Cultural Landscapes: What could UNESCO mean for you?

Cultural landscapes are layered with interactions between people, customs, daily practices, food, ideas, buildings and places. There are fascinating examples around the world that provide us with new ways of seeing, understanding and appreciating these complex interactions as part of healthy cultural landscapes. As the City of Vancouver and Province of BC commit to applying for UNESCO World Heritage status for Vancouver’s Chinatown, what are some of the learnings from cultural landscape sites in Southeast Asia? How can these learnings help to shape our views on cultural heritage in Vancouver?

Join us for a conversation with panelists from the City’s Chinatown Transformation Team and UBC’s Initiative for Student Teaching and Research in Chinese Canadian Studies who draw from their research experiences in Asia to delve into these questions and think about:

What type of interactions between people and place define Chinatown?

What does a healthy “ecosystem” in Chinatown look like, and how do food, housing, tourism, museums, and businesses fit in?

How can we as individuals play an active role in nurturing this healthy ecosystem?

Register now as seating goes quickly for these sessions:

Light refreshments will be provided.

Thank you to our venue sponsor, the Museum of Vancouver.

Beyond Pender is an event series jointly delivered by the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC, Heritage Vancouver Society and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. For more information about Beyond Pender, please go to