Chinatown Storytelling Centre

The Chinatown Storytelling Centre will be the first permanent space of its kind in Canada with programming, exhibits, and interactive kiosks sharing personal stories and featuring short films that provide opportunities to learn about people and places of significance in Canadian history. The Storytelling Centre shares the important legacy and history of the Chinese Canadian experience and its larger contribution to city and nation-building. It brings together in one place, in the heart of Chinatown, the cultural and historical artefacts, photos and records which tell this story.

Through community collaboration, the Storytelling Centre is a way to honour and respect the sacrifices and hardship endured by previous generations. The Storytelling Centre will also be the venue for important public events throughout the year including dialogues, speaker series, and workshops addressing current social issues, anti-Asian racism, and discrimination. Visitors will have both an opportunity to look back through the Storytelling Centre’s permanent and temporary exhibits and look forward as we bring thoughtful dialogue opportunities to discuss the issues of today’s world.

The Chinatown Storytelling Centre will be a space to gain a fuller understanding of Canadian history through an exploration of the Chinese experience and reflect on how that legacy still impacts communities today. Community Conversations will be at the centre of the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation’s efforts to address anti-Asian racism. We are uniquely positioned to bring together business leaders, academics, the media and the community to have thoughtful and engaging discussions about how to combat anti-Asian racism. Our efforts will be local and national in scope as in addition to events held in the Storytelling Centre, our livestream events will be offered to a wide audience across the country.

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