by Jake Saltzman
A bilingual magazine that debuted in Halifax last week is being met by praise across HRM, the magazine’s editor says.
Meng Zhao is the founding editor of Dakai Maritimes. It debuted in Halifax on March 6 at the Keshen Goodman Public Library in Clayton Park. The magazine’s content is printed in both Mandarin and English, making Dakai the HRM’s first bilingual English/Chinese publication.
Zhao says Dakai Maritimes will be covering a wide range of topics pertaining to area news and culture. Local freelance journalists will provide the magazine’s content. With two languages in print, Zhao says the magazine’s aim is clear.
“We are looking at the Chinese community. We’re looking at residents, students and immigrants,” she said.
Zhao has targeted local businesses, restaurants, cafés and office buildings. She says several booksellers already have Dakai Maritimes on their shelves, and a handful of Chinese markets in the city have also begun stocking their magazine racks with the debut issue.
Getting Connected and Staying Connected
For prospective readers, the notion of a bilingual publication is more than exciting. Dakai Maritimes will also serve as a wide open avenue through which to explore culture, heritage and tradition. Local university student Stewart Lore is half Chinese, and says the prospect of a new magazine with angles cast toward both the Chinese and the Chinese-Canadian population is a great way to stay connected.
“I’m from Vancouver originally, and obviously there’s a much higher Asian population there than in Halifax. But a new magazine like this is a great way to get engaged, and, for a person like myself, to stay engaged.”
Lore says that while he identifies most comfortably as Canadian, it remains important for him to stay somewhat connected to his family’s heritage. Lore also takes a Mandarin Chinese language class, and says he looks forward to being able to tap into both sides of his ethnic background.
“Even if I’m not sure what’s happening in [Halifax’s] Chinese community, a magazine like this one will be good [for getting] in touch with this part of my culture, and probably [will be] for those like myself too.”
Stewart Lore shares his thoughts
Stewart Lore shares his thoughts.