Join us in cultural heritage making and reimagining Chinatown’s possible futures.
Chinatown Reimagined is a three-day online event with interactive sessions exploring innovative, community-led approaches on key topics including: the significance of both tangible and intangible cultural heritage, creating a thriving cultural heritage economy, sustainable community capacity-building, and long-term stewardship for the future.
This project and work takes place on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We acknowledge that this land was never surrendered, relinquished, or handed over by these nations to Canada or British Columbia through a treaty or other means; it is sovereign and unsurrendered. We also recognize that as uninvited guests on these unceded lands, allyship means working together to dismantle colonial and oppression systems.
> Visit the full Land Acknowledgements page
此項目和研究工作於xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (瑪斯琴族)，Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (史戈米殊族)、和 səlilwətaɬ (斯里華圖族) 所未割讓的家園上進行 。我們承認這片土地從未被這些民族通過條約或其他方式交出、放棄或移交給加拿大或卑詩省； 它由三個民族共同擁有主權和從未被割讓。我們也認識到，作為這些未割讓土地上的不速之客，與以上民族結盟意味著共同努力拆除殖民和壓迫制度。
Introduction for Part A and Part B
Tangible and intangible heritage have been traditionally studied, understood and managed as two separate topics. There is a tendency to speak about heritage mainly through physical evidence such as buildings and artifacts. Our heritage conservation tools and policies have also not evolved sufficiently to recognize intangible heritage, which includes language traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festivals, traditional knowledge and crafts.
As a result, many cultural heritage neighbourhoods around the world have wrestled with the challenge of recognizing and seeking support for their cultural heritage.
Driven by people with cultural lived experiences from the community, visionary researchers and heritage professionals, there is now a more holistic understanding that tangible and intangible heritage rely on each other to thrive. It is the interconnectedness of tangible and intangible heritage that carries the meanings, identity and memories of a community.
In this session, we will enter the world of Vancouver Chinatown’s rich cultural heritage through its Society heritage buildings. We will place this discussion in the holistic context of connecting the various forms of heritage and examine the current approach in renewing tangible heritage assets through continued and renewed cultural uses. We will also take inspiration from international examples of other built heritage sites and look at their influence on their communities.
Moderator: John Atkin
In this session, we will consider how intangible and tangible cultural heritage need to be defined, appreciated and supported more collectively as a contributor to community identity, economic development and social value. We will celebrate intangible heritage in Vancouver’s Chinatown by looking at how the stories of our past help shape our identity, how heritage assets are lived, practiced and transmitted through community initiatives and advocacy, as well as begin to re-imagine a future where both forms of heritage are supported.
Moderator: Carmut Me
Chinatowns across North America were born out of the experience of discrimination and racism. While each Chinatown has a unique path of history with its distinct political, social and economic challenges that shape the present day, these Chinatowns are, nonetheless, connected by shared value, purpose and cultural heritage. One of the commonalities shared by different Chinatowns is their continued role in the fight against racism and inequity.
At this session, presenters and panelists from Chinatowns throughout North America will share their work on anti-racism. This session will provide the unique opportunity to learn about the innovative and impactful projects by community leaders and organizations from both local, regional and global perspectives. The hope is that these accomplishments and ideas can serve as catalysts for further strategic collaborations and communications between Chinatowns.
Moderator: Henry Yu
The small-scale, place-specific businesses in Vancouver’s Chinatown are the bedrock to the community economic vitality as they attract talents, visitors and investments while serving local residents. With time, these businesses and organizations become a core part of the neighbourhood’s identity.
In this session, we will explore how Chinatown’s legacy heritage businesses and the organizations that support them collectively help to build the community’s economic strength and competitiveness. Through examining cases, we will look at the relationship between cultural heritage, businesses and community economic development. The session will take us into the discussions about the potential for economic revival by rebuilding and sustaining an inclusive local community economy anchored on its unique heritage assets.
Moderator: Kevin Huang
Substantial change in any community does not happen in a single step. The kind of change that is expected to transform Vancouver’s Chinatown on the social and economic levels begins with ongoing commitment and investment in building capacities in the form of talents, resources and time.
Supporting the people and the next generation of leaders who do this work is crucial in building a resilient community. These leaders include entrepreneurs, educators, advocates, artists, community organizers, students and non-profit managers in our community. This session provides the community an opportunity to listen to them and to ask questions on how we can better work together to take action.
Moderator – Tesicca Truong
Formulating effective community development strategies requires an intentional process of discovery, learning and decision-making led by the community. The path that the community takes to transform Vancouver’s Chinatown is built around an appreciation of its strengths and constraints, as well as an inclusive discussion on how to prioritize and take actions together.
In this session, the community will have a chance to look at Chinatown’s past, present and future. The conversation will be anchored on the shared understanding of the past. From that point on, the community will examine the priorities and commitment required in the context of UNESCO as the strategic aim and the Cultural Heritage Assets Management Plan as the pragmatic roadmap for actions. This conversation also attempts to shed light on the tough compromises that the community likely has to make and the priorities to be set in order to take realistic, measurable and timely actions.
Moderator - Sandra Singh
介紹: A 部和 B 部
主持人: John Atkin
主持人: Henry Yu
主持人: Kevin Huang
主持人: Sandra Singh
You can register for all sessions through our event page on Eventbrite. During registration, you can select which sessions you would like to attend. The forum launch event and sessions span across Oct 16, 22 & 23 - please view the "Forum Sessions" section of this page for specific times and details.
The event is free with online registration and open to the public. You may register for as many or as few sessions as you would like. We kindly ask that you register prior to the event for any sessions that you wish to attend.
Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, all sessions of the Chinatown Reimagined Community Forum will take place online. Links to individual sessions will be sent out to registered attendees in the confirmation email via Eventbrite
Chinatown Reimagined is developed by the Chinatown Transformation Team of the City of Vancouver in partnership with the University of British Columbia and supported by the Chinatown Legacy Stewardship Group (LSG) and its five working groups. Many community partners contributed to the Forum, including:
唐人街新展望由溫哥華市的唐人街經濟文化發展專案小組 (CTT) 主辦，由卑詩大學協辦，並得到唐人文化傳承督導組 (LSG) 及其工作組的支持。許多社區合作夥伴為論壇做出了貢獻，包括：