Jessie was born in the peasant family of Teochew and grew up in Shenzhen, known as China's silicon valley. Moving twice in her life, she is now on the unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. She likes listening stories from her Dad, her Grandma and whoever wants to share with her.
Yulanda is a queer Chinese settler born on Anishinaabe territory, and currently lives on unceded Coast Salish Territories. With family ties to Hong Kong and Guangdong, Yulanda is a fierce believer in collectivity and possibility, and can be found learning and playing in spaces of creation, community, and utopia.
Chanel comes from a family of Chinese Vietnamese immigrant settlers and was born and raised on Coast Salish Territories/East Vancouver. She is passionate about building culture through relationships that are based on love for each other and our communities. When she's not in Chinatown, she's making her own books and hustling at local craft fairs.
With grandparents who had come from various regions in the Guangdong province, Jodie was born and raised in Hong Kong, and has been living on the ancestral and unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations since 2003. Jodie is a congee enthusiast, brings experience working in the non-profit and social services fields, holds a BA in sociology and visual arts from the University of British Columbia, and enjoys bantering in Cantonese in Chinatown.
Dora Ng is a non-binary writer/storyteller, born and raised on Coast Salish Territories, who tells Chinese-Canadian genderqueer stories. Dora grew up in an East Vancouver neighbourhood with their grandparents, who are from the Canton Province of China and Vietnam. Dora was taught to read and write Traditional Chinese by their grandfather. Dora has worked with seniors and older adults as a program coordinator in various capacities in Chinatown and in the West End. Dora is a lion dance enthusiast and enjoys lion dancing for community events.
Mark is a fourth generation settler of Cantonese and British descent, born and raised on Coast Salish Territories. Mark made childhood memories in Chinatown and continues to draw strength from his relationship with his grandmother, who encouraged and supported his studies in Chinese. Mark holds a BA in Linguistics, is a Certified Member of the Society of Translators and Interpreters of BC, and has been interpreting and translating in Chinatown since 2015. Mark lives for barbecued pork on rice.
Sarah is a newcomer to the unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. She is an urban planner and a founding member of Chinatown Community for Equitable Development in Los Angeles, where she learned about building sustainable community leadership and decision-making from elders and peers in the Asian American and labor movements. She has an MA from UCLA and an AB from Harvard.