‘What’s Your Blend?’ Garlic Pickling Workshop [blog]

February 4, 2023

This project was my introduction to working with INSTRCC, and I am very grateful for everything I learned from the experiences and people I got to work with! The “What’s your blend?” garlic pickling workshop was the final part of the summer project, where we got to see our work be used and shared with […]

Richmond Growing [Blog]

January 13, 2023

This summer, we (Shirley Ting and An Xu) were offered the amazing opportunity to develop Richmond Growing, a social media campaign, in collaboration with Urban Bounty.  As a community-based food security initiative, Urban Bounty has over 20 years of experience in community programming, engagement, and advocacy. Their expertise and guidance was invaluable in co-developing Richmond […]

Finding Community: Connecting with Other Chinese Immigrants in Richmond (Short Film Series)

December 30, 2022

In the past few decades, Richmond has solidified its reputation as a vibrant diasporic community. The journey of Chinese immigrants to Canada has been exciting, challenging, and nothing close to monolithic. For many, the decision to immigrate was not an easy one. Migrants had to leave behind their homes, their families, and their communities in […]

INSTRCC 2022 Recap

December 23, 2022

In a blink, another year has flown by! In 2022, we at UBC INSTRCC saw our biggest cohort of student researchers yet, working on a record number of projects with a diverse range of community partners. Thank you for your continued support of our students’ work!  Here’s a taste of some of the projects we […]

Chinatown, Existing: Community Resilience in Vancouver’s Chinatown & Beyond [Blog]

January 26, 2022

This past summer, I had the opportunity and pleasure to work alongside Andrew Sandfort-Marchese, Shirley Ting, and Emma Quan to develop a field trip program for Grades 9-10 students in partnership with the Chinese Canadian Museum (CCM) and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden (the Garden). With the help of museum coordinators, local teachers, and […]

Fish Tales: Community-based Storytelling with the Gulf of Georgia Cannery

January 18, 2022

Last year’s ACAM 390A: Food and the Heritage of Chinese Migrations seminar was conducted virtually, however, that did not prevent community-engaged learning from being a key aspect of the course. As such, students had the opportunity to work with local organizations and pitch their course projects to a wider audience at the ACAM 390A Virtual […]

Chinatown Reimagined: A Community Forum on Cultural Heritage-Making

January 4, 2022

  With growing community efforts to recognize Vancouver’s Chinatown as a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, UBC INSTRCC’s most recent project hopes to highlight revitalization efforts within an important site of Canadian history. Our collaboration with the City of Vancouver’s Chinatown Transformation Team and Chinatown Legacy Stewardship Group brought subject experts and community leaders to […]

ACAM390A: Virtual Community Showcase

June 28, 2021

This last year has been a whirlwind of virtual meetings, travel restrictions and stay-at-home orders. So naturally, Professor Henry Yu’s (virtual) travel class united students across majors, faculties and national borders to learn about the Food and the Heritage of Chinese Migrations in ACAM390A – online.

ACAM 390A: Community Tours and Cultural Storytelling in the Virtual Space

June 16, 2021

Students from the ACAM 390A class crowdsourced a number of virtual tours and other forms of online cultural storytelling to start thinking about what works in the virtual space in preparation for their projects. Here’s a list of our favourites from the activity for you to explore!

ACAM 390A Guest Lecture: Carmel Tanaka (Cross Cultural Walking Tours)

May 28, 2021

On May 18th, 2021, the ACAM 390A class welcomed Carmel Tanaka, program coordinator of Cross Cultural Walking Tours (CCWT), to discuss her work. CCWT is a walking tour in collaboration with a number of cultural heritage organisations connected to Vancouver’s Strathcona neighbourhood. Currently, the tour traverses Jewish Strathcona, Hogan’s Alley, Chinatown, DTES and Powell Street, […]