The history of Chinese immigration to Vancouver is an integral part of Vancouver’s founding story, and evolution, yet is not always well understood between generations, talked about beyond academic settings, or accessible to other communities. At the same time, new media technologies, evolving forms of historical storytelling, and digital sharing have become more commonplace, changing the ways in which we talk about our histories. Join the MOV and CCHSBC in a special dialogue with author David H.T. Wong, Professor Henry Yu, Vancouver historian Jean Barman, to discuss the implications and contours of this increasingly visual and interactive landscape on their work as historians, artists, and storytellers.
David Wong is author of the newly released “Escape to Gold Mountain,” the first graphic novel to tell the history of Chinese Canadians to be published in North America. Professor Henry Yu is project lead for an innovative online project, "Chinese Canadian Stories: Uncommon Histories from a Common Past" (chinesecanadian.ubc.ca) a $1.17 million initiative which has created a one-stop web portal for the reinterpretation of Canadian history through the lens of Chinese Canadians, and features a set of unique, state-of-the-art set of visualizations of historical data created in partnership the Spatial History Lab at Stanford University. Dr. Jean Barman is emerita professor in the Department of Educational Studies of the University of British Columbia, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Professor Barman has written and edited numerous books about British Columbia and its Pacific coast communities, including Stanley Park's Secret (2005) which won the 2006 City of Vancouver Book Award as best contributing to "an understanding of Vancouver's history, its unique character & the achievements of its residents."
Central to this dialogue will be a broader interactive discussion which attempts to connect these historical sightlines traced from the Chinese Canadian experience in Vancouver, to the emergent histories of Vancouver’s exponentially multicultural communities.
Light refreshments will be served.
Free for Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC and MOV members
Special Admission $8 | Includes admission to Object(ing): The Art & Design of Tobias Wong