Journeys of Hope: Challenging Discrimination and Building on Vancouver Chinatown’s Legacies

Created through a continued partnership between the City of Vancouver and the University of British Columbia, this book is an indication of both partners’ commitments to collaboratively plan and develop a UNESCO World Heritage Status application for Vancouver’s Chinatown.

This edition builds on the commemorative version unveiled at the Vancouver City Council’s special meeting in Chinatown on April 22, 2018, capturing the historical moment when the City formally apologized for its past involvement in the discrimination and racism against early Chinese Canadian immigrants and their families. Chinese migrants arrived in what is now known as Canada as early as 1788. Their contributions were often forgotten as part of a long history of racism and discrimination in Canada. Journeys of Hope: Challenging Discrimination and Building on Vancouver Chinatown’s Legacies captures the story of how early Chinese migrants helped transform societies around the world, and how Vancouver’s Chinatown and other Chinatowns throughout Canada and the Pacific region are the living legacies of that transformation.

Written in both English and Chinese, Journeys of Hope reaffirms the importance of multilingual engagement in community building, outreach, and education.

Authored by Henry Yu and co-edited by Sarah Ling, Baldwin Wong and Szu Shen.

To order a copy of this book, you can order online through the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC, one of our community partners:

If you live in Vancouver, you can purchase a copy directly at one of our local vendors:

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Eight Treasures Shop
Massy Books
UBC Bookstore
Burnaby Village Museum, Gift Shop

For special inquiries, please email

10″ x 10″ hardcover. Colour and full of photographs.
Retail value: $50.00

Proceeds from UBC INSTRCC sales go towards UBC student projects in Chinatown.