Chinatown Concern Group‘s Initial Position and Statement on 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

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“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:

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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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“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


展覽日期:2016年6月21 日至7月3日
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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“Chinatown Resident Saves Family Store, Launches Series on Changing Nabe”

May, 18, 2016 – DNA Info


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.”

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2016-05-17  – 纽约时报


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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“Racism, real estate, and the lessons of history”

May, 18, 2016 – Vancouver Magazine


As Prime Minister Trudeau apologizes for a horrendous act of racism in the past, are we creating the conditions for more of them in the future?

On Saturday, September 7, 1907, my great-grandfather Kumazo Nagata was visiting Vancouver from the family homestead on Mayne Island. It was a hot night. He never told his daughter-in-law, my grandmother, why he was in Chinatown that evening, though she speculates it had to do with his fondness for games of chance. Kumazo didn’t know he’d be gambling with his life by night’s end.

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

May, 28, 2016 – Hoodline


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.

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