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Dakai Maritimes: Eva & Me

Winter2014 Poignant imagery and honest observations reveal the story of a young orphan from China, a father from rural Nova Scotia and their journey building a life together in Lunenburg, impacting both their destinies.

From the opening quote by Mahatma Gandhi, “Where there is love there is life,”  Eva Purcell-MacIntyre and John MacIntyre’s book, EVA and ME weaves a powerful combination of recollections and images to tell the story of Eva Marie.  MacIntyre’s prose compliment Eva’s transition from a once stoic and cautious 14-month-old baby, to a vibrant and glowing 12-year-old.

MacIntyre says the book was inspired by Douglas Coupland’s ability to tell anew a popular story about Terry Fox in his pictorial biography, Terry.  “With that book in mind, I wanted to explore a father daughter relationship in a meaningful way that might be photographically driven and have the text to support,” recalls MacIntyre.

When the idea first hatched, his daughter wasn’t so keen.  “I kept pestering her and she wasn’t having any part of it … we all have good stories and I think hers is pretty good,” MacIntyre laughs.

“Sharing my story with my community, I felt very proud,” says Eva MacIntyre.  “We had a launch for the book and a lot of people showed up. They asked me to sign their book, and it felt like, wow, this is cool.”

Click here for the story and winter issue of Dakai Maritimes magazine.

Dakai Maritimes: Summer 2014

Stella Tziolas, Entrepreneurs’ Forum, speaker Akram Al-otumi, Jennifer Liu of Fusion Halifax, speaker Franziska Broell and Shelley Hessian, Innovacorp. (L-R)
Stella Tziolas, Entrepreneurs’ Forum, speaker Akram Al-otumi, Jennifer Liu of Fusion Halifax, speaker Franziska Broell and Shelley Hessian, Innovacorp. (L-R)

The Summer 2014 issue of Dakai Maritimes is online and around town.

Learn how one international SMU graduate is changing the rules of business in Halifax and finding there’s more to mattress money than pocket change. But despite his business earning $250,000, the government has told Chen Qing to stay in Canada, he’s got to find another job.

And the resilience of many local entrepreneurs attending Fusion Halifax Immigrant Entrepreneur Showcase are making Halifax a better place to live, work and play.


For the full issue of Dakai Maritimes click here.




dakai coverDebilitating pain at the age of thirteen inspired Dr. Diana Tong Li along a life changing path of Chinese traditional medicine, healing and a thirst for education.

“It’s quite a big honour…when you’re working hard, it makes you feel so good to be recognized internationally,” and most importantly she says it gives “a small town doctor an international voice; for myself, for Nova Scotia and for Canada.”

Read the Spring 2014 article in Dakai Maritimes.






Icy winds whip through Point Pleasant Park and across the bay of the Northwest Arm.  Too cold for hoisting sails; Optimists and Lasers are tucked-in for a long winter’s rest at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron (RNSYS).

Julian Qu (13) is an avid novice sailor who proudly displays his medals and trophies from Chinese, Canadian, and U.S. regattas.

“Being on the water here is similar to China, but the water here is colder,” says Julian.

Read Julian’s story in Winter 2013 Dakai.


Community Herald: Ringing in the Year of the Horse

Chinese New Year Article
Chinese New Year Article

Chinese Maritimers preparing to ring in the Year of the Horse, with special feasts and local celebration.

The idea of a good house clean to sweep away old energy and welcome in good luck and new energy is one way Chinese people prepare for the two week celebration.

I had the pleasure of learning traditions and legends from a local pro, Dakai Maritimes publisher Meng Zhao.

Here’s the story.

Meng Zhao holding shitake mushrooms, aka 'flower mushrooms'
Meng Zhao holding shitake mushrooms, aka ‘flower mushrooms’

Dakai Maritimes, Winter 2013/14 issue

Cover of Dakai Maritimes, Winter 2013/14
Cover of Dakai Maritimes, Winter 2013/14

It’s finally here and available at select news stands.  The Winter issue of Dakai is all about immigration and features a story of how a young, Chinese sailor is adjusting to life in Halifax and utilizing his new-found free time.

Keshen Goodman Library:  connecting newcomers and offering an abundance of resources, community and friendships to immigrants.

Learn about the darker side of student life in rural Nova Scotia from four students at Acadia University.



AcadiaUniversity life in rural Nova Scotia has a dark side. Four students from Acadia University discovered, this is especially true when arriving on the red-eye flight from Hong Kong.

Jack Wang (22) studied business for two and half years at Acadia University and is now working on his Finance degree.

“After leaving the airport all I saw was trees. I said to the driver, where are you taking me?” laughs Wang, recalling the 95 kilometre stretch of blackness between Halifax Stanfield International Airport and Wolfville.

Read the story of four international students fining their way in rural Nova Scotia.