“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.

Continue reading

“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

http3a2f2fcdn-evbuc-com2fimages2f215207872f494837745722f12foriginal

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

Continue reading

“Chinatown Resident Saves Family Store, Launches Series on Changing Nabe”

May, 18, 2016 – DNA Info

extralarge

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.”

Continue reading

“为什么美国的华埠仍然重要”

2016-05-17  – 纽约时报

16-lens-chinatown-slide-eabi-jumbo

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。

Continue reading

“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.

Continue reading

“Pushing Hands: Tai Chi in Chinatown Draws Both Young and Old”

May, 28, 2016 – Hoodline

woman_doing_tai_chi_by_edwin_lee

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.

Continue reading

“Why Chinatown Still Matters”

May, 16, 2016 – The New York Times

16-lens-chinatown-slide-io3h-superjumbo-v2

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.

Continue reading

“Opinion: ‘This used to be Chinatown …'”

May, 12, 2016 – Vancouver Sun

VANCOUVER, BC., February 14, 2016 -- Participants in the 43rd Chinese New Year Parade through Chinatown in Vancouver, BC., February 14, 2016.  Thoudansd lined the streets to celebrate The Year of the Monkey in the Chinese Lunar calendar which began on Monday February 8th in 2016  (Nick Procaylo/PNG)   00041666A   [PNG Merlin Archive]
Participants in the Chinese New Year Parade through Chinatown in Vancouver. NICK PROCAYLO / PNG

I travel to cities around the world that have Chinatowns — San Francisco, Honolulu, Brisbane, Yokohama, even Amsterdam. I visit because of my research as a historian, but I also have a personal interest. When I was small, my grandfather used to walk me to Chinatown from our house near Commercial Drive. My four-year old legs would get tired and so he would always carry me the last few blocks. I loved the way the elderly men and women in the cafés would greet us, giving me candy and teasing my grandfather about how lucky he was to have a grandchild. We called them the “lo wah kiu” — the old-timers. My grandfather was one of them. He came to Vancouver as a teen in 1923, just before Chinese were excluded by Canada. He paid the Head Tax and spent his life working in B.C., retiring as a cook on an Alaskan cruise ship. Many of these elders, after long years of toil, gathered in Chinatown to eat and talk and joke with each other as they lived out their days.

Continue reading