“Challenges for Chinatown”

June, 10, 2016 – CBC On the Coast (Audio: 53:04 – 1:05:33)

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“Vancouver developers and community activists debate Chinatown’s future”

June, 14, 2016 – The Globe and Mail

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The lot near the corner of Keefer and Quebec streets is no historic gem. Once the site of a garage, it is now covered with gravel and a smattering of parked cars.

But it has turned into a Waterloo for Vancouver’s Chinatown, with a wide range of groups viewing whatever is built there as the indicator species for the future of this small historic neighbourhood.

At the heart of the debate are these questions: Are some buildings just too big for Chinatown? And what will do more to improve this beleaguered area, which has been losing businesses and vitality since the 1970s – more social housing for the poor or more market condos to attract the middle class?

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“How to keep Chinatown alive: Edmonton conference looks at big-city success stories”

June, 11, 2016 – Edmonton Journal (Video + Article)

Edmonton hosts conference on future of big city Chinatowns

Dr. Donald Yung wears a T-shirt declaring his love of Calgary’s Chinatown at a Saturday conference in Edmonton looking at the future of Chinatowns in big cities. SHAUGHN BUTTS / POSTMEDIA

Lan Chan-Marples thinks Edmonton’s Chinatown can learn some lessons from Chicago.

More than 100 years ago, before the term “gentrification” existed, residents of the Illinois city’s Chinatown were displaced thanks to rising property values.

The neighbourhood relocated, but after a few decades, an interstate highway roared through and residents lost their only recreational facility.

The community spent the next 50 years trying to recover.

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Media Coverage: Urban Design Panel Meeting on 105 Keefer St.

June, 1, 2016:

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Roundhouse Radio – Rezoning Opposition says adding a cultural centre to Chinatown “isn’t enough.”

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A rezoning application for 105 Keefer Street is being disputed by a group called the ChinaTown Concern Group.

Organizer King Mong Chan says the plan to build a cultural center is just not enough.

“The cultural space that they are offering now is only 1000 feet, next to the alleyway and it’s only for a 10 year rental agreement. We don’t think that this development is appropriate for that site and something better for the community should be at that site instead.”

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“Chinatown Advocates Demand Community Board Action on Push to Limit Building Heights”

May, 25, 2016 – Bedford and Bowery
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You gotta give it to the Coalition to Protect Chinatown and their friends–they are persistent AF, despite long odds. In their eight-year quest to pass the Chinatown Working Group rezoning proposal, a plan that would create a new special district with more height restrictions and protections to fend off sky-high luxury towers, they’ve kept up a steady stream of rallies against new developments,marches in support of tenants, held town halls (trying to invite the mayor), and even hand-delivered a “gift” to Gracie Mansion.

Last night members of both the Coalition and the Chinatown Working Group used another tactic, turning up the pressure on Community Board 3, questioning the board’s commitment to the proposal and asking them to take a stronger stand in support of it. With more humungous new construction plans along the waterfront seemingly announced every week recently (the list includes Extell’s 80-story One Manhattan Square, a 77-story JDS/Two Bridges Neighborhood Council collab, and L+M’s two 50-story twin towers), many community activists feel like they are missing the window to get more protections to slow the pace of development–the area is not covered by Mayor de Blasio’smandatory inclusionary housing policy until it gets rezoned, and since there are no height restrictions in place anyway, there is little incentive for developers to make concessions to the community when the build.

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“Space is the place: The history of Philadelphia’s Chinatown”

May, 17, 2016 – News Works

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Despite encroachments by big development projects such as the Vine Street Expressway and the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia’s Chinatown has maintained a sense of history and community for more than a century.

But it occupies a tightly confined space in Center City, which has forced new immigrants to settle elsewhere in the region.

“Even if people aren’t settling directly in Chinatown, it’s still the heart — the cultural heart and the symbolic heart — of the community,” said historian Kathryn Wilson. She gained an intimate knowledge of the Chinatown community during her years with the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

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"唐人街公寓開發計劃受阻"

2016-05-26 – 大紀元

【大紀元2016年05月26日訊】 (記者魏思明溫哥華編譯報導)大溫地產開發商Beedie集團位於溫哥華唐人街的高層公寓開發計劃日前再度遭到試圖保留唐人街文化的社團反對。

該集團計劃在位於唐人街Keefer街105號的停車場興建一棟13層的商住混合式大廈,該大廈包括119套公寓和25套老年人專用的社會福利房。並於5月中旬舉辦了第3期公眾諮詢會。

據CBC報導,反對這一開發計劃的華埠行動小組(Chinatown Action Group)認為更新後的開發計劃仍不能滿足社區的需求。該組織發言人Sophie Fung說,對華裔加拿大人和溫哥華人來說,這一地區具有重要的文化意義,這就是為甚麼她和其他的組織呼籲叫停該地區所有商業大廈的開發計劃。華埠行動小組要求將該地點百分百用於社會福利房的建設。

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“为什么美国的华埠仍然重要”

2016-05-17  – 纽约时报

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迪恩·王(Dean Wong,音)1982年的一张精彩照片虽然是自拍,但却看不到他的面孔。照片拍摄于西雅图华埠,片中他戴着光可鉴人的金属头盔,镜头聚焦在头盔后面反射出的一群住在附近的居民。这是一种隐喻:正是这些人与这个故乡的社区塑造了王先生,他们令他着迷。

这张照片收录在王先生的新书《看见光明:华埠40年》(Seeing the Light: Four Decades in Chinatown,Chin Music出版社)中。它聚焦西雅图,不过也收入了旧金山、纽约和不列颠哥伦比亚省温哥华的照片。照片配有简短的轶事散文。几十年来,主流文化对华人社区的描述充满偏见,极为单一,仿佛它只是充满异国情调、与外界隔绝而又无关紧要,人们只在这里订快餐,或是在春节时对这里丰富多彩的各种仪式表示一下惊叹,这本书堪称一种有力的反拨。尽管外界对华埠有着顽固的刻板印象,认为它只是一个充满活力与异域风情的地方,这些照片提醒我们,华埠还承担着重要的社会功能,它是新移民的门户与家园;是艺术、历史与传统的守护者;亦是华裔免于歧视的庇护所。为了做到这一点,王先生不是靠精美的图文,而是细致入微地记录日常生活中的仪式,关注那些被主流媒体忽略的人们平凡或不平凡的私人故事。

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“Edmonton conference asks how to save North America’s Chinatowns”

May 28, 2016 – Edmonton Sun

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Chinatowns across North America started as gateways for immigrants and turned into thriving hubs for Asian food and culture.

But with rising rents, gentrification, declining resident populations and competition from suburban amenities, the future of many Chinatowns is looking increasingly uncertain.

An international conference coming to Edmonton will ask how to save North America’s Chinatowns.

“Our over-arching question is, ‘Will there be any Chinatowns in the future?” said conference organizer Lan Chan.

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