Taijiquan – a martial art


People are practising taijiquan at the 6th Annual Vancouver Water Splashing Festival (2014).
Photo submitted by Bob Luo

Story by Bob Luo

Taijiquan is a Chinese martial art (Wushu).
The movements are gentle and slow.
Each posture flows into the next without pause.
Taiji has many movements.
It has a 24,42,48,88, and other routines.

Taiji is a good exercise.
It has many health benefits.
For example, taiji helps fight stress.
Taiji also increases energy.
People who practise taiji
can improve their flexibility and balance, too. 

Taiji has a long history in China.
It is part of China’s traditional culture.
You can see many Chinese people

practising taiji in many parks in Vancouver.

A group of tai chi practitioners Photo submitted by Bob Luo

A group of taijiquan practitioners
Photo submitted by Bob Luo

Letter to the Editor

Please hear us! 

Dear Sir/Madam:

Re V.S.B Cancellation of Outreach Programs from
Florence Nightingale Adult Education Outreach Class

It is too easy
to cancel this class
because no one hears us.

We are students
at the Florence Nightingale

Elementary School
Adult Education
Outreach Class.

For the past 20 years,
this class has been helping
parents in East Vancouver
to learn the language skills

that are so necessary
for life in Vancouver.

We know how important
education is for people

and the whole country.
We are afraid that
in B.C. education

is no longer respected.
We are very sad and upset to learn
that the School Board is
about to cancel our class

because the B.C. government
is cutting the education budget.

This is very bad news for us
and for the whole city.
Studying basic literacy
is necessary for us

to become part of the community.
With the help of our class,
we can become active citizens
who can contribute to our city,
our country and our democracy.

Cutting our class puts a barrier
in front of us. It is very difficult
for us to make our voices heard.
It is too easy to cancel this class
because no one hears us.

Please hear us. Please help us.
Please save our class.

Signatures of class members:

Student signatures

Student signatures

Students talk about their volunteer experiences

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Submitted and written by Carrie Jung,
Instructor in the English for Academic Purposes
Capilano University
Photos by Richard Berwick • Videotaping by Hugh Soulis • Interviews by Vilien Chen
Video editing and layout by Nila Gopaul

Capilano University
Capilano University is located in North Vancouver.
Many students from different countries
come to this university to study.
Some students come to study English
in a program called “English for Academic Purposes” (EAP). 

For Feras, doing volunteer work is very important.
He says that if you help
other people, one day,
other people will help you.

Students in the EAP program
The students in the EAP program
must join special activities,
go to workshops outside of their classes,
or do volunteer work.
These kinds of activities are called Community Engagement.
They help students meet new people and enjoy new experiences.

Activities for students
Some of these activities take place at the university.
For example, in September,
there is a Student Orientation meeting
to give information about student life at the university.
In October, to celebrate Halloween,
students can go to the university Halloween party.
They can also go to Student Success workshops
to learn tips about studying.
Watch students’ videos on the next page!

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