Dear Readers

Beyond Music Opening at Musuqeam. Photo credit: Noriko Nasu-Tidball

Beyond Music Opening at Musuqeam. Photo credit: Noriko Nasu-Tidball

Dear Readers,

Thanksgiving is upon the U.S.  As being an American living abroad for a while now, I still consider this day as my most favourite holiday. I fondly remember how we all suddenly tuned out from our crazy busy hustle-bustle for a moment and came together to listen and reflect what we were truly thankful for.

In this last issue of 2016, I am reminded of how we all came from somewhere else, some earlier and some later, and strive to live in a world that shares our values – that’s Art, I think. In this issue, you will learn the best of the human spirits and practices of all different cultures including German, Japanese, Chinese, Canadian, and Kadazandusun, an ethnic group indigenous to Kota Kinabalu in the Malaysian state of Sabah! The power of art is that it asks us to reflect on other people’s creative choices. So, enjoy reading.

Lastly, I am delighted to share some wonderful new collaborative spirit for Musqueam youth – Beyond Music Initiative, as some of you may know. On behalf of the entire team, I thank you for being a part of our journey and welcome everyone to join. For those who missed the Opening Ceremony at Musqueam Cultural Centre by any chance, here is the complete recap.  Enjoy! 

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays!


Keiko Honda
Community Engagement Chair