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City’s Actions Displace Low-Income Seniors, Artists and threaten 120 year old Ming Sun Benevolent Society Historic Property in Japantown!

December 8, 2013 Leave a comment
CITY TO BLAME FOR DESTRUCTION OF HERITAGE BUILDING, HOUSING FOR VULNERABLE SENIORS AND AFFORDABLE ARTIST STUDIO SPACERepresentatives of the Ming Sun Benevolent Society, members of Instant Coffee artist collective and outraged citizens of Vancouver held a news conference to reveal how the City of Vancouver ignored its own rules and demolished a building, resulting in not only the possible loss of one of the oldest buildings in Vancouver, but also the displacement of low income seniors, an artist collective, and the Ming Sun Benevolent Society.

The subsequent actions of the City have shown an incredible disregard and disrespect not only for the Ming Sun Benevolent Society, a 90 year old organization representing Chinese Canadians, and for the artist collective Instant coffee who produce international works of art , but also to every taxpayer in Vancouver.

Date & Time: Friday, December 6 9:30 A.M. yes
Location: Vancouver Japanese Language Centre and Hall
487 Alexander Avenue, Vancouver

Patrick Chan, World Figure Skating Champion in Vancouver

February 17, 2012 Leave a comment

David Wong of World Chinese Business Association of Canada says

Patrick Chan is in Vancouver today, to lend support for the important efforts in the community raising awareness for bone marrow match/ stem cell research. Celebrate Patrick Chan as Canada’s figure skating champion…and to support his efforts for the 2014 Olympics . And of course, he’s the guest of honour for tomorrow’s big fund raising and Community Support event in his quest for Gold in the XXII Winter Olympics!

The World Chinese Business Association of Canada (WCBAC) together with proud fans and supporters of Canada’s Champion Figure skater, Patrick Chan, are holding a media conference on Friday to show our continuing support for Patrick, and to celebrate his continuing winning streak!

Patrick Chan is in town, as he is the guest of honour for the celebration that will occur the following day – a community dinner and fundraiser.
 
A goal of this event is to show community support for one of our nation’s bright young sons, and to help Patrick raise funds to continue his training. The celebration event  (to be held at Victoria Seafood Chinese restaurant on Saturday, Feb 18), was completely sold out within days of the announcement, with guests arriving from across Canada. Now that’s support!
 
Patrick will be available on Friday for interviews, photographs, and will be happy to share his joy and success on his recent accomplishments.
 
Why do we need to raise funds?
-   Annual training cost of a champion is over $200,000
-   Canadians need to support Patrick to become the first Canadian to win the Figure Skating Men’s Gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics
-   All proceeds will be in support of Patrick Chan’s training
 
 About Patrick Chan
Patrick Chan is the reigning Figure Skating National Champion of Canada (2008 – 2010). Patrick, 20 years old, is a descent of Hong Kong immigrants.
 
He is the 2011 World Champion, 2010–2011 & 2011-2012 Grand Prix Final champion, the 2009 Four Continents champion, and a four-time (2008–2011) Canadian Champion.

At the 2010 Canadian Championships, he was nominated to represent Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He placed 5th in the men’s event.

On April 27, 2011, Chan set a new world record of 93.02 points for the short program. Chan then set a new world record for his free skate. Chan was crowned World Champion in Moscow on April 28, 2011. In recognition, Chan was named the recipient of the prestigious Lou Marsh Award as Canada’s top athlete.

As with all Canadians, Chinese-Canadian communities across Canada are extremely proud to support Patrick Chan. We all wish him success in representing Canada for the Gold medal in Figure Skating World Championships, and again when Patrick represents Canada at the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia in 2014!
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact:       Mr. Richard Wong, President WCBAC    wceccanada@hotmail.com
                   604-686-7777 or 604-844-2889

Mr. David H.T. Wong (Emcee) david@davidwong.ca

Patrick Chan also supported  One Half Chinese Stem Cell Initiative     a charity dedicated to increasing the number of stem cell donor registrants of Chinese descents on the OneMatch Stem Cell Network. By registering as a donor he hopes to lead by example, encourage more new potential donors to join him and increase the likelihood of finding that life-saving match for patients.

Review of “100% Vancouver” Dress Rehearsal for PuSh International Performing Arts Festival in Vancouver

January 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Tonight we saw communities from all over the City of Vancouver come together to bring us a show of tears, cheers, and all around smiles.

From little children with their teddy bears and PSPs to Great grandparents with their stories of WW2. It was a tale of statistics that brought everyone together and held the audience spellbound as each person moved through the spotlight in response to real life questions. There were questions about politics (very few), food, where they lived, their relationships, and perhaps the most memorable moment when one man stood alone when the crowd was asked if they recycled.

It was amazing to see how statistics showed the many ways that people interacted and how when seeing something about someone they had never known, those people were accepting, forgiving, and many times comforting.

Viewers will remember how many people stood in the middle when asked if anyone had been abused and how many people had been abusive. I will confess that there were tears in my eyes at that moment.

For those watching, there was a giant round screen behind it all providing an overhead view of people moving side to side as the questions were asked. I think everyone will remember when the spotlight went out and all they could see on the screen were little flickers of light from small LED lights held in each persons hand when they answered a question. The actors were fresh in their approach and funny when asked uncomfortable questions.

The best part was that it was only a rehearsal, the best is yet to come!

Below is 60%    David Wong

Below is 73%    Terry Hunter

Below is 93%    Stephen Lytton

From PuSh Festival Website:

A Statistical Chain Reaction

One by one, 100 people enter the stage. These are not trained actors. These are everyday Vancouverites. The demographics of a city brought to life, with the stories and individuals that make up Vancouver 125 years after its official beginning. As questions are posed, the participants sort themselves according to opinions and political leanings, where they’re from, how they spend their time, car they drive, bus they take, peanut butter preference and so on. A living, breathing portrait of Vancouver emerges.

Each person represents 1% of the roughly 646,385 people residing in Vancouver. Casting starts with a single person. This first person has 24 hours to recruit the next person, who must then find the next, and so on. In just over three months, the full 100 are linked. Participants are chosen according to specific search criteria—gender, age, marital status, ethnicity, and neighbourhood in which they live—attempting to reflect the demographics of the last census.

100% Vancouver is based on an ongoing project of Berlin’s Rimini Protokoll, which has included 100% Berlin and 100% Vienna. With work like the interactive Best Before (2010 PuSh Festival), the company’s signature style draws on the perspectives of “experts in daily life” to create contemporary works where everyday people are the theatre’s real protagonists.

Below is April Smith of AHA MEDIA, Irwin Oostindie of W2 and Stephen Lytton, Actor in 100% Vancouver chatting after the Dress Rehearsal

See more exciting events at PuSh Festival

Matinee Jan 22, 4pm
A Vancity Community Conversation, Jan 22 at 1pm
Running Time 75m
Tickets
Advance $42 /$38 /$36; at door $44 /$40 /$38
ticketstonight.ca

604.684.2787 Additional service charges apply to phone orders
Fully eligible for PuSh Pass access with a $10 surcharge, payable to the PuSh Festival Box Office.

Vancity Members with proof of current membership are eligible for a $6.50 discount at the door only, subject to availability.

Visit our website for more info http://pushfestival.ca/shows/100-vancouver/

Mr. Bill Wong and Steven Wong of Modernize Tailors in Vancouver

June 18, 2010 Leave a comment

April Smith of AHA MEDIA recently had the honor to meet Mr. Bill Wong and Steven Wong of Modernize Tailors in Vancouver

Below is a photo of Gary Lee and David Wong before the building of Modernize Tailors at Carrall and Pender

It’s the historical Chinese Freemason Building and the birthplace for Modernize. We were there for 50 years and spent 40 more at our present store and now we’re going to clock a few more decades at 5 West Pender…

Below is a photo and video of David Wong meeting with Mr. Bill Wong

Below are photos of David Wong with Steven Wong, son of Mr. Bill Wong of Modernize Tailors

5 West Pender
Vancouver, BC
604-685-0610

ABOUT MODERNIZE

Modernize Tailors is the last Chinese tailor shop in Vancouver’s Chinatown. It’s run by brothers Mr. Bill Wong and Mr. Jack Wong. Their father opened the shop in 1913 after apprenticing to a British master. Mr. Wong and Mr. Wong took over the trade in the 1950s. Over the years, we’ve created suits for all occassions and all walks of life, from movie stars to lumberjacks. No matter who you are, we put the the same care and attention to detail into our tailor-made suits of ever-lasting style.

David Wong shows AHA MEDIA, Valerie Lee and Gary Lee his frogs and walking stick insects

May 26, 2010 4 comments

On a rainy day,  David Wong educates AHA MEDIA, Valerie Lee and Gary Lee about his frogs and walking stick insects

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Below is a Dumpy Tree Frog and a Red Eyed Tree Frog

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In this video, David Wong shows AHA MEDIA, Valerie Lee and Gary Lee a Dumpy Tree Frog and Red Eyed Tree Frog

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera – Panasonic DMC-ZS3. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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Below is a photo of a Walking Stick Insect

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Below is a close up of an eye of a Walking Stick Insect

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In this video, David Wong shows AHA MEDIA, Valerie Lee and Gary Lee a Walking Stick Insect

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera – Panasonic DMC-ZS3. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

http://savethefrogs.com

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