In response to Dave Kees's student, Ying Lan offers her insights into Vancouver
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> ----- Original Message -----
> From: ying.lan <yinglan@...>
> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, July 04, 2001 11:07 PM
> Subject: Vancouver?
> > Dave asked
> > > > A student is going to Vancouver in a couple weeks and is a bit
> > > > worried about the unknown factors involved.
> Tell me more the unknown factors involved.
> Is your student a Chinese person who wants to study English there or does he
> she just want to immigrate?.
> I was in Vancouver in September of 1996.
> Actually, I had good time there.
> I lived with a Canadian family.... there were 4 female people in the family.
> The hostess had got divorced ten years before ... she lived with her mother
> and two daughters.
> She had to let rooms to foreign students to make some money to support her
> Actually, she never owned her house... just rented it.
> We still keep in touch now... she will move to Howaii next September to live
> with her boyfriend.
> The grandmother passed away two years ago.
> Vancouver is the most beautiful city in the world.... so people say
> But I think that Victoria is more beautiful than Vancouver... they will
> reply... Huaaah noo.... Victoria is too slow.
> Someone once told me ... he is a Canadian who has lived in Vancouver before.
> He said... Vancouver is not as safe as usual now.
> But if you stay away from drugs and girls... everything should be o.k. and
> Because Vancouver is the warmest place in Canada, some poor people have come
> from the inland to make money there.
> It is easy to make money on the street (because Canadian coins are too heavy
> to be carried... ) some beggars (especially the teenages) are not from poor
> Another reason is that Vancouver is a place which still has good social
> welfare... compared to Toronto. That means people have to pay high taxes in
> In Toronto... the city government changed the tax rule six years ago. The
> quality of social welfare in Toronta is not as good as before. But so many big
> companies have moved to Toronto now. The unemployed like to live in Vancouver.
> Actually.. the whole Vancouver city was built by Hong Kong money.
> Maybe 50% of people who live there are from Asia. If you just want to survive
> there.. you don't even need to speak English.... Speaking Chinese is enough..
> If you want to work at a bank to do some servicing job, they will ask you to
> speak two languages .. English and Cantonese.
> Ying Lan