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Featured room: Mackenzie Seminar room

This week, our featured room in the Irving K Barber Learning Centre, is the Mackenzie Seminar Room, room 112, located in Rare Books and Special Collections. The Mackenzie seminar room is a bit different from the other rooms in that it is not named after a place, but an explorer: Sir Alexander Mackenzie. Sir Alexander […]

A donation success story

The Chung Collection is one of UBC Library’s featured success stories on the Start An Evolution campaign website. The site describes the impact of Dr. Chung’s donation of the Chung Collection on teaching and research, and how it helped Dr. Henry Yu apply for funding to create a Chinese Canadian history web portal. Click here to read about it.

Chinese Canadian Stories soft launch today

Have you heard about Chinese Canadian Stories? Today is the soft-launch of the Chinese Canadian Stories web portal, which aims to “give Canadians, young and old, the tools to discover and make their own history, using the latest advances in digital technology to access, recover and record our neglected past.” A joint initiative between UBC, SFU, and many community partners from across the country, it is funded by the Community Historical Recognition Program.

Chinese Canadian Stories is sure to have something for everyone- from a head-tax database for family and academic researchers, to a video game for kids and teens, to graphic historical timelines for those who just want to know a little more about moments and stories in Chinese Canadian history. The soft-launch event is today, from 4 to 8 pm in Room 318 in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

Featured photograph: Strathcona class portrait

It’s September, and that means back to school, so our featured photograph this month is one of several Strathcona Elementary School portraits from the Chung Collection:

Strathcona is Vancouver’s oldest elementary school, founded in 1891. In the early 20th century the Strathcona area was a working-class district, and the home of a diverse array of immigrant families. Strathcona Elementary was so diverse that it earned the nickname, “The League of Nations.” This photograph we believe to have been taken sometime in the 1920’s.

This photograph was taken by Yucho Chow studios, and is one of 20  photographs in the Chung Collection known to be taken by Yucho Chow, most of which are in fact Strathcona school portraits.  According to Camera Workers of British Columbia, Yucho Chow was the first Chinese photographer in Vancouver. At the Museum of Vancouver website, you can see his photographic case.

Featured place: Oliver

In our ongoing blog series about B.C. places used as room names in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, this week we are featuring the town of Oliver. Oliver describes itself as the “wine capital of Canada” and is located in the south end of the Okanagan Valley. Oliver is named after the 19th premier […]

Historic Joy Kogawa House announces new writer-in-residence

Historic Joy Kogawa House, the house that was the childhood home of author Joy Kogawa before the internment of Japanese Canadians during World War II, has announced a new writer-in-residence. Susan Crean will live and work in Joy Kogawa House from September 15 to December 15, while working on a new piece of historical non-fiction about headtax payer Wong Dong Wong. You can read about her connection to Wong Dong Wong on her website, What is Toronto. While she is in residence at Joy Kogawa House, there will be public opportunities to engage with her and her work through a reading series and other events. Keep an eye on the Historic Joy Kogawa House website!

Labour Day closure

A reminder that all library branches including Rare Books and Special Collections, the Chung Collection and University Archives are closed on Monday September 5 for Labour Day. The photograph above depicts a Labour Day parade in Vancouver, taken by  Philip Timms in the early 20th century.  The photograph is undated, but is believed to have […]