Culture

Mia Chen plays at the littles water walker area where she runs in an inflatable ball that float in a pool at the Richmond Night Market in Richmond, B.C., on Friday, April 28, 2023. Richmond is the most ethnically Chinese city in the world outside Asia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paige Taylor White

B.C. Cantonese speakers work to keep the language alive

Speakers of China’s ‘2nd language’ a part of a growing international advocacy movement

 

SFU’s Dorothy Christian, accompanied by Cowichan Tribes Chief Lydia Hwitsum, reads a letter of congratulations to Valerie Bob upon receiving her PhD. (Photo by Don Bodger)

SFU degree presented in groundbreaking fashion to Penelakut woman with cancer

Valerie Bob unable to travel so university staff members come to her home

 

Canadian filmmakers Sean Horlor, left and Steve J. Adams pose in Montreal on Monday, July 31, 2023. Their latest documentary, “Satan Wants You,” is an exploration of the Canadian roots of the so-called “satanic panic” of the 1980s and ’90s. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christinne Muschi

‘Satan Wants You’ a cautionary tale as Victoria’s satanic panic repeats in U.S.

Documentary compares QAnon conspiracy theory to B.C.’s ‘Michelle Remembers’ in the 1980s

 

FILE - The rap group Salt-N-Pepa pose for photographers upon their arrival at New York’s Radio City Music Hall for the 11th Annual MTV Video Music Awards, Sept 8, 1994. Women have fought to shape their identification in hip-hop and demand recognition. At its 50th anniversary, female rappers are taking their moment to shine – while still demanding respect and facing decades-old challenges. (AP Photo/Malcolm Clarke, file)

Women battle misogyny to send hip-hop spinning in a new direction

Early female rappers battled sexism to carve out a perspective that often wasn’t heard

FILE - The rap group Salt-N-Pepa pose for photographers upon their arrival at New York’s Radio City Music Hall for the 11th Annual MTV Video Music Awards, Sept 8, 1994. Women have fought to shape their identification in hip-hop and demand recognition. At its 50th anniversary, female rappers are taking their moment to shine – while still demanding respect and facing decades-old challenges. (AP Photo/Malcolm Clarke, file)
Uminari Taiko performs at the Japanese Cultural Festival at Fudo Japanese Restaurant in Broadmead Village in Saanich on Saturday (July 22). (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Japanese Cultural Festival shares with Saanich

Festival featured food and performances celebrating Japanese-Canadian culture

Uminari Taiko performs at the Japanese Cultural Festival at Fudo Japanese Restaurant in Broadmead Village in Saanich on Saturday (July 22). (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
The iconic Barbie doll has been a part of popular culture since 1959. What is Barbie’s last name? (Pixabay.com)

QUIZ: How well do you know Barbie and her friends?

A live action movie, inspired by the iconic doll, will be shown this summer

The iconic Barbie doll has been a part of popular culture since 1959. What is Barbie’s last name? (Pixabay.com)
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In pursuit of perfect egg: one Island woman’s guide to making Ukrainian Easter eggs

Nanaimo’s Jeanne Rudy discusses her pysanky process at Nanaimo Ukrainian Easter Bazaar

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A journalist films uncovered ruins on Siniyah Island in Umm al-Quwain, United Arab Emirates, Monday, March 20, 2023. Archaeologists said Monday they have found the oldest pearling town in the Persian Gulf on an island off one of the northern sheikhdoms of the United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

Their world was the oyster: Oldest pearl town found in UAE

Archaeologists said Monday they have found the oldest pearling town in the…

A journalist films uncovered ruins on Siniyah Island in Umm al-Quwain, United Arab Emirates, Monday, March 20, 2023. Archaeologists said Monday they have found the oldest pearling town in the Persian Gulf on an island off one of the northern sheikhdoms of the United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
Isabella Kulak, then 10 years old, is shown in this undated handout image in Kamsack, Sask., a town about 270 kilometres east of Regina. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Kulak Family *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Wear something that shows who you are, says girl behind National Ribbon Skirt Day

Jan. 4 a day for Canadians to learn more about Indigenous identity and culture

Isabella Kulak, then 10 years old, is shown in this undated handout image in Kamsack, Sask., a town about 270 kilometres east of Regina. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Kulak Family *MANDATORY CREDIT*
College Nordique language school coordinator Rosie Benning (left) and Tlicho language teacher Georgina Frankie are shown in a handout photo. Indigenous languages are spoken and heard everyday across the North thanks to dedicated elders, teachers, translators and broadcasters. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Rosie Benning
College Nordique language school coordinator Rosie Benning (left) and Tlicho language teacher Georgina Frankie are shown in a handout photo. Indigenous languages are spoken and heard everyday across the North thanks to dedicated elders, teachers, translators and broadcasters. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Rosie Benning
Tsugio Kurushima leads the Uminari Taiko drummers through an opening song at a lunchtime performance for VIUWorld Days at Vancouver Island University Thursday, Nov. 3. (Chris Bush/ News Bulletin)

International perspectives celebrated in Nanaimo at WorldVIU Days

Vancouver Island University hosts week of celebrating diversity of campus life

Tsugio Kurushima leads the Uminari Taiko drummers through an opening song at a lunchtime performance for VIUWorld Days at Vancouver Island University Thursday, Nov. 3. (Chris Bush/ News Bulletin)
Greek Fest returns in full swing for the event’s 21st year, bringing traditional food and entertainment to thousands of attendees at the Greek Community Centre in Royal Oak, Aug. 26 to 28 and Sept. 2 to 5. (Courtesy of Jim Koutougos)

Greater Victoria’s Greek Fest makes full return Aug. 26

Traditional dance troupe from Athens to perform during two-weekend event

Greek Fest returns in full swing for the event’s 21st year, bringing traditional food and entertainment to thousands of attendees at the Greek Community Centre in Royal Oak, Aug. 26 to 28 and Sept. 2 to 5. (Courtesy of Jim Koutougos)
The Japanese Cultural Festival, featuring the Uminari Taiko drummers amongst other activities, is returning in person to a different venue, the new Esquimalt Gorge Park Pavilion. (Courtesy of Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society)

Japanese Cultural Festival returns for 22nd year in Esquimalt at new venue

Gorge Park Pavilion sits on important historical site for Japanese community

The Japanese Cultural Festival, featuring the Uminari Taiko drummers amongst other activities, is returning in person to a different venue, the new Esquimalt Gorge Park Pavilion. (Courtesy of Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society)
This Aug. 13, 2020, photo shows a logo for Netflix on a remote control in Portland, Ore. Netflix is launching a development program exclusively for diverse Canadian writers in film and television. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, file)

Netflix launches development program for diverse Canadian writers

Writers from underrepresented groups get paid mentorship and consultation sessions

This Aug. 13, 2020, photo shows a logo for Netflix on a remote control in Portland, Ore. Netflix is launching a development program exclusively for diverse Canadian writers in film and television. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, file)
First People’s Cultural Council CEO Tracey Herbert, right, responds to a provincial funding announcement for Indigenous language, art, culture and heritage revitalization at the legislature June 14. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)

B.C. commits $35M to continue revitalization of Indigenous languages, arts, culture

First Peoples’ Cultural Council learning initiatives to be funded

First People’s Cultural Council CEO Tracey Herbert, right, responds to a provincial funding announcement for Indigenous language, art, culture and heritage revitalization at the legislature June 14. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)
Kasahara Gabriola Trust Artist in Residence Jessica Miinguuaqtii discusses a personal collage piece she’s worked on for seven years called ‘Premonition.’ (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

Gabriola artist in residence expresses freedom, honours culture

Jessica Miinguuaqtii is the Kasahara Gabriola Trust Artist in Residence

Kasahara Gabriola Trust Artist in Residence Jessica Miinguuaqtii discusses a personal collage piece she’s worked on for seven years called ‘Premonition.’ (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)
Quebec Premier François Legault responds to the Opposition during question period, Tuesday, May 31, 2022, at the legislature in Quebec City. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

Use of French at home is only one indicator of language health: Quebec demographers

Whether children of immigrants integrate into French or English more important, expert says

Quebec Premier François Legault responds to the Opposition during question period, Tuesday, May 31, 2022, at the legislature in Quebec City. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot
A ‘Hidden Messages’ poem applied in hydrophobic material that only appears when wet. This haiku, written by Nanaimo’s poet laureate, Kamal Parmar, was installed along the Haliburton Road multi-use path in late May. (Submitted photo)

Nanaimo unveils ‘Hidden Messages’ public art project to encourage physical activity

Project showcases 10 haikus by city’s poet laureate that only appear when wet

A ‘Hidden Messages’ poem applied in hydrophobic material that only appears when wet. This haiku, written by Nanaimo’s poet laureate, Kamal Parmar, was installed along the Haliburton Road multi-use path in late May. (Submitted photo)
Ethnic dance groups and food kiosks are in store at Centennial Square June 4 to 6, as Folktoria returns to an in-person event after two years of virtual celebrations. (Folktoria/Facebook)

Folktoria festival making cultural return to downtown Victoria

Multicultural dance and food festival set for June 4 to 6 in Centennial Square

Ethnic dance groups and food kiosks are in store at Centennial Square June 4 to 6, as Folktoria returns to an in-person event after two years of virtual celebrations. (Folktoria/Facebook)
Gatka performance during Gurdwara Singh Sabha’s Khalsa Day celebration on May 1. (Courtesy of Manmeet Kaur Gill)

VIDEO: Khalsa Day brings over 3,000 to Sikh temple road, prompts call for larger celebration

The day carries significance for the Sikh harvest and national founding

Gatka performance during Gurdwara Singh Sabha’s Khalsa Day celebration on May 1. (Courtesy of Manmeet Kaur Gill)