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Pacific Rim Magazine is written, designed and produced entirely by the Publishing students at Langara College. It focuses on the Asia-Pacific region from a Canadian perspective, with article topics ranging from technology, sports and business, to arts and culture. Pacific Rim Magazine is distributed each May through the Globe and Mail.


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  • Langaras social. Join the dialogue.Like, tweet, subscribe, and share with us on social media. Keep up with campus events, enter prize draws, and stay connected.

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  • Publishers Message

    The magazine you are about to read is a special creation that has been germinat-ing for many months. The stories began to take shape in the fall when the Publishing students at Langara College wr ote their first drafts. These have evolved with the contribution of many individuals. It has truly been a team effort. I invite you to read the masthead and acknowledge the many talented people who have contributed their skills to Pacific Rim Magazine.

    The things that weave the countries of the Pacific Rim together have often traveled the expansive Pacific Ocean. In last years issue, there was a call for assistance in light of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. One year later, the Pacific Ocean is bringing objects to our shores as a reminder of not only the disaster, but also how truly connected we are.

    This years PRM looks to celebrate the achievements of those who have come to Canada to begin a new chapter in their life. It also asks hard questions about relation-ships with technology and how we nurture the next generation.

    Over the summer, a comprehensive new website dedicated to PRM will be developed by the same team of Publishing students. The online identity of this maga-zine is about to grow in new ways and can be viewed at We hope to further connect with our community, both locally and an ocean away.

    Darren BernaerdtPublisher

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  • Darren Bernaerdt

    Elizabeth Rains

    Giselle Lemay

    Terry van Roon

    Don Hill

    Meaghan McAneeley

    Sarah Winton

    Tina Galanopoulos

    Maria Olaguera

    April McIntyre

    Kristy Condon

    Lila Smith

    Robyn Humphreys

    Janelle Huber

    Christine Knoll

    Danielle St.Laurent

    Tammy Nguyen

    Colin Morgan

    Amy Goodman

    Lyza J. Heyden

    Robyn Humphreys

    Nicole Stishenko

    Christine Tseng

    Laurel Thomson

    Cheyenne Blefare

    Valerie Farlette

    Lyza J. Heyden

    Nicole Stishenko

    Janine Williams

    Cheyenne Blefare

    Nicole Pennock


    Editorial Director

    Managing Art Director

    Managing Production Director

    Advertising Sales Manager

    EditorialExecutive Editor/Environmental Editor

    Managing Editor/Travel Editor

    Senior Editor/Food Editor

    Associate Editor

    Features Editor

    ArtArt Director

    Associate Art Director

    Photo Editor

    Production/Layout Artists

    ProductionProduction Director

    Associate Production Director

    Production Artists

    Production Artists/Image Specialists

    AdvertisingAd Traffic Manager

    Associate Ad Traffic Manager

    Ad Designers/Production Artists

    PromotionsPromotions Director

    Associate Promotions Directors

    PhotographersDanielle Baker, Stephanie Boha, Robyn Humphreys, Justine Leung, Kathleen Loski, Jennifer Mackenzie, James McCron, Lila Smith, Jhoana Tamayo, Kody Tottenham

    IllustratorsValerie Farlette, Tina Galanopoulos, Janelle Huber, Christine Knoll, Danielle St.Laurent, Nicole Stishenko, Laurel Thomson

    Photo ContributorsMike Amyot, Greater Vernon Museum and Archives, Matthew Howells, Larry Kwong, April McIntyre, Lila Smith, Chad Soon, Zoe Soon, Vancouver Public Library, Sarah Whitlam

    Computer SupportNeil Amsler, Kevin McMillan

    Advertising SalesMelissa Ariganello, Dejan Barisic, Stephen Buerger, Sophie Cheung, Jessica Chiu, Lea Dodds, Anas Ghrebi, Amanda Gladson, Tony Ho, Sara Hoang, Travis Horbulyk, Diana Lam, Brendan Leong, Corbin Lowe, Ecine Malano, Damien Marks, Bryan Pan, Petra Petlanova, Mitchell Poutler, Blake Powell, Kulpreet Rakhra, Monisha Sundaran, Lele Zhou

    Travel ResearchersDeanne Abrams, Casey Allen, Jared Brandle, Dorene Campbell, Paula Casorso, Lyndsay Forsythe, Alicia Grudzinskas, Ashlynn Harris, Momoko Ito, Margaret Linardic, Melissa Loewen, Hannah McKendry, Heidi Nygard, Christine Pilkington, Melissa Radic, Diana Robertson, Kathryn Rose, Stephanie Routhier, Lindsay Russell, Jamila Saleh, Elizabeth Shepherd, Anne Smith, Madeline Smith, Lyne Talbot, Elizabeth Taron, Shao-Wei Wang, Amy Zeng

    Environment ResearchersAnne Astle, Lena Cadogan, Tami Calvert, Basilisa Capdecoume, KitSum Cheng, Annalee Chow Wone, Sara Conne, Doris Fiedrich-Michels, Emily Fong, Mahara Gabriel, Martin Gallagher, Alison Gares, Jayne Griffiths, Lisa Hansen, Diana Happy, Jennifer Hong, Marianne Huang, Christine Jackman, Lia Kim, Nimisha Kuber, Esther Lauron, Maria Theres Lauron, Samantha Lee, Samantha Lentz, Jeffrey Libby, Erin Mackay, Cindy Nim, Carolyn Parker, Meaghan Rafferty, Joy Richardson, Melissa Sinclair, Graeme Sleep, Robert Stotesbury-Leeson, Amy Zhao

    Special ThanksNeil Amsler, Micaela Braithwaite, Ann Calla, Holly Colbourne, Langara College Security Staff, Kathleen Loski, Jennifer Mackenzie, Kevin McMillan, Catharine OBrien-Bell, The Vancouver Public Librarys Special Collections Department, Eric Stewart, Tomo Tanaka

    Board of DirectorsDr. David Ross (Chair), Darren Bernaerdt, Don Hill, Giselle Lemay, Julie Longo, Elizabeth Rains, Tomo Tanaka, Terry van Roon

    Circulation Janine Williams (Manager), Valerie Farlette, Meaghan McAneeley

    Published byLangara College, 100 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver BC, V5Y 2Z6 Tel: (604) 323-5432 Fax: (604) 323-5393

    ISSN: 08474745 2012 No part of this magazine may be reproduced in whole or in part, in print or

    electronic form, without written permission of the publisher.

    Printed in Canada using recycled paper made with post-consumer waste and bleached without the use of chlorine compounds results in measurable environmental benefits.

    PRM 2012 CoverPhotographerJennifer Mackenzie

    Cover Design Kristy Condon

    On the CoverLarry Wong, author of Dim Sum Stories: A Chinatown Childhood

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  • MessagesPresidents MessageAfter celebrating our 40th anniversary at the end of 2010, we were poised to reflect upon Langaras rich history and to envisage our exciting future. The atmosphere was primed for thinking, planning, and developing, and it soon became appar ent that 2011 would be a banner year for dialogue at Langara College. An abundance of forums, speaker events, symposiums, and confer-ences drew our campus community together to share ideas and celebrate knowledge.

    One shining example of Langara s culture of dialogue in 2011 was the TEDxLangara conference, held this past November. The event welcomed a col -lection of V ancouvers most inspiring personalities to shar e their visions of leadership with the College community. 2011 also saw the launch of Langara s monthly Philosophers Jams, open-plan forum sessions where guest speakers are invited to lead discussions on controversial subjects. These events proved popular with

    the Langara community and Vancouverites at large, sometimes resulting in standing-room-only situations.

    The Langara Centre for Art in Public Spaces also ran a consistently packed speaker series welcoming dynamic indi-viduals from the arts community to share their experiences on campus. On top of that, the newly-established Langara Institute played host to the College s 58th annual Community Lecture Series, held in part-nership with the Vancouver Public Library.

    Being committed to lifelong learn-ing I found the discussions to be both exciting and inspiring. The College moves from strength to strength in this regard, as our students and staff continue to commit themselves to creating a true cultur e of knowledge and dialogue at Langara.

    Pacific Rim Magazine is an extension of these efforts. Now in its 24 th year this award-winning publication, built by the talented students in Langaras Publishing

    Program, continues to be a sour ce of engaging and professional material that stands up as an excellent example of Langaras commitment to build stronger communities. This publication expands our vision and dialogue from the sphere of the College to our position within the Pacific Rima thriving and fascinating community in its own right.

    We look forward to our continued growth within this community, and to fur-ther develop the culture of dialogue and lifelong learning that defined 2011.

    David G. Ross, PhD

    President and CEO

    Editors MessageThough Pacific Rim countries are linked by land and water, across great geographic distance, the r eal line of connection is humanarching from one side of an ocean to the other. This line is made real by the voices of people, sharing the stories of their culture and experience. As the editors of Pacific Rim Magazine, we strive to build the strength of these human connections across the Pacific Rim in our own small way.

    The Langara Publishing class of 2012 began as strangers, but after two intense semesters we have grown into a cohesive unit: working together, building friendships, and combining our ideas into a magazine we are proud to share. Our connections have become our strength. We have found that connection is about relating to one another on an intima