Space, Memories and Food: An Interactive Film Screening

Join the Hua Foundation for an interactive film screening and discussion on food based space activation in Vancouver’s Chinatown. Students from this year’s UBC Asian Canadian & Asian Migration (ACAM) 390 “The Heritage of Chinese Migration” class will share a short film and a Virtual Reality (VR) film documenting how food is activating neighbourhood spaces in Hong Kong; Singapore; and Penang, Malaysia.

Drawing from these inspirations in Asia, a panel of local community organizers, pop-up food vendors, and the City of Vancouver’s Chinatown Transformation Team will join the students in a discussion on how to work collaboratively towards connecting neighbourhood spaces to food and heritage in Vancouver’s Chinatown. The discussions will tie together the shared memories of Chinatown as the nexus for culturally appropriate food, as well as the steps being taken to bring that vitality back to the neighbourhood.

ACAM390 Film Showcase:

Space Activation in Vancouver’s Chinatown: Lessons from Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia’s Alleyways, presented by Wei Yan Yeong and Farhan Hussain.

Experiencing Food: Investigating the Connections Between Food and Culture in Chinese Diaspora, presented by Melissa Kwan, Yahe Li.


  • Russell Chiong, Public Space Vendor from Treasure Green Tea Shop
  • Stella Zhou, Graduate Planning Student with City of Vancouver
  • Gillian Der, ChoiBox CSA Manager

To register: please click here.

Tea & snacks from Chinatown will be provided. This event is supported by the ACAM program at UBC.

Chinatown House is serviced by the bus lines: 3, 4, 7, 8, 19, 22, 209 and there is metered parking at the front. There is ground-level entrance and the wheelchair accessible button is currently broken, but event organizers are available to assist with opening doors for individuals. The washrooms are binary trans-inclusive, with wheelchair accessible stalls. We are currently addressing how we can increase the accessibility of this space.

We acknowledge that this work is taking place on the ancestral, traditional, unceded and occupied Indigenous territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, and in particular, the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, the Skwxwú7mesh and the Tseil-waututh Nations. This land was never surrendered, relinquished, or handed over by these Nations to Canada or British Columbia through a treaty or other means; it is sovereign and unsurrendered.