Paper Cities

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UK-based artist Matthew Picton uses strips of paper to construct maps of cities from around the world. The Londoner’s sculptural creations use both historic and fictional texts to produce cartographic representations of multicultural cities like Las Vegas, Dresden, Tehran, and Venice, created with text from “Death in Venice” by Thomas Mann and the music score from Benjamin Britten’s Death in… Continue reading Paper Cities

Cultural Identity Among Chinese – 2

Part 1 of “Cultural Identity among Chinese” introduced the idea that there is more than one Chinese cultural group.  In fact, there are a whole host of sub-cultures within the larger one. Part 1 introduced us to three larger umbrella groups within Chinese culture – Mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. What is each group’s identity? When it comes to identity, the three groups are … Continue reading Cultural Identity Among Chinese – 2

Happy Year of the Snake! 新年快樂!

Today is the first day of the Chinese New Year. It is the Year of the Snake. I’m spending the Chinese New Year in the very non-traditional way of not meeting up with relatives 😛 I’ve already had my New Year’s Eve dinners with both sides of the family. Living in Canada, I don’t get special time off for Chinese New Year. Although this year, … Continue reading Happy Year of the Snake! 新年快樂!

Wall Centre Central Park takes off today

The Wall Centre Central Park preview and pre-sales start today. However, before we all get swept up in this condo craze at the edge of Vancouver, let’s look back at what was there before it was marketed as a Wall Centre project. It’s hard for me to believe that it’s been a year since I took the last photos of the boarded up homes along … Continue reading Wall Centre Central Park takes off today

Cultural Identity among Chinese

Questioning cultural identity seems to be a strange exercise for people who are clearly “Chinese” to an outsider, but Chinese is very much an umbrella term.  Somebody may think of Chinese as one big, monolithic, homogenous culture.  In reality, it is quite heterogeneous. Recent events and a new academic survey have highlighted differences in identity of Hong Kong Chinese and Mainland Chinese.  There now seems … Continue reading Cultural Identity among Chinese