Canada Seafood Guide in Chinese

January 24th, 2012

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Guide Updated August 2011

Do you ever find yourself staring at the seafood counter at your local grocery store or the menu at your favourite restaurant, trying to figure out which seafood is the best choice or sometimes, the least worst?

Use SeaChoice’s sustainable seafood guide to help you find the Best Choice options when shopping or dining!

3 Popular Lunar New Year Proverbs

January 23rd, 2012

Each Lunar New Year, it is tradition to greet friends and family with proverbs wishing them prosperity, health, luck and happiness. What you commonly hear is the Cantonese greeting 恭喜發財 Kung Hai Fat Choy (Gong Xi Fa Cai in Mandarin) which translates literally to “Congratulations + Good Luck” but means “Happy New Year.”

Another on is 身體健康 Sun Tai Geen Hong in Cantonese / Shēn Tǐ Jiàn Kāng which translates to “Body + Health” and means “Wishing you health.”

These phrases are sometimes printed on traditional Chinese proverb posters which are called 揮春 Fai Chun in Cantonese and Hui Chun in Mandarin. They are made for special occasions like Lunar New Year.

One popular proverb is 年年有餘 Leen Leen Yow Yu (Cantonese) / Nian Nian You Yu (Mandarin) which means “every year, have plenty.” The last word ample/plentiful “Yu” is a homonym or pun (i.e. they sound the same) to the word Fish in Chinese 魚.

So we wish you all Gung Hai Fat Choy, Sun Tai Geen Hong and Leen Leen Yow Yu 年年有魚 – may  we have many fish and growth in the movement every year. Let’s rock the year of the Dragon with some unforgettable victories for sharks and our oceans!

If you’re in Vancouver next Sunday, look for our shark mascots and get a free hug at the Vancouver Chinatown New Year parade!

Sunday, January 29th, 2012
12:00pm – 2pm 

Starts at the Millennium Gate on Pender Street (between Shanghai Alley and Taylor Street), proceeds east along Pender Street, turns south onto Gore Street, turns west onto Keefer Street and then disperses at Keefer and Columbia. See map here.

We hope to see you on Sunday!

This Lunar Year, is the year of the Water Dragon! The Dragon is a legendary creature in Chinese culture that represents the sky or heaven in Chinese. Those born in the year of the Dragon are honest and brave. 

Wedding Contest Expands to Hong Kong

January 18th, 2012

As we prep for our Happy Hearts Love Sharks (HHLS) wedding contest at home in Vancouver, we are thrilled to announce that we are expanding our contest model to our partners in Hong Kong with the Hong Kong Shark Foundation (HKSF)! 

Part of the Shark Truth philosophy is to share best practices with our global allies and our hope is to create an “open source” version of the HHLS wedding contest that any conservation group around the world can run with. This means, we will give our partners the guidelines, branding and marketing support to implement the contest on their home turf. We are running our first pilot version of this open source model in Hong Kong, where 50-80% of  shark fin is traded.

Last year, a report from BLOOM showed that 78% of Hong Kong consumers felt shark fin was not needed on the wedding menu. This means it’s going to be tough competition! We’re excited to reward the growing number of Fin Free wedding couples with unforgettable prizes.


Turn on the cheesy show game tunes and bring out Vanna White…

So, Hong Kong wedding couples, how would you like a honeymoon in a certified eco-resort in STUNNING FIJI? This Grand Diamond Prize is brought to you by our friends at Air Pacific and Matava. That’s just one of the many #jawsome prizes for Fin Free wedding couples in Hong Kong this year.

Are you or do you know a Fin Free wedding couple from Hong Kong? Sign up now on the Happy Hearts Love Sharks website:

Learn more about Hong Kong Shark Foundation on their website or Facebook page. 

Carrots & (Chop)Sticks: We need education AND legislation

January 12th, 2012

In the history of humankind, great change has sometimes brought great challenges. There have been many misconceptions around shark fin bans and whether or not they are an effective conservation tool or worse yet, if shark fin bans are an attack on Chinese culture. As a group coming from within the community, we’re clarifying the record once and for all. Read our opinion in the Tyee:

“My parents immigrated to Vancouver from Hong Kong in their late 20s. Before they got married, my mother was working with my grandma, or Ah Poh, in a take-out pizza shop in L’Orange, Saskatchewan to make ends meet. Ah Poh told me stories of the freezing winters, adventures to locate a grocery store that sold ginger so they could make congee, and squeezing into the tiny pizza shop attic to sleep at night. Like many immigrants, my parents settled in what the Chinese coined “Golden Mountain,” because of the spectacular natural landscape, proximity to their home in Hong Kong, and for the opportunity to create a life here in Vancouver. 

My sister and I went to grade school in North Burnaby at a time when the Chinese population was significantly smaller than today’s. Growing up, I experienced my fair share of bullying and as an ethnic minority, I often gave my bullies more material to work with. I remember once in Grade 5, a kid called me a “C—-” and threatened to take all my hard-earned stationary unless I did their Chapter 11 math homework for them. I was initially confused because contrary to the Chinese stereotype, my math skills fell on the left side of the bell curve. Society’s come a long way since those Grade 5 days, but unfortunately I still see, experience and feel forms of discrimination including racism. Racism is when we’re attacking a person or a group of people because of the colour of their skin or the shape of their eyes.

Banning shark fins is not racist, despite what some may claim. The proposals for a shark fin ban might make people feel uncomfortable, but they are fundamentally addressing the shark fin trade that involves not only consumers, but businesses, retailers, shark finners, middlemen, wholesalers, governments, regulatory bodies and most importantly, vulnerable sharks — none of which are associated with one race or culture. With the growing global awareness around shark conservation, a shark fin ban is merely reflecting the cultural shift we’re seeing towards the product: people of all backgrounds want to protect sharks.”

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