Ot­ter vs. koi de­bate re­veals ‘cul­tural blind­ness’ at heart of Van­cou­ver his­tory

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When Kevin Huang was born, his par­ents flew a blue koishaped kite above their fam­ily home in Tai­wan to cel­e­brate his en­try into the world, just as they’d flown a red-pink kite above the home fol­low­ing the birth of his sis­ter. As a child, Huang’s grand­par­ents had a koi pond in their back- yard, which held his child­hood fas­ci­na­tion. As the dram­a­be­tween a way­ward ot­ter and the pop­u­la­tion of beloved koi fish at Van­cou­ver’s Dr. Sun Yat-sen Clas­si­cal Chi­nese Gar­den played out over

Two of the fa­mous koi fish in the pond at the Dr. Sun Yat-sen gar­den.

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