still with us today alongside with Canada – in their voices, in names of some…

More than Just Dragons- Art on Chinese-Canadian Experience

Don’t get me wrong: I love dragons. A dragon pops up often enough:  whenever there is a celebration or poster flogging a Canadian Chinatown event or something involving Chinese-Canadian history or culture. I love the dragon for its aesthetic drawing power –in parades, dance, paintings, textiles, rugs, sculpture and jewellery. Dragons in Canada- Convenient Icon? However, I…

From Race Around the World Series: Chinese-Canadian. Part 14

There’s a bunch of juicy topics I haven’t blogged much in Cycle Write yet –racism, identity and immigration. Yes, there could be personal stories, musings and strong opinions that I could stuff my blog like a bloated fish.   Instead for now, I took up the invitation of another blogger, Holistic Wayfarer and answered questions for her…

Asia in My Dreams: Romanticizing the East

After half a century, I still haven’t been to Asia yet.  Being Canadian-born and resident in Canada all my life ( Huron-Iroquois native Indian for “Kanata“, meaning village), I have only impressions and tenuous connections to ancestral land of China. As Asia hurtles along in the 21st century to remake itself, I have had to…