Hi Jasmine! Thank you so much for your insightful post. As someone who’s visited countless historical museums, I really enjoyed your succinct overview of Suzhou’s history, highlight both the economic and cultural prosperity using language as well as images. I also really appreciate how you brought to attention the inequalities and hardships of the non-local people. By explaining the unfair policies, and painting the picture of a young person trying to make ends meet in the big city, it really emphasized the points you’re making.

Your blog really painted a picture of the clash between the old and the new, and I really look forward to your future posts!

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Picture of a COVID-19 physical distancing sign taken at the White Rock Pier

This was a message board found in front of the White Rock Pier.

I appreciate the clear message, but I think the sign itself is slightly misleading. By putting two outstretched hands somewhat close to each other, it makes the actual required physical distancing seem smaller than it appears.

In addition, the sign seems rather bland and intrusive. It seems more of a strong order, as opposed to using positive reinforcement. I do however love the colour choice, matching BC’s iconic sunset over the ocean logo.

Despite the sign’s intentions, on a sunny day people usually forego the sign’s message in favour of taking a crowded stroll along the promenade. But as vaccinations start to increase, we might not have to worry about arm-lengths after all.

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