Born and raised in Guangzhou, Sandi has been an uninvited guest on unceded Coast Salish territory since 2009. Her Chinese name “婉君(WanJun)” is given by her grandmother, who is a big fan of Chiung Yao’s romance novels. Sandi is passionate about community building through storytelling, art and goji chrysanthemum tea. She holds a BFA in Visual Arts and minor in Social Practice and Community Engagement.
Minnie is a 1.5 Generation Chinese settler from Hong Kong and currently resides on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil Waututh Nations. Minnie holds a BA in Psychology and a minor in Gender Race Social Justice from UBC. She enjoys community building, drawing, video games, volleyball, and film, especially animation.
Carven is Han Chinese Cantonese: his po-po's paternal roots west of the mouth of the Pearl River and his paternal roots directly the Pearl River Delta. He brings to Yarrow 15 years of customer service experience and close to a decade of grassroots mutual aid community-building experience, primarily in the 2SQTBIPOC community (Two Spirit, Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour). He enjoys Chinese and IBPOC creations of storytelling that explore themes of unconventional and single parenthood, patriarchy and citizenship, poverty, capitalism and freedom, migration and indigenous solidarity, motherhood, climate change, sex work and other stigmatized work as survival and more-than-survival strategies, sex positivity, queerness in old age and at the margins, food sovereignty and ancestral law. He loves an ocean beach!
Wilson Liang is a community builder. He connects low income Chinese Seniors with younger generations and advocates community resources for the vulnerable population. He understands the cultural differences and believes in multiculturalism. Raised in China, he has been a settler in Canada’s native land since the late 90s. He is very active in the community and connects with other grass root groups and non-profit organizations in the neighborhood. He believes that diversity is beauty and he enjoys a good variety of roles throughout his life including being a volunteer, board member, coordinator, activity leader, computer teacher, Engineer, hiker, Marathon runner, dancer and musician.
Marguerite is a digital strategist and a first generation Coast Salish Territories settler of Chinese and European descent. She is passionate about discovering nuances in human behaviours and understanding how that affects the way individuals react towards different methods of communication. She holds a BBA and diploma in Marketing Management, has been volunteering in Chinatown since 2016, and plans to continue to expand the reach and impact of Yarrow Society's work in 2020.
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.
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.
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.
Kathryn's ancestors settled on Coast Salish territories in the early 1900s as Chinese immigrants. Growing up, Chinatown was an important part of her life alongside her grandparents and she is grateful that she can reconnect with this community. Kathryn is passionate about youth empowerment and providing spaces for young people in the community to be heard. She holds a BA in History and Art History from UBC.