Posts Tagged ‘Strathcona’

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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These are the people in your neighborhood.

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Yesterday a police officer came to my door and asked me if he and his team could use my backyard as a stakeout for something going down in the alleyway. Of course I said sure. He gave me a big grin and said, “do you like my undercover beard?”
I said I did, but that it needed work.

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Meet me at The Sincere Fountain

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008


This great building (and its two attached houses, one dating from 1889) is just two blocks from my studio. This funny quote is from the Heatley Block Preservation Society:  “Where the hardware store is now was originally Ms. Vera E. Jones Drug Store. It soon became a Japanese butcher shop run by a man named Harry Fujiwara, then became a Chinese run soda bar named The Sincere Fountain.” The Heatley Block is now owned by the City of Vancouver, which wants to tear it down to build a library instead of putting the library in the obvious location – the 1921 Strathcona School building, which is also in need of saving.

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