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Suzanne Ma

Author & Startup Entrepreneur

Suzanne Ma is a journalist and startup entrepreneur.

Her stories have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, the Associated Press and Salon, among others.

Suzanne is co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Routific. She is also the author of Meet Me in Venice (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015), a book about the Chinese immigrant experience.
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More Startups Should Choose Vancouver

Some of Canada's biggest success stories show us that if you want to make it big, you've got to move south. Slack, the popular chat application for business teams, was originally founded in Victoria but is now headquartered in San Francisco, where access to capital has helped the company achieve explosive growth. So why-oh-why would anyone want to live and work in Vancouver?
07/20/2016 01:30 EDT
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Chinatown Belongs To All Of Us

I didn't grow up in Chinatown. Neither did my mother and father. My ancestors didn't come to North America to pan for gold or build the railroad. No one in my family paid a head tax. Chinatown was just a place we visited every weekend to stock up on supplies. Even still, this neighbourhood, this community, this place we call "Chinatown" has become very near and dear to my heart.
02/16/2015 05:54 EST

How I Hacked My Husband's Programming Addiction

There are worse things he could be addicted to. It could have been drugs, sex, porn, or the Candy Crush Saga. With my husband, who is a straight up sort of guy, it was computer science.
02/07/2014 12:38 EST
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The Racist Talent Show Judge Who Makes Simon Cowell Look Good

A somewhat awkward, bespectacled Chinese man by the name of Xiao Wang wandered onto the stage of Holland's Got Talent. The PhD student announced he would perform a rendition of "La donna è mobile" from Verdi's Rigoletto. And that's when Judge Cornelis Willem Heuckeroth, who goes by the nickname Gordon, cracked his first joke: "Which number are you singing? Number 39 with rice?"
11/23/2013 07:40 EST

The African Woman Changing Immigration in Italy

Just north of the city, I sat in a room full of frustrated immigrants who had gathered to listen to promises made by Cécile Kyenge, who just last week made history when she was appointed Italy's first black cabinet minister. In Italy, if you are a child of immigrant parents, you are considered extracomunitari, a "foreigner" before the law. But maybe not for long.
05/08/2013 12:13 EDT
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Islands Dispute Ignites Old Tensions Between Chinese, Japanese

When Japan's government purchased some of the Diaoyu Islands from their private Japanese owners in September, Beijing sent surveillance ships to challenge the move, igniting old tensions in a long simmering dispute. The tensions that exist between the two nations are not contained to diplomats and politicians, they reverberate among people in both countries and across a 40 million-strong diaspora. Here in Canada, many Chinese-Canadians are polite and speak only among themselves about such issues.
10/30/2012 02:10 EDT

A Tour Of The Deep Relationship Between B.C. Chinese Immigrants, First Nations

We visited forgotten places like an abandoned railway tunnel, a former gold mine where Chinese labourers once toiled, and an unmarked cemetery where Chinese pioneers were laid to rest. In the valley, I discovered how two histories intersected ― how some First Nations people nursed railway workers back to health when they were left to die along the tracks, how First Nations men had teamed up with Chinese labourers working in a Nanaimo coal mine to fight off white bullies, and how some labourers had children with First Nations women.
09/23/2012 12:24 EDT