“華社10 堂所維修 共獲49.6萬撥款 溫市府最後一批等額補貼”

2016-04-29 – 明報

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【明報專訊】溫市政府第三度推出華社建築等額補貼計劃(Chinese Society Building Matching Program),將計劃餘款即49.6萬元,以配對方式分配給華埠10間堂所,進行各項維修工程,保存傳統建築特色。提出撥款申請的10間堂所中,有4間是首次獲得資助,市議會將於下星期三的會議上就有關動議表決。

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

May, 12, 2016 – Vancouver Sun

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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.

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“Now and Then: Chinese Railroad Workers Memorial”

Apr. 28, 2016 – Torontoist (with videos)

Now and Then explores the stories beh ind Toronto’s historical plaques and monuments.

The Chinese Railroad Workers Memorial. Photo by Shaun Merritt from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

One man reaches up towards the large wooden log—big enough to crush him—and braces himself against the trestle. Another man stands high on top, directing the log with just a rope, pulling it up to build the next tie on a railroad. This scene would have been common across the country as workers built the Canadian Pacific railway from coast to coast in the 1800s. Now, these men, cast in bronze, stand near the Rogers Centre in Toronto, as a permanent reminder of the thousands of workers—many of them Chinese labourers, overworked and underpaid—who died building that railroad.

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“10 Chinatown societies to get $496,000 funding for renovation”

Apr. 29, 2016 – Ming Pao (translated)

Ten Vancouver Chinatown societies will receive funding totalling $496,000 under the City’s Chinese Society Building Matching Program to carry out renovation works that will help maintain the special characteristics of the historic buildings.

Four of the organizations are first-time applicants. The proposal will be decided at next Wednesday’s council meeting.

Four of the societies: Gee How Oak Tin Association, Zhongshan Lung Jen Benevolent Society, Hoy Yin Association and Yin Ping Benevolent Society of Canada are first-time applicants and they will share the grant of $140,000, while the remaining six will receive a total of $356,000.

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“Story of cities #38: Vancouver dumps its freeway plan for a more beautiful future”

May, 9, 2016 – The Guardian 

In the 1960s, Vancouver’s historic downtown was at risk of being razed for modern road projects – only for an extraordinary protest movement to turn the tide, helping transform it into one of North America’s most ‘liveable’ cities

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Vancouver’s proposed freeway would have separated the city, shown here in 1971, from its harbour waterfront. Photograph: Boris Spremo/Toronto Star via Getty Images

Half a century on, Shirley Chan can still picture the freeway that would have destroyed her old neighbourhood. “Three storeys high; eight or 10 lanes of traffic … you can imagine the dead zone along here,” she says, indicating with a sweep of her arm the swathe it would have cut through Chinatown and across Vancouver’s historic downtown east side.

In the 1960s, Chinatown was a vibrant, messy place. The sidewalks spilled over with fishmongers and fruit sellers. There were mom-and-pop grocery stores, benevolent societies, dim sum places, gambling parlours – even the alleyways had restaurants.

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“Plaque honours Jean Lumb”

Apr. 23, 2016 – Toronto Sun (with video)

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Arlene Chan was all smile on Saturday, when two Ontario Heritage Trust plaques were officially unveiled to honour her mother, Jean Lumb, the community activist who fought to preserve Toronto’s Chinatown decades ago.

“I think it’s so important because my mother was one of many of the early pioneer Chinese who really helped to turn around people’s perceptions about the Chinese in Toronto,” said a beaming Chan.

Her mother assisted in changing immigration laws and rallied to save Chinatown when it came under threat from construction of the new City Hall, she added.

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“保衛多倫多華埠先驅紀念牌揭幕”

2016-04-25 – 星島日報

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多倫多最早華埠舊址上周六(23日)舉行紀念牌匾揭幕儀式,安省文化遺產基金會(Ontario Heritage Trust)為第一位獲得加拿大國家勳章的華裔、華裔社區佼佼者林黃彩珍(Jean Lumb)設紀念牌匾,匾牌分為英文及中文,表彰及紀念林黃彩珍(1919-2002)對社區的積極參與及貢獻。
林黃彩珍在卑詩省出生,1935年移居多倫多。她積極參與社區義務工作,也成功發展水果及餐飲業務。在社區工作方面,努力不懈向聯邦政府游說取消歧視華裔的移民條例,最終獲接納及通過。她在社運及文化的貢獻,留下不可磨滅的印記給後人。

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【跨越絲綢之路】攝影展 Exhibition: Following the Silk Routes and Beyond in Vancouver 

大溫哥華中華文化中心 Chinese Cultural Centre 

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【跨越絲綢之路】攝影展

展览日期:2016年4月17日至5月31日
4月17日至30日: 周二至周日上午10时至下午5时开放
5月1日至31日: 周二至周日上午9:30至下午5:30开放
周一及节假日休息。
地址: 大温哥华中华文化中心文物馆,温哥华哥伦比亚街555号
查询: 604.658.8880 http://www.cccvan.com

Exhibition: Following the Silk Routes and Beyond in Vancouver – explorASIAN 2016

April 17 – May 31, 2016
April 17 – 30: Tuesday – Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm.
May 1 – 31: Tuesday – Sunday 9:30am – 5:30pm
Chinese Cultural Centre Museum, 555 Columbia Street Vancouver B.C. V6A 4H5
Closed on Mondays and Canadian Statutory Holidays.
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“Sawmills and Opera Houses: A Brief History of Block 14 and the Origins of Chinatown”

中山公園 Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden 

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By John Atkin

Exhibit: April 3 – May 26, 2016
Opening reception: April 2, 2016 | 1:00-3:00pm

Included with Garden admission
Free for Garden Members

There is a rich and complex layered history of significant cultural and historical activities on the site of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park, which are the origins of Vancouver’s Chinatown. Learn about the past muddy shoreline of False Creek that sat at the edge of Carrall Street and became the home of the Royal City Planing Mill in 1886, providing employment for many Chinese men who then settled nearby in bunkhouses built out over the creek.

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“Book Launch To Reveal Vintage Photos Of Chinatown’s Past”

Apr. 11, 2016 – Hoodline

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