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The Two Nans: Featuring the National Ballet of Canada

Written by Deirdre Kelly
Translated by Jennifer J. Lau
Photography by IKONICA

What are the chances? Two ballet dancers, both from the Chinese seaport city of Dalian, both invited to join the National Ballet of Canada immediately upon completion of their rigorous training, and both named Nan.

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The Flavour of Canadian Fashion

Written by: Lisa Tant
Dresses by: Lucian Matis and Christopher Paunil
Jewellery: Maison Birks
Model: Ming Bo Lam
Makeup: Dawna Boot
Hair: Ladylyn Gool
Photographer: T.H. Jackson Huang of Ikonica

Take the best of other cultures. Stir in a breath of fresh nature. Add a dash of urban spice, and shake in some prairie goodness. Finish it off with a chic sensibility. The result? A luxurious melting pot that I call Canadian fashion.

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Dragon and Phoenix

By Anny Fong

Are light and darkness opposites? Is darkness simply an absence of light? Can the concept of darkness exist without the concept of light? From the perspective of Chinese philosophy, this is an embodiment of the concept of yin and yang: seemingly opposing forces are actually complementary, interdependent, and interconnected.

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More Than Red Pockets: The Celebration of Chinese New Year for Multicultural Canada

By Jennifer J. Lau

I reflected on what Chinese New Year means and could mean for Canadians today and tomorrow. I wondered what this celebration marks for fellow Chinese-Canadians beyond red pockets and large family gatherings, and for Canadians at large who see the festivities unfolding around them between New Year and Valentine’s Day.

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The Core of Our Culture: An Attitude of Respect

By Sabrina Hao

Respect is something I was taught at a young age back home in China. My family was not wealthy, but my father always encouraged me to pick up my bowl when eating as a form of respect to my ancestors. He also warned me never to point my chopsticks at anyone because it symbolized considering myself before others. Little did I know, these unassuming moments at home would go on to inspire me to educate others about etiquette and manners.

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The Tea Ceremony

By Nellie Kwok

The art of tea appreciation has historically been a symbol of sophistication and prestige within the Chinese society. Subsequently, the practice of serving tea progressively became an integral part of Chinese culture. Serving tea became a sign of respect. Even the most modest households in China would have the basic necessities for making a hot cup of tea.

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