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PSFS - October 2021 E-Newsletter


Hello Powell Street Festival Society Friends,
As we slip into the crisp fall weather, we've been working on a few things we'd love to share with you. If you've visited our website recently, you may have noticed a new look - if not, it's a great time to see our ongoing events and initiatives, scroll through festival images, browse our merch shop, and more!
In this newsletter:
  • Asahi Tribute Programming Recap
  • Upcoming: the next Paueru Gai Dialogues Online Event
  • Community Announcements

DTES Community Care

Asahi Tribute 2021 Recap

Thank-you to the Advocacy and Outreach Committee for their work on this tribute!

Every summer since 2005, the Japanese Canadian community has hosted the Asahi Tribute Baseball Game in Oppenheimer Park. Due to COVID-19 challenges, our Advocacy and Outreach Committee distributed locally-produced kettle corn to 200 DTES residents in lieu of the game and shared meal. Special thanks to our collaborators Vancouver Second Mile Society and True North Kettle Corn.

From 1914 until the Second World War, the Asahi challenged—and defeated—many white teams amidst heavy anti-Asian racism in the region. Oppenheimer Park, then known as Powell Grounds or Paueru Garundo, was their home field. Though disbanded in the 1940s, the team continues to symbolize resistance and community-building in the face of racism, dispossession, and exclusion. This history reflects the broader history of Oppenheimer Park and the neighbourhood. DTES residents foster community, support one another, and assert their right to remain despite the violent and ongoing attempts to push people out of the Park and the area.

We hope that this small offering helps commemorate our shared histories and support for all those in the neighbourhood who continue to resist and remain.

This tribute was made as part of our Downtown Eastside Community Care Programming. Read more about this suite of programs on our website here.

Upcoming Event

The Paueru Gai Dialogues #8: Expanding Diasporic Imaginaries

Saturday October 16 - 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM PDT / 4-7 EDT
Free online event, advance registration required

In the eighth Paueru Gai Dialogues event, Ayumi Goto will be in conversation with Andrea Fatona, Peter Morin, and Abedar Kamgari. Coming from diverse communities of culture, art, and activism, the panelists all have in common the profound capacity to move between multiple worlds and to create interlinkages so that others are invited to participate. In this dialogue, conversations will weave between building Indigenous and non-Indigenous relations, the pleasures and gifts of engaging with unexpected others, and the prismatic scatter of diasporic states of affairs. Participants are most welcome to engage with the invited speakers, to share their life experiences of bridging lives and communities, and to forge new paths and conversations.

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Powell Street Festival Online

Watch the Paueru Gai Dialogues #7: On Mental Health and Art

Missed the Paueru Gai Dialogues #7: On Mental Health and Art? Watch the full video above, or visit our YouTube playlist to catch up on the whole series!

Community Announcements

Gathering of Wishes and 1000 Paper Butterflies

SUM Gallery - Oct. 7 & 9

Looking for another origami project after this summer's Daruma Community Art Installation? SUM Gallery invites you to participate in their upcoming exhibition!


Eva Wong and Naoko Fukumaru will lead a series of in-person Origami workshops with the goal of making one thousand butterflies for their exhibition, Mass Reincarnation of Wish Fragments, opening Oct 28 at SUM gallery. Guests are also invited to write down their wishes, which will be folded into each Origami butterfly.
 


Can’t make one of the three scheduled workshops? Eva Wong invites drop-ins at SUM gallery, Tue to Sat, between noon and 5:30pm, beginning Oct 14. Not in Vancouver? You’re also welcome to mail your butterflies and wishes to us! Not handy with Origami, but still want to be involved? The Gallery will accept submissions by mail - see their website for details

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Heart of the City Festival

The 18th Annual Downtown Eastiside Heart of the City Festival will be taking place Wednesday, October 27th through Sunday November 7th! Twelve days of live and online events are planned; stay tuned and you may see something familiar!

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Otowa Ryu Japanese Dance Group 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert

Thank-you from the Powell Street Festival Society Team!

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Powell Street Festival Society is proud to present this resource in partnership with the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (Toronto) and the National Association of Japanese Canadians.
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