Chinese New Year parade, Propaganda, Chinatown, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

Fotoeins Friday: “Everything is going to be all right”

During the final stages of the Chinese New Year parade through Vancouver’s Chinatown, I’m in front of the window to a café called Propaganda1. I remember there used to be a Chinese butcher shop here …

There’s been a lot of debate in Chinatown about gentrification, the loss of Chinese businesses, new Western-style businesses, the question of an appropriate mix of free-market and social-housing, and what the future will hold, and how it’ll appear for this historical neighbourhood.

I have mixed feelings about what I’ve seen since returning to the hometown. The symbolism of the large letters and the reflection of sunlit faces and national flags for Canada and China make out as crucial elements in a present-day picture of Chinatown and their respective roles in defining the present and staking the future.

I made this photo on 22 February 2015 with the Canon 6D, EF 24-105 L zoom-lens, with the following settings: 1/80s, f/16, ISO400, and 32mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at as

1“Propaganda” is the name of a committee, founded in 1622 by Pope Gregory XV, of cardinals in the Roman Catholic Church responsible for foreign missions. The word’s origin is Italian, from modern Latin congregatio de propaganda fide, for “congregation for propagation of the faith.”

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