“The Province of British Columbia and the City of Vancouver are working together to have Vancouver’s Chinatown designated a United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage site. As part of this, the Province and the City have also committed to establishing a Chinese Canadian Museum.” (See the government’s website here)
Based on our current understanding of this project, this is our present initial position (as of Nov. 29, 2018):
”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:
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
CHINATOWN — Shortly after Chinatown resident Mei Lum succeeded in saving the 90-year-old antique shop that has been in her family for four generations, she decided to take it a step further by launching a community engagement initiative to chat with other local businesses about staying afloat and relevant in the ever-evolving neighborhood.
Lum, now the executive director of Wing on Wo & Co at 26 Mott St., on May 19 will kick off a summer-spanning series of conversations and workshops about changing Chinatown, beginning with a panel discussion with local businesses owners called “The (Re) Generation of Chinatown.”
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。
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.
Visit Chinatown in the early morning, and you’ll may come across Chinese elders stepping through the graceful and deliberate movements of tai chi in Portsmouth Square or Washington Square Park. But despite its reputation as a popular activity for the elderly, this Chinese martial art is enjoyed by both young and old folks alike.
Originating in traditional Taoist and Confucian philosophies, the internal martial art of tai chi today includes five schools based on variations of a parent style founded in Chen Village in China’s Henan Province in the 17th century.
There is one thing we do not see in a compelling 1982 self-portrait by Dean Wong: his face. Taken in Seattle’s Chinatown, the photograph zeroes in on the back of a metal helmet, polished to a mirrorlike finish. In it is reflected a crowd of neighborhood residents — a metaphor for the people and hometown community that have shaped and fascinated Mr. Wong.
The image appears in Mr. Wong’s new book, “Seeing the Light: Four Decades in Chinatown” (Chin Music Press), which centers on Seattle but includes images from other cities, including San Francisco, New York and Vancouver, British Columbia. Juxtaposing photographs with short, anecdotal essays, the book serves as a powerful corrective to decades of one-dimensional and blinkered reporting on neighborhoods generally represented in the cultural mainstream as exotic, insular or irrelevant, as places to order a quick meal or marvel at the colorful rituals of the Chinese New Year.