šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square

North of the Vancouver Art Gallery

Dragon Sea

Kristina Luu

Vietnamese Canadian

Ha Long Bay, also known as Vịnh Hạ Long, is a world UNESCO site and one of the many natural marvels of Vietnam. The name translates to “Dragon Landing Bay”. Local legend says that a dragon descended in this bay and protected the Vietnamese people from invaders from across the ocean. 

In the blue sky, a whisper of a dragon’s tail curls around the women in the basket boat, called thuyền thúng, and flows into the ocean below. Here, the dragons swarm the currents like the bounty of the sea, mimicking a school of colourful fish. The existence of dragons is more than just myth, after all, as they live on in the land itself.

Kristina Luu (she/they) is a Vietnamese Canadian cartoonist and illustrator from Richmond, BC. She loves making colourful worlds and stories full of diverse characters and little moments of magic and joy. She illustrates graphic novels, most notably the ‘Besties’ series, and creates indie comics and anthologies under ‘Fruit Salad Comics’. When she isn’t drawing, she can be found haunting bookstores and collecting various worm-shaped trinkets.

The Lantern City is grateful to be held on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam Indian Band), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish Nation), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation). We acknowledge our privilege to be gathered on this land, and commit to work with and be respectful to the Indigenous peoples whose arts and stories inspire us to bring communities together.