華裔加拿大人博物館 Chinese Canadian Museum

唐人街關注組初步立場和意見:關於華裔加拿大人博物館之計劃
首先,我們鳴謝我們是在 xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (瑪斯昆)、Sḵwx̱wú7mesh
(史戈米殊) 和 səl̓ílwətaʔɬ(塔斯里爾-沃特斯) 這些西岸原住民族傳統和
為割讓的領土上。

目前,華埠持續面臨著貴族化的影響而產生越多居民和廉價商店被逼
遷使增加遊民數 量。 記念反華歧視的歷史和慶祝華裔移民的精神為
之重要,所以我們也感謝省政府和市政府對華裔在加拿大歷史的重
視。 雖然與此,我們也需要承認反華歧視之問題至今仍存在,並大大
影響依賴唐人 街生存的居民。有鑑於此,唐人街關注組對在華埠建立
華裔加拿大人博物館的計劃持有以下觀點:

一、目前還有更多關於計劃的細節我們還不知道,所以我們現在只能
表態一個初步的立場。當有更多資料關於這個計劃時,我們要求收到
通知。我們也要求整個諮詢和抉擇過程要有一定的透明度。

二、華裔加拿大人博物館如果成立,必須為唐人街的平民服務,例如
提供免費的公共空間和免費入場。博物館需要展示華人,尤其是華裔
平民的移民和生活歷史,以及我們與原住民和其他族裔之間的團結歷
史。如此,博物館的工作小組和未來關於博物館的董事會需要有平民
代表(包括我們關注組的代表)並確保工作過程有高度的透明度。

三、我們認為華裔加拿大人博物館無法解決流離失所和無家可歸的問
題。我們要求市府和省政府認真對待這些問題,並充分利用可用資金
解決這些問題,包括優先廉價房屋、停止在華埠的高價樓和加强租金
控制等政策。

唐人街關注組
info@chinatownconcerngroup.ca
2018年11月29日


Chinatown Concern Group‘s Initial Position and Statement on Chinese Canadian Museum

First, we acknowledge that we are on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the
xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations.

Currently Chinatown faces continuing gentrification that displaces people from their homes, creating more and more homelessness, and pushes out retail stores selling affordable goods. Remembering the history of anti-Chinese racism and celebrating the resiliency and lives of Chinese immigrants are very important and so we thank the Government of British Columbia and the City of Vancouver for valuing the history of Chinese people living in Canada. At the same time, we also need to acknowledge that these issues continues today and are affecting people who live and depend on  Chinatown for their survival. With that being said, Chinatown Concern Group holds the following views on the plan to build a Chinese Canadian Museum in Chinatown:

1. Presently, there are still a lot of details on the project that we do not know about, so this is only our initial position and statement. We ask that we be given more information on this project as it develops. The entire consultation and decision-making process for this project also must be transparent.

2. The Chinese Canadian Museum, if built, has to serve the benefit of working class people in Chinatown, such as providing more free public culturally appropriate space for intergenerational use and free admission. The museum also needs to show the history of Chinese immigrants’ resilience and lives as well as the historical solidarity we have between Indigenous people and other peoples of color. The working group for this project as well as the future governance board of the Museum must also have representation from the working class, including representation from Chinatown Concern Group to ensure the work has a high level of transparency.

3. Ultimately, the Chinese Canadian Museum does not address the pressing and ongoing issues of displacement and homelessness. We demand the City and the Province to take these issues seriously and adequately use funds available to address these issues, including.prioritizing low-income housing before the approval of any future market housing in Chinatown, strengthening rent control, and other related policies to end displacement and homelessness.

唐人街關注組 Chinatown Concern Group
info@chinatownconcerngroup.ca
November 29, 2018