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Also to the north, gleam the often snow-covered ranges of the Coast Mountains.

With its extensive parks and relatively equable climate keeping temperatures mild throughout the year, Vancouver is a paradise for leisure activities.

I felt like I was sort of “upgrading” in a way by moving away from my heritage. Adam and I have been dating for over a year, and I’ve learned that we are very much alike.

I felt proud that I was more white-washed than all my other Asian friends. Although we grew up with some very different traditions (my Chinese/Vietnamese heritage and his Canadian/Jewish heritage), we pretty much went through the same circumstances as Canadian children.

As a young Asian woman, I am no stranger to feeling fetishized by white males.

During the year and a half I was on Tinder, white males of or around my age sent me messages such as “you’re my first Asian”, “Asa Akira”, “you look like an Asian goddess”, and best of all, “don’t Asian girls love white guys?

We once overheard a comment from a stranger saying “where do I get myself a hot Asian girl?

” but he was obviously from a very different generation.

I love him for who he is, not for the colour of his skin. if you liked this post, you might like this post on awkward phases I had as a Toronto kid.

And I definitely don’t see him as a white guy – I just see him as my guy.

The Granville Island Public Market is one of the most popular attractions selling fruit and vegetables, seafood, and a great variety of other specialties as well as ready-to-eat items.

Not truly an island, the arts hub is linked to residential areas by one road and footbridges to the south, and to the Downtown peninsula (across False Creek) by ferry.

Once mainly industrial, Granville Island is now a thriving center of activity with a relaxed and distinctive atmosphere.