Let’s not love this place to death

Image shows city graphic on white background in black box with text to the right that says: Balancing Act: Revitalization Without Gentrification

Can New Westminster progress and evolve without falling prey to gentrification?

The Festival of Lights Away From My Motherland

close up of diwali candles lit up

You just cannot say no to sweets and food when it is Diwali. Diwali is a traditional Hindu festival which started in ancient India and has now spread across the globe. Diwali is a festival where we meet and greet our loved ones. It is a festival where we embark on the start of a new year and a new beginning. This festival is a celebrated in honour of the goddess Lakshmi (goddess of wealth and prosperity) and is celebrated for 5 days. Yes, you read it right! This festival is basically… Read More

Living Between the Lines

a passport with many visa stamps on it

Identity: I think I struggle with the meaning of this word even now. What makes up my identity? Is my identity defined by where I was born? Where I grew up? Or by the country listed on my passport. As a cross-culture person, these questions consumed me growing up. When the question of identity comes up for me, my experiences as a black queer multi-cultural woman are the first to pop into my mind. All my experiences have defined me and made me who I am. My cultures have grounded me and… Read More

Cultural Identity: If You Don’t Have One, Make One

It would be an understatement to say that my family lacks a cultural identity. The closest habits we have to customs are that we eat a pork roast and potatoes for dinner every Sunday, and we eat cabbage rolls and perogies at Christmas dinner (mostly because they’re tasty and not because of our Ukrainian heritage). My family immigrated to Canada several generations ago and since moving here we have lost touch with much of our cultural and religious heritage and have adapted to a more Western Canadian “culture”. I say “culture” because… Read More

My Cultural Identity

As a young kid, I watched a lot of Cartoon Network and Disney channel shows on weekend mornings and evenings. I always found it intriguing that Cory from “That’s So Raven” ate cereal for breakfast, or how Raven wore casual clothes to school given she was still in high school. I thought it would be so cool be just like them one day. That one day happened and it was a bittersweet moment for me. Ten years ago, my family immigrated to Canada from the Philippines. I’d always pictured myself and my… Read More

Breaking Out of My Comfort Zone

man closing door

I am an Indian and I’m proud to be one! Studying in Canada has always been a dream for me, and today I’m living it. The one thing I was worried about before I arrived at Douglas was about whether I’d be able to keep up academically with the other college students. Within the first week of arriving at Douglas, I realized that I was in a world full of competition. I met a lot of people of my ethnicity but this didn’t surprise me looking at the history of Indians in… Read More

“What Are You?”

Over the next couple of weeks the Life at DC team will be sharing their personal thoughts and stories on cultural identity and diversity through blog posts. Join us as we share our thoughts and observations. “Hey, I just wanted to ask… What are you?” Without a doubt, I am sure that a lot of us have struggled to answer this question every time we encounter somebody new, particularly if you are a person whose parents have emigrated from another country. Telling others what you consider yourself in one word can be… Read More

My Thoughts on Visiting Home

What I love about living in Vancouver is its diverse community. A very good example is exploring the restaurants around Douglas and seeing the many international flavors that each has to offer. Many of our families originated from different places, which makes everyone have  unique and fascinating stories, from the many languages to the various traditions. I recently had a chance to visit the motherland, the Philippines, more specifically an island called Cebu. The moment I came out of the plane, I could already see and feel the vast difference between Canada and… Read More