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Featured room: Parliamentary Room

On Monday, August 1, we will celebrate British Columbia (BC) Day, a civic holiday. According to the Protocol and Events Branch of the British Columbia government, the “British Columbia Day Act, R.S.B.C. 1996 c.34 was first introduced in 1974 as Bill 61 by the Hon. Ernie Hall, the Provincial Secretary under Premier Dave Barrett. The […]

Saltwater City for Youth

Last weekend I was very pleased to host a group of summer-campers who are enrolled in the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of B.C.’s summer youth program, Saltwater City for Youth. This day camp includes visits and walking tours to a variety of locations around the city, including the Museum of Vancouver, the Chinese Canadian Military Museum, and of course, the Chung Collection! The participants are learning about Chinese-Canadian history, citizenship and leadership. The campers were very enthusiastic and knowledgable, and after the tour they completed a scavenger hunt for historic facts in the Chung exhibition.

Thank you to the Chinese Canadian Historical Society for the visit, and congratulations on a terrific summer program!

Featured photo of the month: Fruit Ranch at Kelowna

The Chung Collection is a rich source of historical photographs on a mind-boggling array of subjects. To showcase this amazing variety, we plan to feature a photograph each month, related to the season or current/historic events.

In homage to the wonderful British Columbia fruit available this time of year, the feature photograph is of a fruit ranch in Kelowna taken in July of 1921:

This photograph is part of an album of photos of a “journey across Canada,” taken by an unknown photographer. This is an extensive album of more than 300 photographs from across the country, featuring landmarks, scenery, and shots of the Canadian Pacific Railway.

If you’re interested in the history of fruit growing in British Columbia, an interesting resource are brochures issued by the Canadian Pacific Railway Company, describing the opportunities in British Columbia for fruit farming. These can be found in the collection by searching for books with the keyword “fruit”.

Speaking of fruit, here at UBC we’re all enjoying the Blueberry Fest!

Featured place: Atlin

Our featured B.C. place for this week is the northern most place we have featured yet: Atlin. The town of Atlin and Atlin Lake are located along Highway 7, not too far south of the border with Yukon. Atlin likes to be called “Switzerland of the North” because of its wintertime beauty and activities. The […]

Celebrate our cultural mosaic at the Your Kontinent festival

From July 21 to 24, Richmond is hosting the Your Kontinent Film and Media Arts Festival, which is showcasing a variety of films and multi-media artworks, with an emphasis on Asian film through its collaboration with the DocuAsia Forum. The name “Your Kontinent” is a variation of the concept of “Urkontinent,” meaning one large continent which would theoretically create a mosaic of cultures on one continent- not unlike Richmond itself! Artists and viewers are encouraged to think about “one’s individual perception of their continent or culture.”

Check out their website for the festival schedule or ticket information.

From C to C: Chinese Canadian Stories of Migration

Airing Saturday July 16th at 5 pm on CBC (Channel 3), “From C to C” is a documentary film which contrasts the struggles of early Chinese migrants to Canada with the experience of Chinese Canadian youth today. The documentary was produced by Simon Fraser University and S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

More information is available on the C to C website, including an historical timeline, and sections on current issues and personal stories.

This documentary won a Leo award, so it’s a must see! Tune in on July 16th.