With Vancouver's large and ever-growing Asian Canadian population, racism against Asian people isn't always seen in overt ways, and often manifests through passive-aggressive means to skirt around political correctness.
Then again, in my own life, I've been called a "chink" more than a "Jap", and a ranting woman walking by me in Yaletown once called me a "fucking child of geisha". I covered by mouth giggling and gave her the peace sign. Which I turned into the finger.
Anyhow, two episodes from the ABC News series What Would You Do?, which takes a look at how bystanders would react to witnessing examples of discrimination, focus on racism against Asian Americans.
In a back alley a few blocks east of Cambie Street and few blocks north of 16th Avenue, I noticed what I took to be a fat little bumblebee in the middle of the lane, going around and around in a tight circle.
One way or another it was probably dying—from a parasite or a virus or just advancing decrepitude.
Fall is the time when bumblebee colonies naturally die off—all but the fertilized queens who will hibernate through the winter, emerge in the spring and give birth to a new bumblebee colony.
It’s a small event—the death of a single bumblebee—but it served to remind me of the larger ongoing unnatural die-off of honey bees and bumblebees around the world.
If you're planning to take a flight, you'll be pleased to know that Vancouver is home to the most efficient airport in Canada.
A team of international aviation academics at the University of British Columbia's Sauder School of Business evaluated and ranked 200 airports and 26 airport groups in the ATRS Global Airport Benchmarking Report.
They measured the airports according to operational and management efficiency and cost competitiveness. The more efficient the airport is, the cheaper the fees are for both passengers and airlines.
Yes, the multi-titled celebrity—former Star Trek star, activist, LGBT icon, internet sensation, self-effacing goofball—otherwise known as George Takei is beaming up to our Canadian metropolis to share his words of wisdom, inspiration, and humour.
Takei publicly came out as gay in 2005 in response to then California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's rejection of a same-sex marriage bill. Since that time, he has gone on to enjoy a new and unexpected career as an online celebrity, combining activism and humour for LGBT causes and also raising awareness about the Japanese American internment experience.
Takei himself was an internee during the Second World War, and he went from living with his family on skid row to becoming a Hollywood star.
Certainly I did get out of bed.
I packed up my “campsite” and I navigated my way through the light morning traffic and back alleys to get to my morning coffee and Big Breakfast—“sub round eggs”!
But what really—really—woke me up was the sight of the big truck’s front end suspending in mid-air with its front wheels several inches off the ground.
Mentally at least, I rubbed my eyes.
Like some thing out of a movie or two
Wow. Wasn’t it just like that big floating truck the kids show to Natalie Portman’s character Jane in Thor: The Dark World.
Had I perhaps stumbled onto some early morning paranormal phenomenon?
Yes and no. Yes it was just like a movie special effect. And no, it wasn’t paranormal.
A nonprofit organization that's freaking out over the presence of Chinese-language signs and advertisements in Metro Vancouver has made known its "latest activism project".
Putting Canada First, which has earned the ire of NDP deputy leader Libby Davies, has issued its own guidelines for public signage and ads in North Vancouver and West Vancouver.
In an email to reporters, politicians, and others, Putting Canada First spokesperson Brad Saltzberg writes:
Rasode did it with the support of some Surrey firefighters.
Watch the video below and see what happens at the end.
Rasode, who's expected to enter Surrey's mayoral race, then issued a challenge to three local mayors to do the same.
Port Coquitlam's Greg Moore, Coquitlam's Richard Stewart, and Vancouver's Gregor Robertson were the three she identified.
Yesterday (August 19), American television network ABC closed a deal to create a pilot based on Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield’s best-selling 2013 memoir, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth.
Justin Halpern—creator of the sitcoms $#*! My Dad Says and Surviving Jack, both based on books he wrote—will executive produce and write the show. Hadfield will act as consulting producer.
Billed as a family comedy, the show will deal with the challenges an astronaut faces as he returns to earth and his family. No word on casting as of yet, but the main role will obviously require a healthy mustache.
The National Hockey League and a lawyer representing hockey player Todd Bertuzzi have claimed that there's been resolution to a 10-year-old act of retaliation at Rogers Arena.
However, TSN has quoted Steve Moore's brother Mark saying there's no deal between the former Colorado Avalanche hockey player and Bertuzzi.
"I got a text message from Steve last night and he's very concerned," Mark Moore told TSN. "He says there is no deal yet and isn't sure what to do about all the media speculation."
On March 8, 2004, Moore suffered three broken vertebrae after Bertuzzi chased him and jumped on top of him at Rogers Arena.