Lorraine is the Executive Director of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver's Chinatown. She has been a big supporter of kyth + kyn and we can't thank her enough! Read on to learn more about Lorraine!
1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do?
I’m Lorraine Lowe, Executive Director of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver’s Historic Chinatown. I was born and raised in South East Vancouver with ancestral roots from Toishan, Guanghai China. My Grandfather, Low Hay Hue, first arrived here in 1913 Canada to help build the CPR, which makes me a third generation Chinese Canadian.
2. What does being Asian-Canadian mean to you?
If you don’t understand the history and the culture of where you came from, how can you become a part of the present and the future?” Jim Wong-Chu
As a Chinese Canadian woman, it is a tremendous honor to serve at the helm of such a treasured cultural institution and pillar of our historic Chinatown community. I am a proud daughter of hardworking immigrant parents who worked several jobs around the clock to turn their Canadian dreams into a reality modeling virtues of bravery, honesty, hard work, generosity and the importance of community - values that I treasure close to my heart and continue to honor. As the ongoing Anti Asian violence continues across the nation, it is more important than ever that we continue to educate, raise awareness and celebrate the many contributions of Chinese Canadians and their role in shaping our country.
3. How do you incorporate Chinese food therapy/Chinese herbs into your daily routine?
Growing up with my Grandma, I was very fortunate to fight many ailments with her secret traditional Chinese soups “bo hong” but regrettably, did not take the initiative to learn the art of concocting Chinese herbal medicinal soups.
Western medicine was always shunned upon in our household growing up as Grandma always believed in a natural remedy that would be less stressful for the liver. I would love to learn more about Chinese food therapy and TCM herbs from a Western-friendly modern approach. I believe kyth + kyn has been able to tap into a very important niche market, introducing the younger Chinese Canadian generation to the health benefits of traditional Chinese medicine in a way that would engage a broader audience.
4. As Asian culture tends to put focus on the importance of family, can you share the fondest memory you have with your family?
Food in Chinese culture has always played an integral part in bringing families together. My fondest memories with the family always involved food and a meal during important holidays such as Lunar New Year, when Grandma would prepare a large feast that would include the infamously banned Sharks Fin soup. It was a rare treat to have this delicacy, but even more special that the entire family would be feasting together.
5. Where can people find you?
Have you heard of self-imposed 996? The 996 working hour system essentially means working from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, 6 days per week; i.e. 72 hours per week. As a product of my environment growing up and witnessing both parents constantly hustling, I can be mostly found buried in my work at home, at the office, at a community event and on the 7th day, on the soccer field watching my kids play. It has been an honour to serve as the Executive Director of such an important cultural heritage institution bridging communities and cultures together.
To learn more about the Vancouver Chinese Garden, visit: https://vancouverchinesegarden.com/