Join CCHSBC for the launch of the highly anticipated Chinese Victoria: A Long and Difficult Journey by historian John Adams.
Over two decades in the making, Chinese Victoria: A Long and Difficult Journey explores the lives of people who shaped Canada's oldest Chinatown. The most comprehensive resource on Victoria's Chinatown to-date, this beautifully illustrated book includes over 800 photographs, 60 maps, and other images. This book focusses on BC's capital city, but skillfully places Victoria's Chinese community amongst broader provincial, national and transnational issues.
This Vancouver book launch and book signing will be held on the second floor of the Hon Hsing Building of the Wongs' Benevolent Association in Chinatown. The historic venue has a special connection to some of the stories featured in the book, which will be available on site.
Be the FIRST to purchase this fabulous publication as it's not available for purchase anywhere yet in the Lower Mainland. Chinese Victoria will be available at a special discounted rate of $70* (reg. retail price $80) at the book launch. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity!
CCHSBC is proud to have financially supported the production of this publication.
*Please note that we only accept cash, debit or credit card.
Biography: John Adams was born in Ontario and moved to Victoria with his parents in 1960. He graduated from Victoria High School and attended the University of Victoria before going UBC to complete a BA in History (1972). He received a Masters degree in Museology from the University of Toronto. His working career was in the museum and historic sites field as well as teaching museum studies for twent-eight years between SFU and the University of Victoria. Since 2000, he has operated his own history company called "Discover the Past" in Victoria, specializing in historical research, writing and conducting walking tours.
Adams is a former president of the BC Museums Association, the Victoria Historical Society, the Old Cemeteries Society of Victoria, and currently is a director of the Chinese Canadian Museum Society of British Columbia and the Victoria Chinatown Museum Society. Chinese Victoria is his seventh book. John and his wife Donna live in a heritage house in Victoria's James Bay neighbourhood. (Chinese Victoria)
2022 Summer Job Opportunity
Multiculturalism project officer
Hours per week: 20-25 hours (8-12 weeks)
Rate of Pay: $19.00 per hour + benefits
Start Date: June 13, 2022
As a national historical society leader, CCHSBC has developed a strong reputation as a leading authority on Chinese Canadian history in BC. In partnership with UBC's Initiative for Student Teaching and Research in Chinese Canadian Studies (UBC INSTRCC), we are looking for a Multicultural Project Officer to support the vital work of raising awareness of Chinese Canadian contributions to the province of BC with a focus of community outreach, digital literacy initiatives and event planning.
In consultation with the board members of CCHSBC:
Application Deadline: Monday, June 6, 2022
Please forward your resume and cover letter to: info@ with the subject line "Multicultural Project Officer".
We thank all applicants but only those short-listed will be contacted.
2022 Honouree: Lily Chow!
CCSHBC is pleased to announce our 2022 Honouree: Lily Siewsan Chow! To celebrate this incredible honour with acclaimed writer and former CCHSBC board director, we will be hosting a luncheon in Victoria's Chinatown.
Ticket Price: $35 per person
Following the luncheon, there will be an optional guided visit to the Chinese Canadian Museum's temporary exhibition in Fan Tan Alley for those who are interested. This visit is by donation.
Join us at this celebratory lunch to reflect upon the great work that Lily has done alongside great food, raffle prizes and more!
In partnership with PCHC and UBC Initiative for Student Teaching & Research in Chinese Canadian Studies, CCHSBC is pleased to be a part of the "From Far and Wide: Pacific Canada Stories" virtual storytelling workshops.
Over the duration of the three workshops, the series will introduce participants to interviewing, storytelling, filmmaking and editing with phone and computer applications. Participants will also have the opportunity to view each other’s films and hear each other’s stories.
Please join us on May 18th, 6 - 8pm (Zoom) and June 1st, 6 - 8pm (Zoom) PDT. The third session on June 18th, 12 - 1:30pm PDT, will take place in person and offer the opportunity, if desired, to share your story with others as part of PCHC-MOM's Pacific Canada Story Fest.
No prior experience is required.
Registration fee: $75 - for all 3 workshops
CCHSBC Members should look for a recent email that included a special discount code! If you didn't receive it, please email us.
Presented by Powell Street Festival Society in association with DKAM and the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC
Date: Sunday, May 29
Time: 2:00 PM (Doors 1:30 PM)
Location: The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe St. Vancouver, BC
In this slideshow and artists talk based on the self-published photography book of the same name, Soone takes us through New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area, Vancouver, and Paris in the 1970s and 1980s, with particular emphasis on the Chinese immigrant community and African Americans to reveal alternate interpretations of seemingly innocuous symbols. At their core, these pictures reflect the compassion and social consciousness of an artist transformed by the tumult of the 1970s.
Virtual chinatown walkabout
Date: Sunday, May 11
Time: 7pm Pacific Time
As part of Asian Heritage Month, we are pleased to host a virtual Chinatown Walkabout. This Zoom tour will be led by CCHSBC Co-Vice-President John Atkin, Past-President Bob Sung, and Past-President Hayne Wai. John is a civic historian and heritage consultant; Bob hosts cultural and culinary tours of Chinatown; and, Hayne is a longtime Chinatown researcher and advocate. The event will be framed on the Vancouver Heritage Foundation Chinatown Guide. Advance reading is recommended.
Since the fire that engulfed the town of Lytton on June 30, the Lytton community has embarked on a long journey to recovery.
CCHSBC held a fundraising campaign in support of our community partners at the Lytton First Nation and the Chinese History Museum, raising over $22,000 thanks to the generosity of our members and the general public.
We are delighted to host Lorna Fandrich, owner of the Lytton Chinese History Museum, John Haugen, Council Member of the Lytton First Nation, and Heidi Swierenga from the British Columbia Heritage Emergency Response Network (BC HERN) for a conversation on collaborative recovery efforts in Lytton.
Heidi from BC HERN was among a team that went to recover what remained of the Lytton Chinese History Museum, and assisted in the post-fire salvage and recovery. This was BC HERN's biggest operation to date.
Please join us in learning about recent recovery efforts to restore the rich cultural and historical legacies of the Lytton community and what the process of rebuilding will entail.
The deterioration in Canada-China relations in the past few years has seen an escalation in attacks on those who dissent from the growing trend to demonize China. This is not the first time that this has happened. In the 1960s, Professor Paul Lin faced systemic harassment when he advocated for the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Canada. This upcoming online webinar will explore the anti-Asian racism and the many dimensions of Canada-China relations, past and present.
Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Time: 4:30pm Pacific Time / 7:30pm Eastern Time
Location: Virtual via Zoom
The 2021 Paul and Eileen Lin Commemorative Lecture is presented by Canada-China Focus in partnership with Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC (CCHSBC), the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute (CFPI) and the University of Victoria Centre for Global Studies.
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the Program Participants (Speakers and Moderator) are those of the participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or position of the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC (CCHSBC), its Board of Directors or its members. The Program Participants' opinions are based upon information they consider reliable, but neither CCHSBC nor its Board of Directors, warrant its completeness or accuracy. Any content provided by the Program Participants are of their opinion.
Lytton Fundraising campaign
CCHSBC is delighted with the results of our initial fundraising efforts towards the rebuilding of the Lytton Community. With the support of our community, we raised $22,406! Thank you for your incredible generosity! We will be dividing this amount 50/50 between the Lytton First Nation and the Lytton Chinese History Museum.
We are continuing our fundraising efforts through direct donations (without donor gifts), as well as through proceeds from the sale of Blood and Sweat over the Railway Tracks: Chinese labourers constructing the Canadian Pacific Railway (1880-1885).
Over $13k Raised
Your continued support CCHSBC's fundraiser for the Lytton First Nation and Lytton Chinese History Museum is greatly appreciated. If you haven't made a donation, you still can. 100% of the donations will go directly to those in need.