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Ukrainian refugees receive therapy to deal with trauma

June 15, 2022

By Maple Ridge News | When the memories of death and destruction get stuck in the brain, they can cause lifelong disability, sheet-soaking nightmares, anger and hair-trigger tempers. A trauma workshop set for this June 24 and 25 in Maple Ridge is intended to relieve those symptoms for women who’ve fled the bombs and bullets of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Crystal Arber, a certified therapist, is leading the workshop...

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What is the future of Chinatown?

June 8, 2022

By Vancouver Sun “Chinatown is dying.” I hear this phrase often in my advocacy work. Interestingly, it is a common refrain in every major city across North America. Whether you walk the streets of San Francisco, Toronto, New York, Boston, or Edmonton, not only is this heard often, but in each of these cities, there has been a concerted effort from the respective communities to “Save Chinatown.” No matter where...

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B.C.’s public broadcaster failing Asian community: Study

June 8, 2022

By Vancouver Sun | Fewer than four per cent of the main characters in fictional shows on B.C.’s public broadcaster are Asian, the lowest of any broadcaster studied, according to a report by the Vancouver Asian Film Festival. The study, which could be the first of its kind in Canada, calculated the percentage of “main” actors who appeared to be Asian, Black or a person of colour, among scripted shows...

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Ukrainian journalist takes circuitous path to reach Vancouver

June 8, 2022

When Russia started bombing Ukraine on Feb. 24, Anna Klochko was on a weeklong holiday in Odesa and unprepared to make the life-altering decision whether to return to her Kyiv apartment or flee the country. She was rocked out of sleep early that morning and immediately started to react. “The explosion was so huge and I checked the news, it was 5 a.m.,” she said from the backyard of her...

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Chinatown needs end to ‘racist’ vandalism before city applies for world heritage status, business leader says

June 6, 2022

By Vancouver Sun Organizers of a Chinatown mural that was recently defaced are speaking out in hopes of finding solutions to safety and vandalism issues before the city applies for the community’s status as a world heritage site. Five weeks after a five-metre panel of an ox, deer, cranes and peonies were spray-painted as part of a Vancouver Mural Fest piece by local artist Carolyn Wong, they were defaced by...

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Tsek’ene, Farsi, Punjabi, Tagalog: The push to diversify languages in schools

June 3, 2022

Nine-year-old Armiti Atayi takes private Farsi classes, but would rather learn the language at her West Vancouver public school in a classroom with all her friends — something that may be possible one day, if the Education Ministry approves a new proposed Farsi curriculum. “So when I go back for a vacation to Iran, I can read signs and read books and watch Persian TV, and cartoons,” said the Grade...

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