Most Canadians don’t realize the tremendous impact that Hong Kong Chinese migration has had on Canada. Cities like Vancouver and Toronto look utterly different today because of the demographics of Hong Kong Chinese who came in the 1960s-90s, whom have made remarkable contributions to philanthropy and economic development.
In the last 50 years, a large flow of migrants in both directions has connected Hong Kong and Canada, transforming both societies. The Hong Kong-Canada Crosscurrents Project provides coordination and depository infrastructure for the research, collection development and public education of the effects of migrations and cultural connections between Hong Kong and Canada from the 1960s to the 2010s.
Hong Kong Canada Crosscurrents is about getting beyond national borders, and understanding how the migration of ideas, people, and goods between Hong Kong and Canada has transformed both places. This project is a unique five-year research and public education project, whose aim is to document this important effect that Hong Kong migration had on Canada, but also the flows that went between Hong Kong and Canada in the past five decades. In collaboration with universities, mass media, and public education institutions in Canada and Hong Kong, St. John’s College at the University of British Columbia together with the Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library at the University of Toronto aims to document this crucial history through the development of a Digital database, Oral history film series, multi-site Speaker series and Public forums, as well as Printed publications.
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