Chinese New Years Cake (‘Nian Gao’)

Unlike the New Year festivities celebrated midnight of December 31st that is based on the Gregorian Calendar, Chinese New Years varies each year… and it’s right around the corner! The Chinese Zodiac runs on a 12-year cycle of animals based on a calendar determined by the movement of the moon. On February 16th, the year of…

Just The Weigh You Are

“Food doesn’t give itself meaning. We give food meaning.”  Food is food. Our bodies are not as judgemental about our food choices as our minds are. Food simply get broken down into sugar that fuels our brains so we can think clearly and be present. This is so powerful if we can use this information…

Food in Chinatown: Then and Now

This is a piece more or less on the changes in food landscape, culture and economy of our local Vancouver Chinatown district. Earlier last weekend, I had attended an interesting talk put on by the Hua Foundation. A non-profit seeking to empower youth from the Asian diaspora to fully participate in advancing social change in…

Spill the Beans

“Rising food prices”, “land grabs”, “inequality”and “climate change”…. all this talk seems to forecast a dark and daunting future threatening the security of our food. Though we see it printed in the newspapers, hear it in the media, and watch politicians talk about formulating policies for protecting us from famine, it almost seems like fiction. “Famine” – something so far away, written in books rather than reality. Though, we’ve seen these elements do their part in the past: starting with the 8 year yellow-haze known as the Dust Bowl that dried the southern fields or the Great Irish Potato Famine, some suggest that if we continue business-as-usual, the future famine will hit us harder and bigger than ever before. Here, we’ll take a look at some of the suggested hypothesis of what the future holds and explore what can be done to change this prophecy. 

Blue Breasts

Posts regarding the Women’s March on Saturday, January 21, 2017 are making its rounds on social media. As thousands march in support of their sisters, their mothers, their best friends, their daughters, and their daughter’s daughters; I’d like give thanks for those who gave their time to give the rest of us voices. In the words…

Lest We Forget: In Remembrance to Move Forward.

Poppies row on row… Following just a few days after Remembrance day is World Diabetes Day. When speaking about moving forward for anything, it is important we look back at history to learn from those before us. History has much to tell. Here’s a small trip back in time to recognize those who fought for…

Day 7: Tip of the Iceberg

Today, I had the privilege to be a part of the Town Hall meeting at Vancouver City Hall. We had a great turn out from the public, and an amazing panel of activists from the community and at the stakeholder level. Councillor Andrea Reimer, the President of the BC Federation of Labour Irene Lanzinger, and MLA…

Day 4: Forksclusion

What I love most about food is how it brings people together. Birthdays, graduations, weddings, high school reunions, retirements, and farewell send-offs: no matter the occasion, tears of joy or sorrow, food is there. It’s not exactly what is on the table that makes it so special (don’t get me wrong, I sure as hell…