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We are seeking a Board Member!

Hua Foundation is a non-profit whose mission is to empower youth from the Asian diaspora to fully participate in advancing social change through exploring our racialized identities and building resilience in our communities.

We’re a small, feisty, and dedicated team at an exciting stage of growth for the organization. We’re seeking a new volunteer member of our board of directors to join us in early 2018 to help us bring our new vision to life.

Applications are due Friday, October 27th at 11:59PM.

Please apply through this form.

We are looking for individuals who meet all of these qualifications:

  • Professional specialty in one of the following areas: social justice, communications, strategy, community engagement, non-profit governance, finance, fundraising, working with youth.
  • Strong fluency with contemporary public discussions and debates about race, racism, power, and addressing inequity.
  • Lived experience of racialization, racial discrimination, and bi-/tri-cultural identity formation.
  • Experience working in or with non-profit organizations.

Bonus points would go to individuals who meet these qualifications:

  • Experience working with youth from the Asian diaspora.
  • A working knowledge of or interest in critical race scholarship (intersection of racial justice, culture, and power).

Board directors are asked to:

  • Participate in monthly board meetings with Hua Foundation’s executive director to monitor the performance of Hua Foundation, participate in the review of its mission and development of its strategic plan, approve the budget, and monitor related financial performance.
  • Participate in the evaluation of the executive director and organizational activities.
  • Help guide the executive director in advancing Hua Foundation’s work in the community.

This volunteer role is based in Vancouver, B.C. The board meets on a weekday evening each month.

If you have any questions about the role or the organization, you can contact Miranda at miranda [@]

Application form here.

Summer recap: Our experience working at hua!

And just like that, 14 wonderful weeks of working at hua have come and gone. This summer has been an incredibly memorable and humbling experience for us, full of new connections, laughter, and personal growth. Where do we even begin?

We kicked off our internship with an ambitious plan for the summer, – among some of the things planned were cooking workshops, a new bite-sized web series, and potential(!) raft tour with the Gold Mountain Tour Initiative. Little did we realize, there was a lot more in store for us.
2016-07-09 14.52.25Our Summer Workshop Series brought friends, allies and new faces together to learn, cook, and bond over delicious, homemade food. We also piloted shopping tours in Chinatown to compliment the cooking workshops, and found that many of our workshop participants enjoyed learning how to shop at our local greengrocers and dry-goods stores in the neighbourhood. Our Choi Identification blog posts also complemented these efforts for those who haven’t been able to join us in person. During our workshops, we discovered that there is a strong interest amongst our audiences to explore cultural knowledge gaps. We were able to do so under the direction of Auntie Julia who taught her tips and tricks as we shared stories about family, culture and identity, all the while finding the sense of belonging that we’ve been searching for.

IMG_2121Working in such a unique space, we were presented with many opportunities to dive deeper into what it means to be Chinese-Canadian. We collaborated with hua foundation board member Jackie Wong to write about the intersections between our intercultural identities, intergenerational conflict and involvement in progressive communities (editorials coming out soon, keep an eye out!) We also supported the Gold Mountain Tour Initiative while learning about the important history and legacy of Chinese miners in BC and spoke at Roundhouse Radio about our lived experiences as Chinese-Canadian youth.


As we wrap up our time here at hua foundation, we’d like to reflect on the highlights of what we’ve learned and the lessons that we’ll take with us into the future.

  1. Breaking the status quo: hua foundation’s name has many roots, one of which refers to the Chinese word “變化” (m: biànhuà / c: bin3faa3). Embedded in both its vision and its approach, hua foundation is changing the game by opening up new spaces for conversations around what it means to value intercultural presence and people. These spaces are important for intercultural youth such as ourselves to engage in critical self reflection and connect with people just like us.
  2. Building community, intentionallyThe hua community tapestry is woven from a plethora of threads made up of individuals, families, community groups, businesses, and networks who share similar and yet unique life experiences. It was easy for us to take the bigger picture for granted at first, but we realized over time that the intentionality behind every thread of colour, conversation, and connection within the hua community has imbued it with a special feeling of family and belonging. While the time we’ve spent working at hua might has been short, both of us feel an undeniable sense of home here at the office and in Chinatown.
  3. Intercultural awareness – what exists around and before us: We have always been living interculturally, even before we stepped foot at hua. However, it was only through the work and conversations that we’ve shared together that we’ve come to realize its implications for our identities and day-to-day lives. Where we used to feel confusion and shame, today we feel a sense of confidence and pride that we will take forward with us instead. Our new sense of interculturalism has grounded us and will shape our future endeavours to come.

IMG_0859We are so incredibly grateful for our families, peers, community allies, hf board, hua staff, friends both old and new. Thank you for the sea of change and learning you’ve inspired in both of us. We’ll be back for more before you know it!

From your AA team,

Alan & Angela


ISSCO Conference: Volunteer Callout

-via our friends at the Pacfic Canada Heritage Centre – Museum of Migration Society (PCHC-MOM) and UBC, St. John’s College.

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Volunteer at the ISSCO 2016 Vancouver Conference

What: ISSCO, the International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas, will host 200 scholars from all around the world who are experts on global Chinese migration. Help us host and make this conference the most enjoyable one to date!

Where: Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, 7551 Westminster HwyRichmond

When: Timeslots throughout July 6th, 7th, and 8th; training session July 5th at 5:30-6:30pm or 7:30-8:30pm

Let us know by Tuesday June 28th if you’re interested! Volunteers gain access to conference discussion, films, and more!

For more information:


Edmonton Chinatown Conference Live-Stream Details

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Kevin will be representing Vancouver & Hua Foundation at the Edmonton Chinatown Conference this weekend. The conference has participants from Philadelphia, Chicago, Toronto, Victoria, L.A., Seattle, Calgary, Edmonton, and a strong youth contingent from Vancouver.

Conference Program here*.

The Conference will be live-streamed through the following links:
Other conference details such as speaker bios can be found here.
*Please note that Edmonton is on Mountain Standard Time, which is one hour ahead of Pacific Standard Time (Vancouver).

Meet Nicole So, our summer intern

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A few months ago, we started hosting meetings with Chinatown youth leaders and activists at the hua foundation office. In March, we met Nicole So, a bright, passionate, and outspoken English lit major from UBC. She first caught our attention with her video about 4 Reasons Why You Should Care about Vancouver’s Chinatown — and has remained engaged and committed to helping Chinatown since.

In our search for a summer intern, Nicole approached us with fresh ideas and heaps of energy. We were delighted that she could spend the next three months with us. Here are a few fun facts about Nicole:

  • She was born in Hong Kong and reads and speaks Cantonese
  • She is a bubble tea fanatic
  • Her favourite dish at The Boss restaurant is club pasta in white sauce
  • She earned a minor in Asian Canadian and Asian Migration studies

On behalf of Claudia, Kevin and the board, I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Nicole! You can reach her at or on Twitter at @nicoleeso.

Vancouver Sun: Vancouver’s Chinatown at risk of losing its identity

Change needed: But development should protect neighbourhood’s low-income seniors from displacement


Chinatown is a sanctuary that grounds a sense of identity for the Chinese-Canadian community and is a landmark for many Canadians.

It wasn’t until I moved my office to Chinatown a few months ago that I’ve learned how quickly we may be losing this cultural temple. Approved developments will introduce 759 units of market housing in the next two years, and only an abysmal 11 units of low-income housing. One proposed development will obscure the iconic Lao Tzu mural on the corner of Gore and Pender, which helped at least one Poh Poh find her way back to Grace Seniors Home. And soon, a Starbucks outlet will be opening its doors on Keefer Street.

In conversations with city planners, community leaders, and a growing number of concerned youth, I’m learning that change is needed in Chinatown, but it should happen in a way that protects the community’s basic social fabric: low-income Chinese seniors and workers, independent businesses, and spaces and programs that honour history and heritage.

—Claudia Li in the Vancouver Sun

Read the entire piece in Saturday’s Vancouver Sun or online.

If you’d like to be involved and/or informed about the future of this important neighbourhood, please leave your email address below.

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Watch Chinatown Documentary “Everything Will Be” at Home

Local filmmaker Julia Kwan’s documentary about the changing face of Vancouver’s Chinatown stole our hearts at the Vancouver International Film Festival. Since VIFF, we’ve learned more about the history of our neighbourhood and the issues it faces today. During this dramatic transition, Everything Will Be is an important film for Vancouverites and Canadians to see.


If you haven’t seen Everything Will Be (or want to watch it again), the National Film Board will be offering free streaming of the movie on Thursday, February 26, and Friday, February 27. Go to the NFB website to see it.

Everything Will Be by Julia Kwan, National Film Board of Canada

We know you’re going to be on your couch watching House of Cards that weekend anyway, so why not warm up with a little local flavour, or when the Underwoods’ world is just getting too dark, wander over to the NFB website and watch this gem of a film!

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Meet our Newest Board Member, Angie Chan

AngieAs a young organization, we count on our board of directors to offer oversight and general wisdom to Kevin, Megan, and me.

Late last year, we were introduced to Angie Chan, who we are excited to have as our newest board member. We shared laughter and stories with Angie at our holiday hot pot extravaganza, and after seeing her break out in dance to our ’90s hip hop and R&B playlist, we knew that she was one of us.

Angie is currently with the Doctors of BC leading a provincial initiative for surgical improvement. Her extensive and varied background also includes work with Vancouver Coast Health in policy, International Lawyers and Economists Against Poverty in international development, and New York University in social change leadership. She was also a trustee for the Vancouver Public Library board, where good sources say she did a kickass job.

I asked Angie what drew her to work with us and she said, “The people! I was first drawn to hua foundation of the staff and board.” With her public and non-profit management expertise, she’s excited to work with hua foundation to “uncover a diverse and evolving Chinese identity.”

Welcome, Angie! She can be reached at angie [at]

3 awesome things to do in Chinatown after the Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade

Flickr/Alfred Shum (Creative Commons) The streets of Chinatown will be full on Sunday as the city celebrates Spring Festival with the popular Chinese New Year parade. It all starts at 11 am. After the festivities, there’s lots to see, do and of course, eat, in our neighbourhood. Here are hua foundation’s recommendations right now.

1. Chow down on a big bowl of noodles at Daisy Garden Restaurant (金菊園)

If we’re going to have lunch, 9/10 times, the hua foundation is going to suggest we meet at 金菊園 (“Gum Gok Yuen”). Cheap and cheerful, we love how food tastes out of the well-seasoned woks, and the guilty pleasures from the barbecue meats display. Get wonton noodles, BBQ duck with rice, and a side of gai lan, and you’re set! (Vegetarians should order the braised tofu and veggies!)

2. Get a taste of Vancouver’s heritage at Ovaltine Café


Since 1942, the Ovaltine’s beautiful neon signs have cheered up the Downtown Eastside. Earlier last year, new ownership took over, giving this classic Vancouver spot a new lease on life. Grace Chen and her daughter, Rachel (owner of Perks Café on Pender Street), are the new owners. Grace used to own the famous Save On Meats Diner, and Rachel grew up taking orders and working at the grill. The Chens plan to soon open for dinner and late-night eats, while still serving its regulars its classic burgers and breakfasts. For comfort food, you can’t beat the prices and friendly service at the Ovaltine Cafe.

3. Experience 越界/粵界 (TRANSGRESSION/ CANTOSPHERE) at Centre A

Centre A has offered some really exciting programming in the past year that has enriched and complicated dialogues relevant to its neighbourhood. The gallery’s current exhibition, 越界/粵界 (TRANSGRESSION/ CANTOSPHERE), the show examines the state of the Cantonese language and cultural loss in an ostensibly culturally diverse time. Inspired by Julia Kwan’s film Everything Will Be and Occupy Central in Hong Kong, 越界/粵界 is about what multiculturalisation of “Historic Chinatown” looks like through the eyes of interdisciplinary art company Hong Kong Exile (Natalie Tin Yin Gan, Milton Lim, Remy Siu), in collaboration with linguist Zoe Lam and artist Howie Tsui.

Paula Daniels and Food Systems Leaders: It takes a village

A few weeks ago, I gave a Pecha Kucha style presentation at the Centre for Civic Governance Forum hosted by the Columbia Institute. The theme of this year’s gathering was Food For Thought. I talked about what I learned working on Shark Truth and how we grew to be hua foundation [check out the full presentation below].

In a night full of inspired, remarkable speakers, I was most wowed by keynote speaker, Paula Daniels. Paula hails from Los Angeles and was the Senior Advisor to the Mayor on Food Policy and Special Projects in Water. She is the founder and full-time Chair of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, which works on food security issues in a way that builds healthy and strong communities. Paula spoke about how her work is rooted in her Hawaiian heritage and the traditional values for caring for land and people.

Although there are many activists who are women of colour, Paula is one of the few I’ve seen give a keynote. I left the conference feeling more confident that our food security and food literacy work matters for my community. See Paula’s keynote here — I think you’ll be inspired, too.