Melissa Fong: What are we going to do about Vancouver’s Chinatown?

What are we going to do about Vancouver’s Chinatown?  Remembering Chinatown’s soul I spent many days and weekends in Vancouver’s Chinatown helping my dad at his office.  He worked in […]

Melissa Fong: Why am I not allowed to have a personality?

Why am I not allowed to have a personality? He smiles at me, “Hey girl, where are you from?” I reply, “Vancouver… Canada.” I’m partly hopeful this will be the end of the interaction… but it has happened so many times that I can see his demise.  Why do I even answer?  Hope.  Hope that ...

Song of the Watermelon: Vancouver Sun Letter

A letter of mine in the Vancouver Sun today, this one about the “Disappearing Palestine” ads on public transit here in the city. I try to defend the ads against the absurd charge that they target Jews. Click here to read it. Filed under: Ethnicity, Letters to the Editor, Middle East Tagged: Israel, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, ...

Song of the Watermelon: An Open Letter to TransLink Regarding the “Disappearing Palestine” Ads

Dear TransLink: I am writing to express my wholehearted support for your decision to display the pro-Palestinian transit ads recently unveiled at the Vancouver City Centre Skytrain station and on several buses. The ads offer an important perspective that needs to be heard as part of any informed debate on the Middle East conflict. My ...

The Canadian Progressive: DISGUSTING: Casting Call For CBC Job Says Whites Need Not Apply

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive:  An independent casting company is looking to recruit a CBC Kids Host of “any race except Caucasian”.  The company, Larissa Mair Casting & Associates, has since… The post DISGUSTING: Casting Call For CBC Job Says Whites Need Not Apply appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Black hockey players, aboriginals, gays nixed from Canada’s new bills

“The Bank of Canada considered celebrating gay marriages, black hockey players, and turban-wearing RCMP officers on its new plastic bank notes” By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 11, 2013: And so the Harper Conservative-inspired whitewashing of Canada continues. Last summer, we learned that the Bank of Canada had nixed the image of an Asian-looking female scientist from ...

Art Threat: SkyMall Liberation: White vs Non-White

Skymall Liberation by Evan Roth. Ethnographic data visualizations of the Skymall catalog made in flight with non-sharp objects. Archival pigment print and collage, 2009–12.

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Canada’s White Supremacist Views Barred From Parliamentary Committee

Meet Madi Lussier, one of the two witnesses from the Canadian Immigration Report or, barred from speaking before the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration earlier this week. Lussier and her fellow witness were invited to speak before the committee. Then they traveled all the way from Toronto to Ottawa to make the presentation, only to be told ...

Song of the Watermelon: Israel, the Settlements, and the United Church: Three Common Distortions

– proposed United Church boycott of products from Israeli settlements Distortion #1: Why Israel? The world is full of tyranny and injustice. Of all the places and issues, why boycott the Middle East’s only democracy?  Three assumptions are packed into this distortion: that the United Church is boycotting Israel, that Israel’s critics routinely let others ...

cmkl: Brampton is not the sleepy Bill Davis, greenhouse town of my youthful remembrance

It’s huge. Massive sprawl. Lots and lots of subdivisions, wide roads and shopping malls. On our way up to the farm we’d drive right up main street and someone in the car would always point out where premier Bill Davis lived.