Yu-Han Linda Chen –
Yu-Han is an educator and community connector who immigrated to Canada from Taiwan with her family when she was 12 years old. She currently teaches Mandarin and ELL (English Language Learning) at a secondary school on the unceded land of the Coast Salish people. She also worked for 5 years as a Youth Settlement Worker at the Neighbourhood Houses in Vancouver to support the integration of newcomer youth. In all her works, Yu-Han is dedicated to supporting young people to speak up and to stay connected with their cultural roots and languages. Yu-Han is the founder of Little Lantern Cultural and Heritage Society (http://LittleLantern.org), a grassroots non-profit engaging high-school youth, especially youth identified with diverse Hua-Chinese heritages, to build bridges with peers and all community members. Yu-Han is passionate in creating an inclusive multilingual space for young people to explore their cultural belongings and personal identities. Yu-Han has joined Fresh Voices in 2014 as an adult ally to the YAT (Youth Advisory Team), and began serving as a Board of Director in 2019
26.5% of British Columbians’ “mother tongue” is a non-official language, followed by Ontario (25.7%), Alberta (19.4%), and Quebec (12.3%). British Columbia has the highest percentage of language diversity of any Canadian province.