A-Yi

Housemates in East Vancouver forge a years-long bond with an elderly Chinese neighbour.
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A-Yi

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After years of partying and living together, the young residents of the "Whale House" in East Vancouver have learned their landlord is selling the property and they'll have to move out. But how do they tell A-Yi?

As long as they’ve lived in their shared home, A-Yi (Cantonese for Aunty) has been a fixture of their daily lives. The elderly Chinese woman started out looking for a spot to store her buggy and collectibles, but over the years she began to grow vegetables in their backyard and forged a strong bond with these housemates, despite no shared language.

Can the roommates overcome the language barrier to tell A-Yi that they are moving and that she will probably lose access to their space? And what will happen to her when they're gone?

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A-Yi

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