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Learn Chinatown survival Cantonese!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Hello Friends and Neighbours,

An early newsletter post to share an exciting upcoming event from Centre A Gallery.

I've seen firsthand how a little rudimentary Cantonese can go along way and bring a smile to a local elder's face..
Check it out!
— Pete Fry

Please join Centre A for:


An Art & Community Initiative
with projects by Lydia Kwa 
Kathryn Gwun-Yeen Lennon 
and a special window display directed by Mrs. Chang 張太

April 24th – June 14th, 2014

Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat, 11am-6pm
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 24, 2014, 7pm

Centre A, A 中心229 E. Georgia Street, Chinatown, Salt Water City

Opening Reception: M'goi/Do Jeh: Sites Rites and Gratitude - Thursday April 24, 7-10pm, Facebook Event
Saturday School: Chinatown Survival Cantonese Classes          
Saturdays, 10am - 12pm, April 26 - June 7
Learn Chinatown survival Cantonese and get oriented to the neighbourhood! The streets, shops and spaces of Chinatown will be our classroom and its people will be our textbooks. Classes will include: basic Cantonese greetings, numbers, getting around, how to order food in a restaurant and grocery shopping. We will do short field trips around the neighbourhood and hear stories about Chinatown history, community organizing, and historic and current relationships with the diverse cultural communities who share the space. Our final exam will be a grocery shopping expedition and collaboratively created meal.
Taught by Zoe Lam.
Curated/arranged by Kathryn Gwun-Yeen Lennon.
Class 1 -- April 26 -- Chinatown Tour w/ Judy Lam Maxwell 
Class 2 -- May 3 -- Vegetables/CHOI! w/ Hua Foundation
Class 3 -- May 10 -- Talking with Elders w/ Evan Lee
Class 4 -- May 17 -- Ordering Chinese Food w/ trip to local eatery
Class 5 -- May 24 -- Friends and Neighbours w/ Yee Fung Toy Society
Class 6 -- May 31 -- Tea Time w/ Treasure Green Tea
Class 7 -- June 7 -- Sik Fan/Eat Rice! Final Celebration (for attendees of previous classes) 
7 classes: $40 for Centre A members, $60 for non-members (includes membership), $9 drop-in.  
(considerations can be made for low-income participants). 
Register online here Saturday School: Chinatown Survival Cantonese Classes, or contact Natalie at: 604-683-8326
Have questions about Saturday School? Contact Centre A


Community Memory Map
Facilitated by Kathryn Gwun-Yeen Lennon

Contribute your stories and photos of the neighbourhood.

Game of Couplets, a participatory poetry game by Lydia Kwa
Daily with a special event on May 31 at 3pm

The Living Language Studio. 

For the duration of the exhibition, this space will serve as a pop-up resource centre, inviting visitors to imagine, and help shape, a community space shared by groups engaged with community development, advocacy, and the transfer of cultural knowledge. For more information about using the space, email

Youth Community Film Screening 
Curated by Kathryn Gwun-Yeen Lennon

May 10 at 3pm

Free admission

Poetry Reading by Lydia Kwa and Kathryn Gwun-Yeen Lennon 
May 17 at 3pm
Free admission