It is my great pleasure to introduce to you the newest edition of Curious Quarterly, Pacific Worlds.
Pacific Worlds encompasses all life touched by the Pacific Ocean: those who live in the quiet depths of its waters, and those who live on its ever-changing shores.
I came to the Royal BC Museum and to Curious from my studies in digital publishing at the Master of Publishing program at Simon Fraser University (aptly named after an explorer who knew the value of the Pacific). I am interested in the variety of forms digital publications take, and how audiences receive these various forms.
I have studied organizations that are presenting quality content to their readers in fresh, thoughtful mediums. In today’s digital publishing landscape these mediums are diverse and abundant, to reach diverse and abundant audiences. Curious Quarterly is one such publication.
The mechanical engineer and all-around “Science Guy”, Bill Nye, once said “Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.”1 (This has been completely true for me during my time at the Royal BC Museum, but that is in part due to the sheer number of world-renowned experts in the building.) Continuing on Nye’s point, I think everything you will ever learn will present you with new, undiscovered topics. Knowledge will only ever point you to discovering and learning more.
In this issue there are a number of connected themes under the umbrella of Pacific Worlds: Discover new species and rediscover places you thought you knew. Chinese merchants in Vancouver in the late 19th century may lead you to similar companies existing 80 years later. British Columbia’s distinction abroad may point you to reconsider what home means to you. And all the while you can follow the journey of a lifetime aboard the The Empress of Canada.
Countless stories have played out over, under and around the Pacific Ocean. We have only scratched the surface with this small collection of stories. If we’ve done our job right, this collection will lead you to a much deeper understanding of these Pacific worlds and be the first step on a journey to discover and learn more about the world of the Pacific.