Pop-Ups & Partnerships

 
 
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paint it red - canadian doc spot

vancouver asian film festival
nov 2-5, 2017

(Documentary Feature, Drama Short, 120 min)
Whose neighbourhood is it, anyway? CANADIAN DOC SPOT Paint It Red from director Eva Cohen shines a (spot)light on just one of the many issues in the continually contentious development and preservation efforts surrounding Vancouver’s historic Chinatown: What happens when a bunch of seniors face evictions and homelessness? They fight back! Beverly Ho is a young Chinese Canadian dedicated to preserving and continuing Chinese cultural heritage in Vancouver’s Chinatown. Can her efforts, along with those of other volunteers in the neighbourhood, succeed? A VAFF Best Canadian Feature Award nominee.

 
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THE WAY CHINATOWN HISTORY IS BEING SHARED

heart of the city festival
Oct 25 - Nov 5, 2017

The history of Chinatown is as long as the history of Vancouver, and its fortunes have ebbed and flowed. It could arguably be facing its biggest challenge today – rapid gentrification driven by escalating real estate values. At the same time, there are countless people who are passionate about Chinatown and its history, as well as living and breathing activist groups to steer into an unfolding future. Join us for a conversation about some of the varied and creative ways people in the Chinatown community are sharing its history.

Panel: John Atkin, Doris Chow, Catherine Clement, Kevin Huang, Melody Ma, Robert Sung (emcee). 

 
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Vancouver Chinatown Under Threat: Observations on Heritage from a New Generation 

national trust conference, ottawa ON
Oct 11-14, 2017

In the recent battle over a contentious rezoning development application [105 Keefer] located in the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown, disparate groups of people--advocates for the low income community, seniors, architects, planners, youth groups, citizens concerned with loss of character areas, and so forth--played a pivotal role in its rejection by city council. Rezonings had rarely, if ever, been rejected prior. Hear about important heritage issues raised through the lengthy and high-profile public hearing and ultimate rejection of the rezoning. 

Presentation: Doris Chow and Bill Yuen, Heritage Vancouver Society

 

The Debate About Chinatown:
Unique character and new life? - mar 16, 2017

city conversations, SFU 

Is there a way to revitalize Chinatown and keep its special charm?

Presenters: Doris Chow, Bruce Haden

 

MAHJONG CLUB - 2017 expansion

UBC LEARNING EXCHANGE 

Chinese-speaking club members practice their English through teaching the game to others. The club was developed by Sam Truong as part of her co-op term.

 

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Chinese seniors health fair - Jan 20, 2017

Connecting over 200 Chinese seniors with 20+ healthcare providers and their services from across Vancouver, while offering merriment and celebration of the Chinese New Year.

Organized+Hosted with Youth for Chinese Seniors Project.

 

CHINATOWN COMMUNITY REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE

Remembrance Day on November 11th commemorates Canada’s wartime sacrifices since WWI, including WWII, the Korean War, peacekeeping duties, and conflict in Afghanistan. A Vancouver Chinatown community service of remembrance is held at the Monument to Chinese Canadians located in the Chinatown Memorial Square in the Keefer Triangle (at Keefer and Columbia Streets). The service commemorates the struggles and sacrifices of the early Chinese pioneers and railway workers, along with those of Chinese Canadian military veterans.

Organized+Hosted with: Chinese Canadian Military Museum Society, Chinese Benevolent Association (CBA), Chinese Cultural Centre (CCC), S.U.C.C.E.S.S., Vancouver Chinatown Merchants Association (VCMA).

 

all our father's relations - world premiere

Vancouver Asian Film Festival, Nov 3-6, 2016

The festival's Canadian Curated Feature and the world premiere of made-in-BC film, ALL OUR FATHER’S RELATIONS, records the interconnected histories of Chinese Canadians and First Nations along the Fraser River in British Columbia, which date as far back as the 19th century. The film tells the story of the Grant siblings who journey from Vancouver to China in an attempt to rediscover their father’s roots and better understand his fractured relationship with their Musqueam mother.

Community Partner for All Our Father's Relations (祖根父脈) screening

 

cultural landscapes: understanding and managing change

national trust conference, hamilton ONtario
oct 20-22, 2016

Vancouver Chinatown on the National Trust for Canada's 2016 Top 10 Endangered Places List

Those working to conserve cultural landscapes face the increasingly challenging questions of how to retain their authentic resources and how to balance the tangible and intangible dimensions of these complex places. Moderator, Dr. Nancy Pollock-Ellwand (Dean and Professor, Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary), will reflect on the latest thinking around cultural landscapes, drawing on her international involvements. The session will then focus on three case studies –  Lunenburg (Nova Scotia), Royal Botanical Gardens (Burlington ON), and Vancouver Chinatown – that reflect these broader, systemic challenges.

Presentation: June Chow and Bill Yuen, Heritage Vancouver Society

 

KING OF THE YEES: 
Why does Vancouver still need a Chinatown? - oct 16, 2016

gateway theatre, richmond bc

Panel discussion on what the future holds for Vancouver Chinatown, accompanying the Canadian premiere of Lauren Yee's new play set in San Francisco's Chinatown that is “an epic joyride across a cultural and generational divide, grounded by a powerful story about the relationship between fathers and daughters."

Panelists: Doris Chow, Bob Sung, Hayne Wai. Moderator: Frances Bula.

 

shaping vancouver 2016: 
what is the vision for chinatown? - oct 5, 2016

heritage vancouver society

Chinatown #3 on Heritage Vancouver's 2016 Top10 Watch List

Panel discussion on the increasing demand for community heritage values in Chinatown to be recognized and protected in the midst of intensifying development. Exploration of the nature of those community values and how they may be defined. What exactly is the vision for today’s Chinatown and how can it be achieved?

Panelists: Doris Chow, Chanel Ly, Carol Lee, Henry Yu, Greg Borowski. Moderator: Bill Yuen.

 

MID-AUTUMN MOON FESTIVAL
sept 16, 2016

DR. SUN YAT-SEN classical CHINESE GARDEN

Moonlight Mahjong in the courtyard of the Hall of One Hundred Rivers, for the second year in a row

 

a grandma's eye view of vancouver's chinatown

pro walk | pro bike | pro place conference, vancouver bc - sept 12-15, 2016

An interactive, community-based workshop that explores how Chinatown works from a “grandma’s eye view”. It addresses the need to plan spaces for seniors in an accessible, inclusive and culturally appropriate manner, lessons planners can apply to their Chinatowns. Like Chinatowns across North America, pressures from development and gentrification threaten the historical, cultural, and affordable spaces for residents who have been rooted in the community for generations.

Workshop Development+Execution: Aaron Lao, Eliana Chia, Sophie Fung, Ignatius But. Workshop Initiation+Support: Kathryn Lennon, Doris Chow, June Chow. Additional Support: Youth for Chinese Seniors (Beverly Ho, Chanel Ly) and local seniors.

 

CHINATOWN FESTIVAL
aug 13-14, 2016

VANCOUVER CHINATOWN BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION

Mahjong demo and storytelling

 

tour of Musqueam and Chinese Canadian Relations in vancouver - july 9, 2016

chinese canadian historical society of bc 

Post-conference tour of ISSCO (International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas), of Musqueam Nation and Vancouver Chinatown to illustrate historic relations between Musqueam and Chinese Canadians

 

the future of chinatown

edmonton chinatown conference, edmonton ab - june 11-12, 2016

North American conference organized by the Chinese Benevolent Association of Edmonton in partnership with Edmonton's Chinese community organizations and the University of Alberta. Over the years, Chinatowns have been affected by city planning priorities, as well as social, economic and political changes and by revitalization or redevelopment efforts. While some Chinatowns are thriving, others are experiencing displacement, relocation or erasure. This conference asks "Will there be any Chinatowns left in the future?" and explores a shared vision and sustainable future for these neighbourhoods.

 

connecting the pieces

Film created by Mary Zheng and Amber Dukart for History 483 (Asian Migrations to the Americas) at UBC. Featuring the Youth Collaborative for Chinatown and Ing Suey Sun Tong Association in Vancouver's Chinatown.

 

social studies 10 field trip - april 8, 2016

mcmath secondary school, richmond bc

Field trip of Social Studies 10 class from McMath Secondary organized by BEd candidate, Dominique Bautista. With dumpling workshop and lunch by Hua Foundation; tour of Strathcona and Chinatown with historian, Hayne Wai.

Bamboo Shoots: Chinese Canadian Legacies in BC

 

MAHJONG MEMORIES

Video created by Peggy Lam and Eva Uguen-Csenge towards the Masters in Journalism at UBC. 

Youth in Chinatown organize a mahjong event to bring three generations together. 

 
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Vancouver SOUP - jan 21, 2016

Groundswell Grassroots Economic Alternatives

We competed and won this public crowdfunding dinner that supports people who are making positive changes in our city.

 

bridging the gap: a generation's return to heritage

Video created by Christina Lee for History 483 (Asian Migrations to the Americas) at UBC.

What happened to Vancouver's Chinatown? Seen more and more as simply a place for the elderly to sit around reading newspapers or play mah jong, youth participation in Chinatown has been on the decline. From athletic associations to just plain presence in the neighbourhood, recent visitors note a sharp decrease in the number of Chinese-Canadians in the area. With the influx of condo developers aiming to gentrify the area, Chinatown is in danger of becoming a museum. How can we empower Chinese-Canadian youth to return Chinatown to its former self: a nexus of activity and a place of belonging?