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

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, […]


Gold Mountains Book Club

May 3, 2021

Last month, we wrapped up our first online book club: Gold Mountains: Stories from Chinese Diasporas Past, Present and Future. Chinese diasporic literature encompasses a wide diversity of various waves of migration, experiences, hopes and dreams. Over the months of March and April, we not only shared our team’s favourite pieces of literature, but we […]


How do you celebrate Lunar New Year? #OurLNY 2021 Virtual Celebration

February 25, 2021

Happy year of the Ox!  Gung Hei Fat Choy!  Gong Xi Fa Cai!  This year’s Lunar New Year—like most events—was different. Many of us were unable to celebrate in person with friends and family, and public celebrations were canceled or moved online. But like the strong Ox, we persevered and we adapted. To spread the […]


A Seat at the Table | Museum of Vancouver – Digital Media Projects Showcase

November 14, 2020

A Seat at the Table will be opening at the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) on Thursday, November 19th. We are excited to share a sneak peek of the new multimedia exhibits that are unique to the MOV location. These installations were created in partnership with the University of British Columbia, the MOV, Hammer & Tong, […]


INSTRCC at the Burnaby Village Museum Neighbourhood Speaker Series

November 2, 2020

The Burnaby Village Museum Neighbourhood Speaker Series showcases talks presented by local speakers that explore a range of historical and cultural topics. This year, INSTRCC students and team members were invited to give two talks about Chinese Canadian history in Burnaby.