"Hot+Noisy" Chinatown Mahjong Social

The phrase 熱鬧 [Canto: yeet naau; Mando: re nao] literally translates as “hot and noisy” and is a measure of the liveliness of an atmosphere. We continue to host the Chinatown Mahjong Social to bring some “hot and noisy” back to the neighbourhood through public space activation.

The Social is in response to rapid changes observed in Chinatown over recent years, including large development projects, the end of the Chinatown Night Market that has left a noticeable void in the community, and the closing of mom-and-pop Chinese-speaking businesses and their replacement by high-end retail. The monthly format seeks to create continuity within a changing landscape, and a habit of visiting the area in pursuit of creating lived cultural experiences of Vancouver Chinatown.

 
Jeffery Chong poster

Jeffery Chong poster

2017 - FALL (OCT-NOV-DEC)

Indoor action!

 
Jodie Mak poster

Jodie Mak poster

2017 - SEPT - MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL

We welcomed the harvest full moon by sampling fruits customarily enjoyed at this time of the year (HELLO POMELOS), and got crafty making (non-edible) mini mooncakes with our mooncake molds to take home!

 
Poster: Jeffery Chong

Poster: Jeffery Chong

2017 - spring (march-april-may)

New Spring Series happens daytime indoors on the first Saturday of the month! Find us outside in the Chinatown Memorial Plaza (Keefer Triangle, Keefer & Columbia) if it's sunny :)  Just listen for the click-clack of mahjong tiles.

With thanks to EasyPark for new onsite storage sponsorship :)

 
Poster: Meris Ngan Colby

Poster: Meris Ngan Colby

2017 - Jan - Chinese New Year

Celebrating the Year of the Rooster with CNY arts + crafts for kids of all ages! We sewed dumplings (with lavender or catnip filling) and rooster/chicken masks with Beverly Ho :)

 
Jeffery Chong poster

Jeffery Chong poster

2016 - DEC - Winter Solstice 冬至

Aiya! Cancelled due to snowfall!!

 

Jessica Jang poster

2016 - fall (oct-Nov)

Indoor daytime in the Chinatown Plaza (Floata lobby). Check out the Tenants and their businesses while there, including the food court (3 items on rice/noodle!), cute shop, florist, tool shop, and barbers. 

Oct 15 celebrates Halloween early with our favourite Chinese snacks/candies from our childhood to share :) 

 
Jeffery Chong poster

Jeffery Chong poster

 

2016 - SEPT - MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL

Cancelled due to rain forecast and no rain plan :(

Jessica Jang poster

2016 - summer (june-july-aug)

Outdoor evenings in the Chinatown Memorial Plaza | Keefer Triangle | 105 Keefer

August partnership with Vancouver Cantonese Opera featured Cantonese opera songs by Artistic Director, Rosa Cheng, and water sleeves demo+workshop with young opera members, Ivy and Ziying 

 

Jessica Jang poster

2016 - spring (march-april-may)

Indoor daytime in the Chinatown Plaza (Floata lobby) under the venue sponsorship of its Tenants Association. With sponsorship by Hon's and EasyPark.

In March, we celebrated Qingming by making seed bombs! And Hua Foundation joined us to promote their Choi Guide for the new growing season. 

 

Jessica Jang poster

2016 - February

Magazine+Mahjong Social! Partnering with Ricepaper Magazine on the occasion of its 20-year anniversary

 

Jeffery Chong poster

2016 - January - chinese new year

With red envelope crafts and sampling of Chinese new year cake sponsored by Hon's.

 

Jessica Jang poster

2015 - dec - winter solstice 冬至

Seniors performances

With 芝麻糊 and 杏仁糊 desserts by Hon's, and sesame rice balls (芝麻湯圓) by Kam Wai Dim Sum. Yum. 

 

Jessica Jang poster

2015 - fall (Oct-nov-dec)

Indoor daytime in the Chinatown Plaza (Floata lobby) under the venue sponsorship of its Tenants Association. With sponsorship by Hon's and EasyPark.

 

Jeffery Chong poster

2015 - sept - mid-autumn festival

Lantern-making with artists, Vanessa Grondin and
Ken Lum. Story-telling by Mia.

 
2015 - Aug.jpg

2015 - august

I've got love in my heart and tiles in my hand.

 
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2015 - july

Getting rained out made the evening epic!!
It takes real teamwork to pick up mahjong tables and chairs and run for cover in the nearby Chinatown Plaza, stopping traffic along the way! Even though the security guard had to kick us out, he let us finish our games first :)

 

2015 - june

In the beginning... We just borrowed mahjong tables and tiles from our families and friends, and tables and chairs from within the community, and presto, a party!

With thanks to Ken Lum for:
- Bringing his Chinatown Night Market
- Having guests help finish his Chinatown mosaic
- Making YCC an awesome banner!!