Last Fall an all-call went out to Journalism students to contribute to a publication that would be launching in Spring 2013.
Dakai Maritimes Magazine.
Dakai is Chinese for ‘to open’. It’s Halifax’s first and only magazine that is dedicated to Chinese-speaking Maritimers.
I was honored to be given the cover story.
A story about the need for immigrant workers in Nova Scotia. It was an eye-opening experience and culturally enlightening to spend time with vibrant, young international students like Harry Tian.
Being new to Nova Scotia, I have watched my husband, who recently immigrated from Ireland, adjust to Canada’s unique customs and traditions. It’s helped me to understand the obstacles and challenges that exist when trying to navigate the ocean of change in moving to a new country.
And to think, our move didn’t involve any language barrier. It should have been easy. But it wasn’t.
So today the magazine officially launched. And within those beautiful, glossy pages, I’m proud to have to two stories and a few photographs. And I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t amazed. It’s been a long journey from Toronto to Ireland to here in Halifax today. Three weeks shy of my Journalism degree.
Seeing Dakai launch today and knowing I had a tiny part in it’s first issue is enough to reassure my family that change is good. And obstacles won’t break us – they make us more creative along the way.
Clink of the glass! A toast to Meng Zhao for taking a chance.
And may the writing continue….