By Alex Migdal, on February 12th, 2018
Vancouver’s Chinatown has become a flash point in recent years over worries of creeping gentrification.
But Shon Wong, a born-and-raised Vancouverite, is optimistic about a community his family has called home for decades.
“Something’s coming,” Wong said on CBC’s North by Northwest. “I like that energy of something being harvested there.”
Chinese-Canadian youth have publicly lamented the loss of legacy businesses in Chinatown and were credited as influencing the city’s decision to reject a recent contentious development.
But on his new four-track EP, Wong, who goes by Son of James, focuses instead on the neighbourhood’s bustling character.
Dragons in the Sky recounts the “hell of a day” Wong had in Chinatown, in a style that blends Chinese Opera and classic rock.