HALIFAX: Two Chinese start mental health group for students from China

Halifax Chinese language mental health support group starting

Peer support group designed to reduce stress, isolation

By Shaina Luck, Nelson Xie, CBC News Posted: Aug 17, 2015 6:20 AM AT Last Updated: Aug 17, 2015 5:51 PM AT

Minzhou Sun (left) and Jinbo Chen are working to set up a mental health peer support group that will offer help in Chinese.

Minzhou Sun (left) and Jinbo Chen are working to set up a mental health peer support group that will offer help in Chinese. (Shaina Luck / CBC)

Two Chinese-Nova Scotians are setting up a mental health support service aimed at the growing community of international students from China.

They say there are few mental health options in other languages, and that causes many Mandarin and Cantonese speakers to turn away from help.

“I’ve always had a passion to help newcomers,” said Jinbo Chen, one of the organizers. “Mental health issues are one of the issues that I really care about.”

Chen moved to Halifax in 2002 as a university student, and remained in Halifax to work and raise a family. 

He says Chinese international students face stress and mental health issues for many reasons, including loneliness and isolation, workload, and parental expectations. 

“A high percentage of them, it’s not because they want to come here — their parents want them to come here,” Chen said. “If they cannot achieve a certain level or score, it might have some stress with their family.”

Chen said many students are also coming to university in their late teens or early 20s, and may struggle with issues such as what direction to take, addiction problems, or romantic problems, all of which could contribute to mental health problems.

‘They preferred to speak to a person who speaks Chinese’

CBC airs Scaachi Koul ranting about how white people disgust her

CBC airs Scaachi Koul ranting about how white people disgust her 

Morning rave, or boring rave? Scaachi Koul investigates


By Audrey Davis

February 03, 2016

Scaachi tells Shad what happened when she tried (really tried) to stay positive for a whole week.

Scaachi Koul and Shadrach Kabango Source

First of all, the title is grossly misleading the readers as Koul doesn’t make an investigation, but only shares  a personal  rant about an event she chose to attend.

Her rant goes on for about 8 minutes and, in spite of trying to be funny, her true colours pierce the thin layer of failed jocular approach and leave the listener wondering if taxpayers fund CBC for such trash shows.

I am not judging her professed dislike of white people as everyone is entitled to show and support ethnic solidarity.

What is disgusting about her rant is her general tone that projects not only a sense of ethnic superiority, but also a rather disturbing mindset: she really feels unsafe in the middle of a group of white people, but, curiously, she chooses to live in Canada instead of actually moving to her parents’ country of origin for a few months at least. You know, to recharge her batteries.

Inferring that, if these white people woke up early to participate in this event they may have no jobs, while she proudly declares that she can hardly go to “work” (BTW, what work?) around 11AM, reflects her

She sneered during the entire rant, somehow proud of her accomplishment.

MONTREAL: Syrian Student Association wants Concordia Refugee Resource Centre

Syrian Student Association Wants Concordia Refugee Resource Centre

Question Seeking Student Approval to Appear in Next CSU General Election

  • Members of the Syrian Student Association at a bake sale. Photo Kinan Swaid

    Lately, Concordia’s Syrian Students’ Association’s email account has been overflowing with messages.

“Just today before I came in, someone sent, ‘Hey I’m a new refugee here—I have a lot of questions about Concordia,’” said Kinan Swaid, president of the SSA.

Admittedly, Swaid says he and his small team don’t have all the answers to the many important questions people have about properly settling in Montreal.

To provide better support for thousands of Syrian refugees in the city and at Concordia, Swaid and over 700 students want to see the creation of a refugee resource centre using student money.

Since Jan. 1, 2015, there have been 1,947 privately sponsored Syrian refugees who have come to Montreal.

Swaid said the centre’s goal will be to fully integrate refugees, including the thousands of people from Syria, to live and succeed in Canada.

“Refugee crises are happening all the time,” he commented. “We’re trying to create a system where we’re always prepared at Concordia.”

‘Not all diversity produces harmony’

Tensions linger for Hong Kong immigrants 2 decades after mass immigration

Debates over housing and signage continue to dog diversity harmony

By Elaine Chau, CBC News Posted: Jan 01, 2016 10:00 AM PT Last Updated: Jan 01, 2016 3:54 PM PT

Associate Producer for CBC Radio in Vancouver


Wui Gwai: Hong Kong Homecoming 53:59

I can’t remember exactly when my parents told me we were immigrating from Hong Kong to Canada in 1992. All I remember, as a six-year-old, was my mom selling me on the idea by telling me about the swing set I would have at our new house. I didn’t appreciate what my parents were giving up; their jobs, family and friends, and the sense of security that came with all of that.

Only later did I understand why they, and thousands of others, did it — because they were scared of the unknowns around the handover of their home country in 1997, from the United Kingdom to the People’s Republic of China.

In the late 1980s and early 90s, the special administrative region of Hong Kong was the largest source of overseas immigrants to B.C. At the peak in 1994, 48,000 people moved to Canada, with 16,000 choosing to settle in B.C.

Pakistani Islamic school Al-Huda operating in Canada

Do Al-Huda schools’ conservative teachings breed extremism?

Tashfeen Malik, one of the San Bernardino shooters, attended an Al-Huda school in Pakistan for a year

By Aleksandra Sagan, CBC News Posted: Dec 10, 2015 4:52 AM ET Last Updated: Dec 10, 2015 5:06 AM ET

Tashfeen Malik, left, and her husband, Syed Rizwan Farook, right, died in a shootout with police hours after an attack on a holiday party in San Bernardino, Calif., on Wed. Dec. 2, 2015.

Tashfeen Malik, left, and her husband, Syed Rizwan Farook, right, died in a shootout with police hours after an attack on a holiday party in San Bernardino, Calif., on Wed. Dec. 2, 2015. (US Customs and Border Protection/Reuters)

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A popular network of Islamic religious schools for women, which espouses a conservative ideology, is facing questions about its teachings after revelations that Tashfeen Malik, one of the San Bernardino shooters, and at least four other women who attempted to join ISIS studied there.Media placeholder

The school’s founder, Pakistan-born Farhat Hashmi who lived in Canada for several years, has denied any links to extremist groups. She said in a statement on her website following the shootings in San Bernardino, Calif., that the schools preach non-violence and promote only a peaceful message of Islam.

“No organization can be held responsible for personal acts of any of its students,” Hashmi’s statement reads, adding a truly devout Muslim “will never involve (themselves) in violent acts.”

But critics of these teachings warn immersion in a conservative religious community can make people more susceptible to radicalization for a number of reasons.

Montreal’s Bangladeshi community to celebrate their identity

Bangla-mela a celebration of Bangladesh’s culture and people

Bangla-melaMontreal’s Bangladeshi community gathered at Howard Park in Park Extension on Sunday to celebrate the country’s culture and people.

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Published Sunday, September 6, 2015 7:17PM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, September 6, 2015 7:18PM EDT

Thousands of Bangladeshis and friends from around Montreal came together today for a fun-filled event.

Bangla-mela is not only a carnival, it’s a festival of remembrance, celebrating Bangladesh’s people and culture and featuring food stalls and dancing.

The party continues until Sunday at midnight at Howard Park on Querbes Ave. in Park Extension