Finn Slough, Richmond, Canada. March, 2014 ©Daisy Yang

A group of early Finnish emigrants settled near the mouth of the Fraser River back in the early 1900s, where it is now known as Finn Slough. They sustained themselves with salmon fishing and farming. The small area remains largely unchanged for about 100 years, however, only 3 families with Finnish heritage remain. Finn Slough, Richmond, BC, Canda. March, 2014 ©Daisy Yang

Alfredo Perez is a Vietnam vet., ex-con, Buddhist, martial artist, Cuban American homeless man and a very very dear friend of mine who taught me so much about life in the summer of 2012. I’m forever grateful. From part of my project: Soul Salvager while attending the NYU human rights and photography program. NYC, 2012 ©Daisy Yang Alfredo Perez is a Vietnam vet., ex-con, Buddhist, martial artist, Cuban American homeless man and a very very dear friend of mine who taught me so much about life in the summer of 2012. I’m forever grateful. From part of my project: Soul Salvager while attending the NYU human rights and photography program. NYC, 2012 ©Daisy Yang Alfredo Perez is a Vietnam vet., ex-con, Buddhist, martial artist, Cuban American homeless man and a very very dear friend of mine who taught me so much about life in the summer of 2012. I’m forever grateful. From part of my project: Soul Salvager while attending the NYU human rights and photography program. NYC, 2012 ©Daisy Yang Alfredo Perez is a Vietnam vet., ex-con, Buddhist, martial artist, Cuban American homeless man and a very very dear friend of mine who taught me so much about life in the summer of 2012. I’m forever grateful. From part of my project: Soul Salvager while attending the NYU human rights and photography program. NYC, 2012 ©Daisy Yang

Alfredo Perez is a Vietnam vet., ex-con, Buddhist, martial artist, Cuban American homeless man and a very very dear friend of mine who taught me so much about life in the summer of 2012. I’m forever grateful. From part of my project: Soul Salvager while attending the NYU human rights and photography program. NYC, 2012 ©Daisy Yang

Found this little guy and the little dude behind him in the archive today. From all the way back on Remembrance Day in Nov. 2012. ©Daisy Yang

Days in an office. Vancouver, BC. Oct. 2013 ©Daisy Yang

Steveston, BC. Nov. 2013 ©Daisy Yang

WAG, aka Wahsington Grill. One of the historical landmarks on White Rock Beach. Nov. 2013 ©Daisy Yang

White Rock Beach restroom, closed for the season. Nov. 2013 ©Daisy Yang

Happy New Year everyone. Here’s to better and stronger work in 2014. May all of your hopes and aspiration come true. White Rock, BC Dec. 2012. ©Daisy Yang

Last post of the year. Thanks to all who have paid attention to my work so far, it’s been a fun journey. Farewell 2013, you’ve been swell.  White Rock, Canada Dec. 2012 ©Daisy Yang

Busing to the Taoyuan International Airport to fly back to Canada. End of trip 2013. ©Daisy Yang

Face threading. Raohe Street Night Market. Taipei. May, 2013 ©Daisy Yang

Chinese tourists. Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan. May 2013 ©Daisy Yang

This poor stray was probably on its last leg when the photo was taken earlier this year.  Dragging its long dirty clumped hair covering its body, it looked more like a living mop. Quietly limping towards the man in the back with a truck, perhaps trying to get some loving attention as it once did, only to meet with heavy beating and cursing. Without even making a sound, it slowly crawled back to this concrete block, even more injured than it was, and again, these two men in the foreground started to attack it. Knowing that I couldn’t stop them since there was a mob of men cheering them on in the surrounding area, I took photographs to record the abuse. The men quickly stopped knowing that they were being photographed but also diverted their attention towards me.  As I walked away quickly to avoid any real trouble, I felt horrible that I couldn’t have done more.  I traveled to many places around the world and have yet to witness such horrendous act of public animal abuse. These men’s action is absolutely disgusting and needs to be stopped. Taiwan has long to be known as one of the worst nations as pet owners, since many didn’t consider the amount of responsibilities of owning a life, and viewed their pets more as merchandise and accessories at the point of purchase. Knowing the problem, the government has yet to come up with a viable solution. I hope this poor soul was rescued soon after the photo was taken, however, its chances of survival were slim, and was likely to be put down right away if found by the authority.  No soul should ever have to experience cruelty like this.  Qing Nian (Youth) Park, Taipei, Taiwan May, 2013 ©Daisy Yang 

Hide and seek. Taipei Botanical Garden. 2013 ©Daisy Yang