The Talking Teacup

A dragon swirling down on a red background, from the Chinatown Conference poster

This month, I have something a little different for you. It’s a one-off podcast I did in June 2016 to capture a little taste of the 2016 Edmonton Chinatown Conference.

I called it The Talking Teacup.

I’m sharing it with you now for a couple reasons. First, I’ve been waiting for a chance to share it with a bigger audience. Also, I’ve got a couple cases that need a bit more cooking, including a live event! Keep an ear out for that.

And lastly, this weekend is Chinese New Year. 新年快乐! Happy Year of the Rooster. Or Happy Lunar New Year, if you celebrate one of the many other iterations of the holiday. So, I thought it’d be timely to share some stories of the Chinese community right here in our city.

The 2016 Edmonton Chinatown Conference ran from June 11-12 at the University of Alberta. It was a gathering of city planners, business people, history nerds, young artists, folks from Chinatowns in other cities, and just generally Edmontonians with a strong bond to Chinatown here. The goal: to learn more about Chinatown’s cultural and historical roots, and do some visioning about its future.

This podcast was originally presented on the Chinese Benevolent Association’s website. You can read more about the conference on their site.

The graphic recording below was created by Aaron Lao, Monique Yu and Daniel Hackborn, and illustrates what they heard during the action-planning discussions that concluded the conference on June 12, 2016.

A mural depicting an ideal Chinatown, from a grocery store to people playing mahjong outside and lion dancers in the streets.
This graphic recording was created by Aaron Lao, Monique Yu and Daniel Hackborn, and illustrates what they heard during the action-planning discussions that concluded the conference on June 12, 2016.

Music for this episode:
Old Man and the Sea II by Ivan Chew (c) 2009 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license. dig.ccmixter.org/files/ramblinglibrarian/23952 Ft: panu moon

Everything Real (Guitar Instrumental) by Ivan Chew (c) 2012 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license. dig.ccmixter.org/files/ramblinglibrarian/39588

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