Desperate Times in Vancouver

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Asian Woman Digging in Trash Can, Vancouver Chinatown, Canada

Asian Woman Digging in Trash Can, Vancouver Chinatown, Canada

As mentioned in the blog post about Stanley Park Totem Poles, there is a big homeless problem in Vancouver. The difference at least from what I have seen is that digging in trash cans and drug trade happens much more in the open here than in the big cities I have been to in the U.S. Right before I shot this photo, I saw this ordinary-looking Asian woman walking toward me from the corner of my eye and proceeded to dive head-first into the trash right in the middle of the crowded public street market. Having lived in downtown San Francisco, I have seen a lot of homeless but to see someone like this digging in the trash was quite a surprise to me.

A bit later, I saw a man and a woman walk right past me from the street into an alley to stand next to a garbage dumpster making a drug transaction. When a biker started to come down the alley from the other street, the pair quickly dispersed.

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