Category Archives: Asian community

Vancouver House Tower condos reserved for Asian buyers will have “asset management” program for absentee owners


With its twisted sculptural design, the “iconic” $500-million Vancouver House is being marketed across Asia as a symbol of Vancouver’s future.

The 52-storey Westbank project alongside the north end of Granville Bridge is slated to open in 2018 and is being aggressively marketed in Asia, with up to half of the owners expected to buy from outside Canada.

According to the South China Morning Post, two sales offices were opened in Hong Kong in June.

Sales agents then visited China’s largest cities in search of buyers. And in July, Vancouver House units were marketed in Singapore. According to Singapore publications, Vancouver House condos were reserved for overseas buyers.

This week, Singapore-based website Property Guru reported there was an “overwhelming response” to the launch of Vancouver House, one of “Canada’s iconic buildings.”

“Vancouver House … saw more than 30 units transacted — far more than expected,” according to Property Guru.

“The response surprised us and surprised the developer,” an “excited” Singapore agent was quoted telling Property Guru, which reported a second “showcase” event was planned this week in Singapore. In mid-July The Business Times reported that of “388 units in the 52-storey tower, 30 units are reserved for the Singapore market, said Westbank’s marketing director Michael Braun.”

Westbank spokeswoman Jill Killeen said an initial September date to start selling to locals had been brought forward after Westbank received its disclosure statement last Thursday, ”making it legal to sell.”

“Our tracking indicates that more than 50 per cent of buyers will come from the Vancouver marketplace,” Killeen said in a prepared statement. Sales for local buyers will begin this week. Killeen said Westbank had been marketing to locals through print and television and had hosted an arts event under the bridge to generate interest.

In a story featuring an interview with Vancouver House developer Ian Gillespie, the South China Morning Post noted the building will have an “asset management” program for absentee owners, with staff periodically turning on taps and appliances in unoccupied units.

Gillespie said Vancouver House will be the most expensive building ever in Vancouver and units will be for art-collector-like buyers looking for “live-in sculpture.”

Vancouver House’s star architect, Bjarke Ingels, suggests the building — which will include revitalizing the space under the Granville Bridge at the 1400-block of Howe Street — is symbolic of “a giant curtain, at the moment of being pulled back to reveal the world to Vancouver and Vancouver to the world.” Continue reading

VANCOUVER: Chinese non-profit plans to build orphanage in Congo

 With the rustle of envelopes and the flutter of butterfly wings, a Vancouver organization’s dream of building an orphanage in the Democratic Republic of Congo came one step closer to reality.

About 300 butterflies soared into the air outside an East Vancouver church Sunday, raising $1,500 for Light and Love Home, a non-profit that works closely with the Church of God near East 6th and Main and operates community and charity services in developing countries.

Josh Yu, a Grade 10 student at Tupper Secondary who bred the orange-and-black Painted Ladies butterflies, led the mass release.

“Releasing butterflies creates of a symbol of hope and freedom,” said Yu, who began breeding butterflies three years ago and sells them for weddings and other events.

“I’ve heard many of the people who came back from missions and I wanted to do my part to help them even though I can’t help in person.”

In January, Light and Love home purchased six hectares of land outsideLubumbashi, the Congo’s second-largest city, for $25,000. It needs another $100,000 to build the orphanage and other buildings.

The planned orphanage will include dormitories to house 30 kids — ranging in age from 4 to 18 — a school, and a community centre. It will also have some farm land and a solar power plant that would help the orphanage be self-sufficient.

Violet Chan, vice-president for outreach programs for Light and Love, said the group was approached by a Congolese charity called African Children of Hope, which ran two orphanages but was struggling to stay open.


BROSSARD, QC.: Jian Ping Li”s brother and sister plan to stay in Canada until she is found

CTV Montreal
Published Wednesday, July 23, 2014 9:27AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, July 23, 2014 10:04AM EDT


Jian Ping Li and her six month old baby went missing about 11 weeks ago.

Li’s sister, Jian Ying Li, is holding out hope that the 42-year-old mother is alive. But Li’s brother, who is a police officer in China, isn’t as optimistic. He believes the case should be a criminal investigation and not a missing person’s case. He also says that Li and her husband were having marital problems prior to her disappearance.

Jian Jun Li and Jian Ying Li

Jian Jun Li and Jian Ying Li came to Canada to help find their missing sister, Jian Ping Li, who disappeared from her Brossard home on April 30

Longueuil police searched Li’s home and nearby parks and rivers. They say her husband is cooperating with the investigation. “We still consider it a disappearance case,” says Lonqueuil police spokesperson Mark David. “Of course all hypotheses are being looked at, but nothing indicates right now that it is criminal.”

Police also spoke to members of Li’s church and her co-workers. All of Li’s belongings, including her car and wallet were left at home. The only thing missing is Li’s Chinese passport.


Both the RCMP and Interpol are involved in the investigation.

Li’s brother and sister plan to stay in Canada until she is found.

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Putting Canada First expresses concern on the future of English in Vancouver

Vancouver Anti-Chinese-Language Movement Focused On Chinese Language Signs, Advertisements
Vancouver, Canada Reuters

Canada’s West Coast hub, Vancouver, is home to a Chinese immigrant population so large that the city has earned the nickname “Hongcouver” and the title of“most Asian city” outside of Asia. The city’s Chinese have enriched the culture and created employment opportunities, but recently the growing number of Chinese-language signs and advertisements has sparked protests from some non-Chinese residents.

Brad Saltzberg, a North Vancouver resident, told the Vancouver Sun he takes issue with targeted Chinese advertising for real estate agents, financial planning and other products because it undermines “traditional English and French Canadian identity.”

Saltzberg is also the spokesperson and regional director for Putting Canada First, a nonprofit “dedicated to the maintenance and advancement of traditional Canadian identity, history and language.” It appears that Saltzberg isn’t the only one who has a problem with the increasing use of Chinese in public. Last week, stickers that said “Please Respect Canada’s Official Languages” covered Chinese-language advertisements in West Vancouver’s bus stations.   Continue reading

Mountie Ken Barker, who witnessed Chinese cannibal beheading young man on Greyhound bus, commits suicide

Mountie who witnessed bus beheading dies by suicide Staff 

Published Thursday, July 17, 2014 1:48PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, July 17, 2014 10:37PM EDT

After a long struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, a Mountie who witnessed the beheading of a Greyhound bus passenger has taken his own life.

A family member has confirmed that recently-retired RCMP corporal Ken Barker died by suicide last weekend. A total of 13 Canadian first responders have taken their own lives over the past 10 weeks.

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Asian British Columbians willing to receive organs, but not keen on donating

Low donation rates can lead to longer waits for non-white patients


Surrey resident Karen Rai had been on the waiting list for a kidney for nearly a decade when, a year ago, one of her doctors told her the bad news: she would probably never get one.

Rai, who had grown weak from enduring dialysis four times a day, was shocked and saddened by the news.

But even more shocking was the reason her doctor, St. Paul’s Jagbir Gill, gave her: There simply weren’t enough organs in B.C. from donors who, like her, were South Asian. Continue reading

VANCOUVER: Casting call for reality show featuring filthy-rich Asian girls

Reality show pitch for ultra-rich Asian girls of Vancouver (with video)

VANCOUVER, B.C.: June 3, 2014 — Screengrabs from a promo clip for a new reality show called #HBIC: Ultra Rich Asian Girls of Vancouver. Casting for the show takes place at the end of the month.


Imagine the Real Housewives of Vancouver — except young, Asian, and likely richer.

A casting call seeking the stars of a new proposed reality show called#HBICtv — which stands for “hot bitch in control” — was announced this weekend via corresponding FacebookTwitter, Instagram, andYouTube accounts. Descriptions posted on various social media accounts claim the show will take a glimpse into the “luxurious lifestyles of ultra-rich Asian girls in Metro Vancouver.”

Initially, it’s unclear if the entire production is a serious venture or if it’s an elaborate hoax concocted by someone with money and time, but Kevin Li is adamant the show can communicate something to its viewers about the journey of the Chinese demographic in Canada. Continue reading

University of B.C. Prof. David Ley: “The racism charge in Metro Vancouver is a smokescreen.”

Why Vancouver housing is unaffordable and what to do about it

June 27, 2014. 10:11 am • Section: ImmigrationReal EstateThe Search

Edward Yang is sad about the city he grew up in. His parents emigrated from Taiwan to B.C. without much money, yet in the early 1990s they were able to afford a small house in East Vancouver.

But Yang and his wife, who earn strong incomes in Los Angeles while bringing up their child, doubt they will ever be able to follow a dream to return to the West Coast Canadian metropolis. Continue reading

Vancouver councillor Kerry Jang questionning “the stuff” Prof. Ricardo Duchesne presents in N.B. university setting

by CARLITO PABLO on JUN 26, 2014 at 12:36 PM

A UNIVERSITY OF New Brunswick professor can no longer use his academic affiliation to promote his personal views online about race relations, according to Vancouver councillor Kerry Jang.

The university will also review courses taught by social science professor Ricardo Duchesne, Jang told the Georgia Straight.

Earlier this month, Jang wrote UNB president H.E.A. Campbell about his concerns regarding blog posts and emails by Duchesne.

Duchesne writes on the site of the Council of European Canadians. The group describes itself as one that is opposed to “an establishment that is determined to destroy European Canada through fanatical immigration, race-mixing campaigns, imposition of a diversity curriculum, affirmative action in favor of non-Europeans, and promotion of white guilt”. Continue reading

TORONTO: John Pham and Somlack Litthimane in relation to Danny La’s murder

Arrests in baseball bat murder 




Danny La is Toronto's 49th homicide of 2013.
Danny La is Toronto’s 49th homicide of 2013.

TORONTO - Two men have been charged in last year’s baseball bat murder of 22-year-old Danny La.

The suspects were arrested last Thursday in relation to the vicious Sept. 30, 2013, assault in the Spadina Ave. and Baldwin St. neighbourhood.

A fight occurred and three victims were attacked with a bat after a night of clubbing.

La, 22, who suffered severe head injuries, died nearly a month later in hospital.

​John Pham and Somlack Litthimane, both 24, of Hamilton, have been charged with second-degree murder, attempted murder and aggravated assault.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call 416-808-7400 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477).