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Hua foundation is a non-profit based in Vancouver’s Chinatown on unceded territories, including the lands belonging to the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ /Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Hua foundation’s mission is to empower youth in the Asian diaspora to advance social change through exploring their racialized identities and building resilience in communities. We do this by leading community based research and action; empowering youth and incubating youth-led initiatives; and building community partnerships and resilience.

Our work began in 2009 with Shark Truth, a project that worked with wedding couples to go Fin Free, effectively stopping 80,000 bowls of shark fin.

In the years since then, we have evolved from our initial focus on environment, culture, and heritage towards supporting youth, leading systems change work, and building capacity in our communities.

Our collaborators include Ocean Wise, Vancouver Farmers Market, Greater Vancouver Food Bank, the University of British Columbia’s Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies program and Gold Mountain River Tours, and Emily Carr University of Art & Design. As of fall 2018, we are launching a Race Equity Project that includes a fresh news series of events, resources, and youth workshops exploring race, food, identity, and inclusivity.

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Kevin Huang
Executive director

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What “hua” means and how to pronounce it

Hua is a play on words:
華人 [Cantonese: Wah Yun. Mandarin: Hua Ren] – peoples of ethnic Chinese descent;
變化 [C: Bin Faa. M: Bian Hua] – change;
文化 [C: Man Faa. M: Wen Hua] – culture.

We chose a name that incorporated all these aspects of our work.

“Hua” is pronounced hwa, kind like boire, French for drink, but with an h.
If you’re feeling excited, we won’t be offended if you pronounce it hoo-wah!