Posts Tagged ‘Chinatown’

Settler & pioneer “heritage hipster” styles in the age of Idle No More, Chinatown gentrification, &c.

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014


Men in British Columbia, 1859, one in a newly discovered collection of early photographs of white settlers and First Nations in B.C. Via Vancouver Sun © Royal British Columbia Museum, reprinted with permission

An abridged version of this essay has been published in the May/June 2015 issue of Briarpatch Magazine

I am probably as bored of casual hipster-slagging as you are.

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A friend put this captioned magazine page through my mailbox

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

This made me laugh quite hard.

Also, courtesy of the enjoyable fuckyournoguchitable tumblr: antlers, actual real taxidermy, fake taxidermy, steer skull and cardboard antlers.

Meanwhile, as Vancouver’s historic Chinatown gets very quickly gentrified–evacuations of historic businesses, sales and demolitions of buildings, and the erection of new glass luxury condos—we see it filling up with upscale little restaurants and cafes full of… antlers.

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Imminent demolition of 122 year old building in Vancouver’s old Japantown

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

The frantic festival of demolition continues in Vancouver, a city whose demolition rate is double that of Toronto’s. And Toronto is no paragon of heritage either.

The City of Vancouver is attempting to force demolition of the 122 year-old building which belongs to the Ming Sun Benevolent Society. The building, on a significant block of Vancouver’s vanishing old Japantown, functioned as a clean well-run SRO with eight units and a community reading and meeting room, all above an extensive cultural space rented out to an art collective called Instant Coffee.

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Everybody works but the vacant lot

Sunday, February 17th, 2013


Everybody works but the vacant lot, Henry George as quoted by Fay Lewis

This is a parody artwork at Vancouver’s 221A Artist-Run Centre, parodying the “Micro Loft” building being erected next door to it in the current lightning-fast condo land rush taking place in Chinatown.

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EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Artwork by Martin Creed, installed on the Wing Sang building in Vancouver’s Chinatown. Artwork and building are owned by collector and condo marketer Bob Rennie. Photo from Kathy Stillwell. More information here.

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Chan family house in 1950s Vancouver

Friday, January 30th, 2009

These photographs are from my husband grandparents’ house, a blue Edwardian two-storey that still stands in Strathcona, Vancouver’s oldest residential neighbourhood. The house is less than a block away from our studio and very close to where we both live. Strathcona was – and is – home to many of Vancouver’s early Chinese immigrants.

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