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Old 01-17-2010, 02:26 PM   #401
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Speaking of Nester's. I didn't know about them until the Woodward's thing, then the other day my daughter mentions a place opening up in Univercity up by SFU Mountain. It's also a Nester's.

BTW, what ever happened to Thumper? Looks like he disappeared off the face of this cyberplanet.
Nester's first store was up in Whistler. Then they got bought out by JP and now they have 10 stores I belive, and the SFU one is going to be their new flagship store.

FYI, the SFU Nesters grand opening was this past thursday.
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Old 01-17-2010, 09:25 PM   #402
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FYI, the SFU Nesters grand opening was this past thursday.
Yeah, saw that on Friday in the Burnaby newspaper, which is supposed to come on Wednesday. Fucking delivery person...... always late by a day or so.

So, any idea what happened to thumper?
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Old 01-20-2010, 07:34 AM   #403
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Just read the thread about a Bokken sword and Mikado was mentioned. Mikado Enterprises used to be further down Hastings. A few doors west of Gore Avenue. They were into the ship chandling business exclusively at that time (60's and early 70's). I guess with the world changing, their business had to focus on other things. Interesting that they went into the martial arts business, as I don't recall any of hte owners being into that. Come to think of it, one of the owners was into Kendo.

One of the wives of the owners there was the prettiest Japanese ladies I have seen. Not only that, she was super nice and elegant. She must have come from a well to do family, because she was so refined and proper (jyohin).

Anyway, I hung out there and played with the two kids who were my age. They lived somewhere in the west end, from what I recall, but went to Strathcona Elementary. I guess it was more convenient. Nice guys they were. After graduating from Strath. I never saw them again. The old storefront was in the same block as the post offfice and fire hall No. 2. I remember playing in the alley with them every Saturday and watching the firefighters practice and hone their skills. The post office on the corner must have been the busiest one in all of Vancouver. Packed with Asians sending their mail and parcels back home.

I guess Mikado moved from their original location because of the conditions of the building. It was run down and full of cockroaches. Man, did they have huge cockroaches there. Cockroaches were a common thing in Chinatown, but the ones I saw there were like on steroids.

I really should drop by Mikado and see what the place is like and say hi. The last time I went there, about 8 years ago, they still had Japanese food and sundries. I drive by the place every so often now and it looks like the place has nothing but martial arts equipment.
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Drove down Hastings today and noticed this.
http://www.rickshawtheatre.com/

I didn't know they sorta cleaned up the old place and have been open for a while.

http://www.yelp.ca/biz/the-rickshaw-theatre-vancouver
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I know this was posted in another thread on RS, but it's a start of what I found on youtube.





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I was watching an old episode of 21 Jump Street, the show was filmed Primarily in Vancouver in the 80s and early 90s, I would remember seeing the film trucks around town as a child. Anyways, was watching this episode:


and was wondering if this was the racetrack up on westwood plateau?
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Holy carp, almost a year ago post. Proves nothing on the Internet dies.

Back to the post....... yes, it sure looks like Westwood. So long ago. Good find.
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Can't let this thread die. It's best if every member read it.
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Can't let this thread die. It's best if every member read it.
Thanks, skyxx, it would be nice if RS members, who's family have been here for many generations, took the time to talk to their parents/grandparents about their experiences living here in Greater Vancouver and share those stories here.

My father never said much about the past before he passed away, but then again, I never bugged him about it. I'm sure he had many stories of how life was like back in his day - whether it be about the Chinatown Riots, racism, police conduct towards immigrants, the war days, trying to fit in, etc.

As mentioned by others, personal experiences tell much more than just the plain facts you read in the papers or see in the news reels.



EDIT: any history/accounts from the South Asian community would be nice - 49th and Main didn't happen overnight.

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I've been talking to alot of older generation vancouverites who show alot of resitment and hate to the new immigrants coming here. Guess it's a great benefit of joining the ymca.
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Resentment?

Yeah, I can understand why and I'm sure a lot of people agree.
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the resentment is coming from older immigrants if that helps.
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Not surprising. I'm sure a lot of them feel that they had to earn their place, fit in and make something of themselves to provide for their families and many new immigrants don't have the same struggle.
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I remember as a kid, Richmond Square (now Richmond Centre) was a dumpy mall, with Fields and Zellers as some of their landmark stores...getting malts at the Little Drummer Boy stall in there was a treat that my mom would sometimes let me have or the Orange Julius just outside the Field's store there.

The Bamboo Grove used to be a small dining room and coffee shop, not the Chinese restaurant. Also, Sea Harbour on No.3 used to be some tiny Chinese restaurant with a small take out window on the side. Where Daimasu is was a tiny Honda dealership..where you could buy lawnmowers and an Accord hatchback.

Richmond sure did grow up.
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I kind of recall the Honda dealership. It was where the Acura dealership is now, am I right?

When my dad used to moor his fishing boat at Paramount (BC Packers), there was nothing between Richmond city and Steveston. Steveston Highway from 99 to Number One was nothing but swamp. Nothing but dirt roads.

BTW, what the hell is the Brighouse in Richmond? My dad used to talk about the brighouse. What's the history behind it? I did quick search on google and it says some town in England. I know what a brig is. So, there was some kind of prison in Richmond?
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BTW, what the hell is the Brighouse in Richmond? My dad used to talk about the brighouse. What's the history behind it? I did quick search on google and it says some town in England. I know what a brig is. So, there was some kind of prison in Richmond?
This should help. I'm sure there are Brighouse schools, libraries, parks, etc though.

http://www.richmond.ca/cityhall/arch.../brighouse.htm
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Not surprising. I'm sure a lot of them feel that they had to earn their place, fit in and make something of themselves to provide for their families and many new immigrants don't have the same struggle.
Or it could be because the new immigrants don't give a flying fuck about Canada? Perhaps bringing unwanted hate toward the Chinese? I can see that. The Chinese who have been in Canada for a while have come a long way in earning the respect they enjoy. I think they feel the new generation of Chinese is somewhat destroying that. I'm not Chinese, so it's just speculation. Perhaps someone who knows can explain further.
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This should help. I'm sure there are Brighouse schools, libraries, parks, etc though.

http://www.richmond.ca/cityhall/arch.../brighouse.htm
Wow, never thought about the area being named after a person, LOL. Now that makes sense.
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I kind of recall the Honda dealership. It was where the Acura dealership is now, am I right?
Used to be right here. I'm thinking it was the Daimasu, but I was pretty young then. I'll ask my dad, since that's where he bought his Accord HB way back.

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Speaking of old dealerships, I remember my father buying his first car from Jim Pattison on Main. The dealership was the one that had a car sticking out of the window. Apparently some worker accidentally drove a car through the window. They decided to keep it that way and made a display out of it.
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Another piece of history......... not Vancouver, but close enough. I've been driving to and from the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland for over 31 years now. On the way out to the Valley, I drive by this tree stump on the right side of the Trans Canada Hwy every freaking day. It's a tree that has had its top cut off. I always wondered what the story was behind that tree. It is often decorated with the Canadian Flag, wreaths, and crosses. Recently I have noticed a marker by the tree. Well, I finally looked it up on the Internet. Here's the story.

http://knowbc.blogspot.com/2009/08/f...-mainland.html

One day, I'm gonna find my way to that tree and put something there - like a Revscene lanyard, LOL.
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fuck vancouver. It was great growing up int he 90's but fuck it's fucking state right now. Fuck you people that ruined it
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Speaking of old dealerships, I remember my father buying his first car from Jim Pattison on Main. The dealership was the one that had a car sticking out of the window. Apparently some worker accidentally drove a car through the window. They decided to keep it that way and made a display out of it.
Almost bought my first car there

I remember riding my bike around Wolfe Chev / Olds when there were still kitty-corner from the PNE on Hastings and Renfrew. They had the used car lot on the north side of Hastings
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