November 28, 2015

”A Tree Grows in Chinatown” by Vanessa Lowe

As part of the Garden’s mandate to support local artists, the Garden presents Downtown Eastside artist Vanessa Lowe’s A Tree Grows in Chinatown exhibition.

Exhibition: Dec. 12, 2015 – Jan. 10, 2016
Exhibition Opening: Dec. 12 from 2-4pm

As part of the Garden’s mandate to support local artists, the Garden presents Downtown Eastside artist Vanessa Lowe’s A Tree Grows in Chinatown exhibition.

A Tree Grows in Chinatown is about the early life of Vanessa’s mother who passed away in mid-August. Using family photos of her mother’s early life, memories and texts, Vanessa has created this exhibition as a tribute to her mother.

Vanessa’s family roots are firmly in East Vancouver – her forebears came from China but both of her parents were born in BC. She spent her early childhood around East Hastings and consequently, all of her early memories are of East Hastings, Chinatown, and the area around Chinatown, now known as the Downtown Eastside.

Vanessa is well-known for the Crow Highway mural in which she was able to honour her mother and all the mothers before her. She says: “Ancestors: I have lots, and I’m willing to share them with the rest of the community. I’ve been told [this mural] is now an L1 portal in the Android game Ingress. If you want to see it IRL, it’s at the southwest corner of Hastings and Jackson in Vancouver.” The work can be seen on the blog;

November 11, 2015

AlliterAsian Twenty Years of Ricepaper Magazine Launch on November 22, 2pm

2015 marks the 20th anniversary of Ricepaper magazine, a pioneering periodical devoted to Asian-Canadian writing. Over the years, Ricepaper's focus has shifted from predominantly arts and culture reporting to the publication of original literature; as such, it has both witnessed and cultivated the maturation of an Asian-Canadian literary tradition; indeed, many of today's most acclaimed Asian-Canadian writers were first published in the pages of Ricepaper.

Join us to for this launch, featuring Carolyn Nakagawa, CE Gatchalian, Jackie Wong, and many more!

October 21, 2015

Empire of the Son by Tetsuro Shigematsu

Written by and starring Tetsuro Shigematsu (former ACWW director), Empire of the Son is Tetsuro’s personal story of his relationship with his father. Separated by a generation but connected by blood, Tetsuro and his father speak different languages and possess different values, but what ultimately keeps them apart is their similarities.

The draw: Ricepaper Magazine calls Shigematsu “the voice of our Azn generation."  Congratulations to Tetsuro on such a terrific first play!

Venue: Vancity Culture Lab – 1895 Venables Street

Show dates and times:
Oct 6, 8 PM: Preview
Oct 7, 8 PM: Opening
Oct 8 – 10, 13 – 24: 8 PM
Oct 11: 2 PM
Post-show talkbacks: Oct 8, 11 & 13
Running time: 75 minutes, no intermission


October 13, 2015

Congratulations to Catherine Hernandez, Co-Winner of Emerging Writers Award

Congratulations to Philip Huynh, Co-Winner of 2015 Emerging Writers Award

The Vietnamese diaspora is featured in each of the eight stories in the collection Toad Poem, though the stories feature a diverse array of themes and characters -- a son discovering the secret behind his refugee father's investment, a woman of faith embroiled in a kind-of love triangle, children searching for the secrets to their parents' histories, a swimmer on a remote island finding solace among some fellow divers. They also range broadly in setting -- from Vancouver and Winnipeg, to New York City, Vietnam, and Korea. The stories capture some of the diversity in the experiences and sensibilities of a vast and far-flung community, but are ultimately linked by the shared urgency that binds the lives depicted on these and other shores -- the drives for love, prosperity, acceptance, and self-understanding.

Philip Huynh's stories have been widely published in literary journals and in the Journey Prize Anthology. He studied at the University of British Columbia and the University of California at Berkeley. He lives in Richmond B.C. with his wife and twin daughters."