My Piece of the Elephant

Long ago and far away there were six men, wise indeed, but, alas, they were all without sight. An opinionated lot, every one, in the course of their wanderings, they happened to meet an elephant standing squarely in the center of their path. Feeling duty-bound to report on his discovery, the first wise man gripped […]

Today, If You are White

Today, if you are white, we have one job to do. Today, if you are white, it doesn’t matter where you go to church or if you go to church, but it matters that we do this one thing … Today, in the aftermath of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, it is required of […]

After Ching-Chong

We were walking back from our city’s Freedom Festival parade. My boys biked ahead of us with bags full of candy, while my husband followed closely on foot. I pushed my daughter in her stroller a few feet behind them. There were other families and groups of people walking home and away from the activity […]

Rising from the Ashes of Racism: A Lament and a Hope

“How is kindergarten?” my aunt asks me. “Good,” I reply. “How many other Chinese kids are in your class?” she continues. I shrug my shoulders. “I don’t know.” It hadn’t occurred to me to pay attention to such things. My friends were in my class and that was all that mattered. Eventually, I would realize […]

Canada 150, Kanata 14,000

By Melaney Gleeson-Lyall | Twitter: @melaneyglyall Happy Canada Day 150! The host people of this land have welcomed immigrants, refugees and visitors ever since the first ships arrived on these shores, now known as Canada. The word “Canada” comes from indigenous origins, from the Iroquois word kanata meaning land or village. While we celebrate 150 years […]