I grew up in Vancouver and now live in Mount Pleasant. My short story focuses on a walk towards China Creek North Park which was once a critical point of convergence for many streams flowing in to False Creek.
In my story, I carry a small bundle of bamboo, a stereotypical symbol of “Chineseness”. I drag the bundle behind me, sweeping across the neighbourhood as I walk. My disconnected understanding of my heritage is the lens through which I understand place. This story is at the same time about being and living in Mount Pleasant and also yearning to be connected to another place.
Created during grunt gallery’s 2019 Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen Digital Storytelling workshops with Mount Pleasant residents. grunt gallery was founded in 1984 in Vancouver, BC with the vision to become an internationally renowned artist-run centre and further the practice of contemporary art. Through the exploration of our diverse Canadian cultural identity, we are able to offer public programming in the form of exhibitions, performances, artist talks, publications, and other special projects in the community. Our mandate is to inspire public dialogue by creating an environment conducive to the emergence of innovative, collaborative, and provocative contemporary art.