Residents launch bold new vision for Chinatown

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Chinatown residents speak on issues they face in the neighbourhood at People’s Vision launch on July 16, 2017 at nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Library. Photo credit: Sid Chow Tan.

Angered by the City’s failed gentrification policies and 105 Keefer, residents take action

(Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish Territories, July 17, 2017) – Yesterday, July 16, 2017, Chinatown Concern Group (CCG) and Chinatown Action Group (CAG) launched an better vision for Chinatown called the ‘People’s Vision.’ The vision document is a response to failed City policies, such as the Chinatown Economic Revitalization Action Plan (CRAP), that continue to gentrify the neighbourhood and displace low-income residents.

In September, Vancouver City Council will consider the CRAP, a new zoning plan for Chinatown that will let developers build more expensive condos up to 90 feet tall in Chinatown without including any social housing. If it passes, more gentrifying projects like 105 Keefer will take over Chinatown and inevitably raise rents and the cost of living for low-income residents.

Instead, the community is proposing the People’s Vision for Chinatown, a strategy for the social and economic development of the community. From 2015 to 2017, 500 Chinatown residents, businesses, and community members shared their vision of the community through surveys, interviews, and facilitated “tea time” discussions. The top issues community members are concerned with are: increased cost of living, unaffordable housing, social isolation, safety, political marginalization, and racism.

The People’s Vision proposes bold solutions to tackle these issues. For example, they would like to see new, purpose built rental housing for working-class families and independent seniors.

The two organizations have created a petition calling on City Council to cut the CRAP, put a pause on new market-rate developments in Chinatown until the number of social housing units match, and ensure 50% of all new residential housing to be social housing at welfare and pension rates. Click here to sign the petition.

Read the report by visiting chinatownaction.org or download the PDF by clicking here.

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Chinatown Action Group is a collective of people of Chinese descent fighting for social justice in Chinatown and building a progressive left voice within the Chinese community.

Chinatown Concern Group is an organization of Chinese residents in Chinatown and the Downtown Eastside working to address neighbourhood issues. CCG is supported by the Carnegie Community Centre Association.

Media Release: Unpopular Chinatown Tower Draws Ire of Thousands

2430 Petition Signers Demand Social Housing and Community Space Instead

(Unceded Coast Salish Territories – May 23, 2017) On Tuesday, May 23rd, Chinatown Concern Group and Chinatown residents will deliver a petition with 2430 signers directly to Mayor Gregor at Vancouver City Hall demanding protection of low-income residents, not corporate developer profits. Just in the past week over a thousand people have signed the petition in anticipation of the Public Hearing on May 23rd.

The petition, which is hosted on Leadnow.ca’s advocacy website, reads:

“Protect the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown by:

  1. Rejecting Beedie’s 105 Keefer Rezoning Application and
  2. Acquiring the 105 Keefer St. site and
  3. Developing the site to meet community’s needs, including low-income seniors housing and an intergenerational community space!”

One petition signer noted: “Protecting communities is important. Communities make us human in a way that sterile, impersonal towers don’t. People must come before profits.”

Another petition signer is concerned about the housing crisis in Vancouver and B.C.: “At a time when this province and city desperately need an increase in affordable housing, we need to stop this luxury development!”

To visit the petition page online, click here.

WHAT: Chinatown residents will deliver a petition with 2430 signatures demanding Mayor Gregor reject of 105 Keefer St. Rezoning Application at the Public Hearing and protect low-income residents, not developer profits.
WHEN: Tuesday, May 23rd, 5 PM Press Conference (City Hall – South Entrance),
6 PM Public Hearing (Council Chambers)
WHERE: Vancouver City Hall – 453 W. 12th Ave, Vancouver, BC
WHO: Chinatown Concern Group is a group of Chinese residents organizing to ensure Chinatown is thriving, livable and affordable.
VISUALS: A box of petitions and 100 residents, seniors, and community members with colourful signs, noisemakers, and a large banner, chanting and speaking on the steps of Vancouver City Hall.
CONTACT: 何盈欣 Beverly Ho, Chinatown Concern Group organizer, cell: 778-321-7027, email: info@chinatownconcerngroup.ca

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Media Advisory: Low-Income Residents: Mayor Gregor, Protect the Heart of Chinatown!

LOW-INCOME RESIDENTS: MAYOR GREGOR, PROTECT THE HEART OF CHINATOWN!
Hundreds Demand Rejection of 105 Keefer St. Luxury Condos at Public Hearing

(Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish Territories – May 16, 2017) On Tuesday, May 23rd, residents, organizations, and community members will descend on Vancouver City Hall to demand that Mayor Gregor protect low-income residents and the heart of Chinatown, not corporate developer profits.

After four revisions and over two years of consultations and mobilizations, Chinatown Concern Group, Chinatown Action Group, and other youth organizations won small concessions from the 105 Keefer St. project: 25 senior units, temporary space for a private seniors’ organization, and a 23% reduction in market units (137 to 106 units).

Still, the project threatens to displace Chinatown’s predominantly low-income community. 106 market units will dramatically increase rents in the neighbourhood and the token 25 senior units are likely to be still out of reach for low-income tenants. Instead, Chinatown Concern Group is calling for 100% welfare-pension rate social housing and public and permanent cultural community space.

Beverly Ho, Chinatown Concern Group Organizer: “New luxury condos are going up at breakneck speeds in Chinatown while residents living on a knife’s edge of affordability are being pushed out. Mayor Gregor has the responsibility to protect the heart of Chinatown and ensure Chinatown is thriving and affordable. Our ask is simple: reject Beedie’s 105 Keefer Rezoning Application.”

WHAT: Community members will speak at the 105 Keefer St. Rezoning Public Hearing to demand Mayor Gregor protect the heart of Chinatown, not developer profits.
WHEN: Tuesday, May 23rd, 5 PM Press Conference (City Hall – South Entrance),
6 PM Public Hearing (Council Chambers)
WHERE: Vancouver City Hall – 453 W. 12th Ave, Vancouver, BC
WHO: Chinatown Concern Group is a group of Chinese residents of organizing to ensure Chinatown is thriving, livable and affordable. Chinatown residents will also be available to speak to media at a rally and festival the day before on May 22 at 1 pm at Chinatown Memorial Square (at Keefer St. and Columbia St.).
VISUALS: 100 residents, seniors, and community members with colourful signs, noisemakers, and a large banner, chanting and speaking on the steps of Vancouver City Hall.
CONTACT: 何盈欣 Beverly Ho, Chinatown Concern Group, Cell: 778-321-7027

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“楊海城粵劇藝術藏品展 Exhibition of Hoi Seng Ieong’s Cantonese Opera Arts Collection”

大溫哥華中華文化中心 Chinese Cultural Centre

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開幕禮:2016年6月25日(星期六)下午二時
展覽日期:2016年6月21 日至7月3日
周二至周六上午9:30至下午5:30開放。免費參觀,隨緣樂助。
地址:中華文化中心文物館,溫哥華哥倫比亞街555號
查詢:(604) 658-8880

Opening reception: Saturday June 25, 2016 2:00pm
Exhibition dates: June 21 – July 3, 2016
Tuesday – Sunday 9:30am – 5:30pm
Closed on Mondays. Admission by donation.
Chinese Cultural Centre Museum, 555 Columbia Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6A 4H5 Canada
Inquiries: (604) 658-8880

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“大溫華人藝術家邀請展Chinese-Canadian Artists Invitational Exhibition”

大溫哥華中華文化中心 Chinese Cultural Centre

大溫哥華中華文化中心在各界人士的支持下已經進入第四十三個年頭,歷年舉辦各類文化活動,增進中西文化交流。現舉辦第二屆【大溫華人藝術家邀請展】,邀請本地優秀華人藝術家展出其作品。在肯定藝術家成就的同時,亦幫助提升大眾的觀賞能力。本次活動得到卑詩省多元文化撥款並參加 explorASIAN festival (溫哥華亞裔文化月)。

In an attempt to bring together the artworks of Greater Vancouver’s renowned Chinese-Canadian artists, the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver organizes the second Chinese-Canadian Artists Invitational Exhibition. The purpose is to provide the public an opportunity to enjoy the artworks and to promote art by Chinese-Canadians. The exhibition received support from the B.C. government’s Multiculturalism Grant and is participating in the 2016 explorASIAN festival.

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“星期一行動 ACTION on MONDAY! 捍衛唐人街街頭聯歡會 SAVE CHINATOWN Block Party!”

反對在奇化街105號建市價房屋高樓! No Market-Housing Tower at 105 Keefer St!

捍衛唐人街街頭聯歡會(另類開放日):星期一5月16日,下午4:00至7:00 ,中華文化中心中間空地。SAVE CHINATOWN Block Party (an Alternative Open House): Monday May 16th from 4-7pm, Chinese Cultural Centre – courtyard – 50 E Pender Street

20160516 Stop to Chinatown Development - Leaflet (Chinese)

20160516 Seniors Live Here - Leaflet (English)

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“我們的家園不能等待”運動: 繪畫行動! Our Homes Can’t Wait: Paint-in!

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時間:週六,5月21日,上午11點到下午2點
地點:58 號西喜士定街(58 W Hastings St. Vancouver(“海陸空”對面)
活動:多個組織及團體演講講員,音樂,以及共同參與在牆壁上以文字,圖畫等形式表達社區對可負擔房源的訴求。有少量免費食物供應

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“Traditional Chinese Ceremony of Coming of Age 中華傳統成人禮”

大溫哥華中華文化中心 Chinese Cultural Centre

2016年5月15日下午1:30至3:30,大溫哥華中華文化中心將再次與溫哥華漢服學社聯合舉辦中華傳統禮儀活動「加冠禮」、「及笄禮」,亦即「成人禮」,給年輕人一個體驗傳統禮儀的機會。免費開放,隨緣捐助。

舉辦此「成人禮」儀式的目的是幫助大家了解中華傳統禮儀,在觀眾的參與下完整地重現此項禮儀,每位參加禮儀的年輕人在溫哥華漢服學社成員幫助下,將換三套漢服進行禮儀,同時整個儀式和過程將幫助參與「冠禮」、「及笄禮」的年輕人重視人生,報答父母養育之恩,從此翻開人生的嶄新篇章,踏上更美好的人生道路。現場有傳統禮樂伴奏。整套禮儀用中、英雙語進行。

時間:2016年5月15日下午1:30至3:30
地址:大溫哥華中華文化中心文物館,溫哥華哥倫比亞街555號
查詢: 604.658.8880 museum@cccvan.com www.cccvan.com,vanhanfu.wordpress.comexplorasian.org

Taking place on the 15th of May, 2016, at 1:30pm pm at the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver Museum, the Chinese Cultural Centre and Vancouver Hanfu Culture Society will once again host the traditional Chinese Ceremony of Coming of Age. The ceremony will be accompanied by traditional Chinese music, and will be conducted in both English and Chinese Mandarin. Admission by donation.

The purpose of this event is for the audience to see and experience this unique ceremonial ritual. For the participants, it is an opportunity to experience the ancient “coming-of-age” ceremony, celebrate the beginning of adulthood, while thanking their parents for their lifelong care. Each participant will change into three different sets of traditional Chinese hanfu during the ceremony, and will be mentored by a Hanfu Society member throughout the event proceedings.

Date and time: May 15th, 2016, 1:30 – 3:00pm
Address: Chinese Cultural Centre Museum, 555 Columbia St. Vancouver, BC V6A 4H5
Inquiries: 604.658.8880 museum@cccvan.com www.cccvan.com,vanhanfu.wordpress.comexplorasian.org