Eight distinguished Asian Canadian writers discussed the role of history and memory, and the different ways people choose to gather and record the past, at the opening event of the Literasian Writers Festival held on September 21, 2016, at the CBC Studio 700 in downtown Vancouver.
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It was the autumn of 2015. It all started with coffee, lots of it, and many weeks of it, at my favourite Vancouver coffee shop in Olympic Village, with my journalist friend who didn’t stop the pitch until I gave in. My friend, who wishes to be anonymous, kept talking about ‘Filipinos should have a better presence in Canadian media”. That’s true. “We are so much under the radar, unlike Indians, Chinese.” True too. “There’s nothing in mainstream or ethnic media that truly reflects the Filipino community in Canada.” True, all true.
It's not often that a non-profit society finds itself in this dilemna: owning a number of real estate assets, in Vancouver BC no less, in the tight real estate market of the 2000's, with an opportunity to turn these underutilized and aging properties into more productive assets, but whose stewards - the board of directors - may be risk averse.
Chicken-catching is a job catching chicken in barns for processing. It is not a glamorous job. Some call it 3-d: “dirty, dusty and dangerous”. It is night work. Not many apply for these jobs locally.
The Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council forecasts that “By 2025, the number of domestic workers available in this industry will decrease from 15,900 to 14,800, widening the labour gap to 1,100 workers.” Hence the increase in demand for temporary foreign worker chicken catchers.
Dr. Rey D. Pagtakhan was the first Canadian Filipino elected as Member of Parliament. He was a cabinet minister in the governments of then prime ministers Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin. Through this interview, the Canadian Filipino Net distills some pointers from his remarkable Canadian political journey.