The Choi Project


Chinatown Supermarket owner Ken Lau, left, and Bao Chau and Mei Dong
Photo by Nila Gopaul

Adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Nila Gopaul
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In 1886, business started in Chinatown in Vancouver, B.C.
For 100 years, most customers were Chinese-speaking.
Now Chinatown is changing.
Ken Lau says, “Some only speak English.”
So Ken makes English signs.
He puts them beside his vegetables.
“Now business is getting better,” says Ken.

The Choi Project
Claudia Li started the Choi* Project.
She wants more B.C. farmers to grow choi.
People like local vegetables, says Claudia.
And many vegetables at Ken’s store
come from B.C.
*choi (or choy) means “vegetables” in Chinese

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Photo of Ken Lau – Arlen Redekop/The Province
Photo of Claudia Li – Gerry Kahrmann/The Vancouver Sun
All other photos by Nila Gopaul

Interview with Ken Lau by Nila Gopaul

Special thanks to Ken Lau, owner of Chinatown Supermarket.
Click here for directions and address of Chinatown Supermarket
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B.C.’s best buildings


The Marine Building is in downtown Vancouver. It won #1 Best Building – in southern B.C.
Photo by Tom Magliery/CC, Flickr

The Architecture Foundation of B.C.
had a contest.
The foundation asked people to vote online
to find the top 25 buildings
in four areas of B.C.

People voted from around the world.
Click here to see the top four winners:

  1. The Marine Building in Vancouver
    got the top award – in southern B.C.
  2. Seabird Island School in Agassiz
    was voted #1 – in the Interior.
  3. The Empress Hotel, Victoria was voted #1 – for Vancouver Island
  4. Dawson Creek Art Gallery was voted #1 – in the North

One of our favourite buildings
It is a home in Vancouver. People call it the “Hobbit House”.
“The Hobbit” was a book and a movie.


The Hobbit House in Vancouver was also a winner. It was voted #3 in southern B.C.
Photo by Ian Lindsay/The Vancouver Sun

November 20 is Children’s Day


Photo: Roots of Empathy Program
A student learns from a ‘Tiny Teacher’ in the Roots of Empathy Program

Here are two Westcoast Reader stories about children:

  1. The youngest teachers in B.C. (exercise included)
  2. Toys affect children’s food choices

Click here to see today’s Google Doodle.
a doodle – is a drawing  someone makes when he or she is thinking about or is doing something else.
I made a doodle of my cat while I was on the phone.