Around Town: The Mountaintop, evicted while hospitalized, Fong Dickman . . .

Camae (Shayna Jones) with Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. (Kwesi Ameyaw). Kathryn Nickford Photography

The last play of Pacific Theatre’s Covid-reduced season will end next week. But there are still tickets for The Mountaintop by Katori Hall – and the reviews are positive.

The outline of the play:

April 3, 1968. Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. (Kwesi Ameyaw) retires to the Lorraine Motel, desperate for a pack of smokes and a good night’s sleep after exhorting America to ‘be true to what you said on paper’.

Enter Camae (Shayna Jones), an enigmatic hotel maid with a great deal of information about Doctor King’s future – and the future of the movement he champions.

Writing in The Province, Jerry Wasserman said:

This dramatic and often surprisingly funny two-hander attempts to make sense of a complicated character who lives somewhere between those two definitions. Just 90 minutes long, it can only begin to scratch the surface of the real Dr. King, who has become something of a myth.

But director Omari Newton’s tidy Pacific Theatre production succeeds in delivering a rounded portrait of a man fighting enormous battles on issues that continue to haunt American culture. . . .

The play ends with King’s moving vision of the promised land he can see from the mountaintop, and his insistence on love as the only means to that end. The audible sobs from the audience attest to the ongoing power of his vision and accomplishments, the effectiveness of Ameyaw’s straightforward, unadorned portrayal, and the loss we all suffered with Martin Luther King’s awful death at the age of only 39.

PT is offering a “curated reading list from Christophe at Iron Dog Books to complement the play, including The Fire Next Time (James Baldwin), Why We Can’t Wait (Martin Luther King Jr.) and The Radical King (Cornel West).

Evicted while hospitalized

A May 30 article in The Tyee profiled unjust practices which leave some vulnerable people homeless and also highlighted Union Gospel Mission’s role as a social safety net.

In December 2021, Athanios Collias collapsed at a SkyTrain station in New Westminster. The 78-year-old would spend the next three months at Royal Columbian Hospital recovering from a painful pinched nerve.

But while Collias was in hospital learning how to walk again, his landlords – a family in Burnaby he rented a room from – sold their house. Because Service Canada didn’t know where to reach him, Collias’s Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement benefits had also been cut off.

“These people, they brought all my things into hospital, they evict me from the place. They told me they sold the house,” said Collias, who immigrated to Canada from Greece in 1962 and spent his working life employed in restaurants in Calgary and Vancouver.

“So when I get out from that hospital, I have no place to go.” . . .

Nicole Mucci, a communications manager for Union Gospel Mission, said the social services organization is noticing that people coming in to stay at their East Hastings Street shelter are increasingly older. Another trend is people being discharged from hospital and being sent to UGM’s shelter.

For many seniors, the path to homelessness starts with a period of being hospitalized. Like Collias, Steve Kirk was evicted while he was in hospital for several months in downtown Vancouver. After the 70-year-old was discharged, he spent the rest of his savings — around $7,000 — staying in a hotel while he looked for a new place. But when his money ran out, Kirk also ended up at UGM’s shelter.

Go here for the full story.

Fong Dickman: minister, editor

Rev. Fong Dickman, spouse Jane, and three of their children, about 1908. Anna is seated on her mother’s knee. Yucho Chow Studio, Vancouver

I appreciated this brief reflection in honour of Asian History Month on the Pacific Mountain Regional Council of the United Church of Canada website.

The Fong family is well-known in the early history of Chinese-Canadian communities in BC. Rev. Fong Dickman arrived in Vancouver from Nanaimo, to minister to the Chinese Methodist congregation in Chinatown, 1906.

That same year, Fong became founder and editor of Wa-Ying Yat-Po 华英 日报 (Chinese-English Daily Newspaper), Canada’s first Chinese daily newspaper (1906).

Another first: daughter Anna Lam (née Fong Dickman) became the first nurse of Chinese descent to be registered in B.C., 1929.

The PMRC Archives holds the Fong Dickman papers. Our description of those materials – our very first bilingual (English/Chinese) description – can be found on our online catalogue.

Pictured are Rev. Fong Dickman, spouse Jane, and three of their children, ca. 1908. Anna sits on her mother’s knee. Photography by Yucho Chow Studio, Vancouver, B.C.

Blair Galston,
PMRC Archives

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Nations2Nations Conference – June 3, 2022 - June 5, 2022 at 12:00 am
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Refugee Support and Volunteer Training – June 4, 2022 at 8:45 am - 3:00 pm
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City Impact Tour: Langley, Surrey & Abbotsford – June 7, 2022 at 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

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Krish Kandiah: Let Your Light Shine – Changing the Public Perception of the Christian Faith in Media & Politics – June 8, 2022 at 7:30 am - 9:00 am
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SIMinar: ECWA Hospital Egbe, Rural Medicine Revitalization Project – June 9, 2022 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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The Cleanest Day of the Year – June 11, 2022 at 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Artist Talk: Kate Miller at the Dal Schindell Gallery – June 13, 2022 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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Kate Miller: Kaleidoscope – June 16, 2022 at All Day
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Ron Rittgers: 'You Have Torn Away a Piece of My Heart': A Widower's Lament from the Christian Past – June 27, 2022 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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A Rocha Talks: Responding to the Groaning of Creation in a Changing Climate – June 30, 2022 at 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

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Revival Langley Conference – July 1, 2022 - July 3, 2022 at All Day
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Anton Dolfo-Smith: The Long Goodbye – July 4, 2022 - July 9, 2022 at 12:00 am
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The Growing Season: Book Launch Party – July 5, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Faculty Roundtable: Gender Dynamics in the New Testament – July 6, 2022 at 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
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