THE HISTORY OF PCHC-MOM: A PHOTO GALLERY OF PAST EVENTS
Welcome to PCHC-MoM’s Photo Gallery! Provided below are photographs from various events that the Pacific Canada Heritage Centre has attended, supported, hosted, or co-sponsored. Enjoy a tour through PCHC-MoM’s history! We hope that future events will be just as wonderful and full of intercultural interactions.
Mini-Film Festival, May 19 2012
PCHC-MoM Society co-organizes “Our Stories”, a series of film screenings co-organized with VAHMS as a part of explorASIAN 2012 at New Westminster’s 10th Annual Multicultural Festival. Photos taken by Josephine Chow.
PCHC-MoM Inaugural Symposium, September 2013
The Pacific Canada Heritage Centre Museum of Migration Society begins its journey! To read the final Symposium report for the PCHC-MoM Society please click here: Final PCHC Symposium Report.
Taiwanese Film Festival, June 2014
June 2014 was the eighth annual Taiwanese Film Festival. Pictured here is PCHC-MoM President Winnie Cheung with Regina Leung from the Vancouver Asian Film Festival.
Ing Clan Association Centennial Exhibition, June to July 2014
In June to July of 2014, the PCHC-MoM Society provided guided tours in different languages for the Ing Clan Association, so that different people could view and understand these rare and historical artefacts of Chinese immigrants. Thanks to our many volunteers!
Chinese Canadian Historical Society of British Columbia’s Musqueam Community Tour, July 2014
In July of 2014 PCHC-MoM Society joined Howard and Larry Grant of the Musqueam Grant family on a community tour of traditional Musqueam land. PCHC-MoM acknowledges that the Lower Mainland of BC is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people.
Roedde House Museum: Victorian Vancouver Family Portraits, August to October 2014
In August to October of 2014, the PCHC-MoM Society had a partnership with the Roedde House Museum. PCHC-MoM provided guided tours in different languages of this exhibit about three Victorian Vancouver family portraits (Chinese, Hawaiian, and German).
Komagata Maru Centennial Stamp Dinner and Presentation, Fall 2014
The year 2014 marked one hundred years since British Indian subjects arrived upon Canadian shores in the Japanese ship the Komagata Maru. This year, Canada Post and the Komagata Maru Heritage Foundation commemorated the injustices faced by the Indian, Sikh, and Muslim passengers who were denied entry to Canada by creating a centennial stamp. Below, Vice President of PCHC-MoM and President of the Komagata Maru Heritage Foundation, Harb Gill, presents the Centennial stamp to Chief Minister Basal of Punjab on behalf of Komagata Maru 100.
LiterAsian, October 2014
In October PCHC-MoM Society supported LiterAsian 2014, an annual festival in celebration of Asian Canadian writing. Writers such as Yasuko Thanh, Tom Cho, Souvankham Thammavongsa, and Lily Chow were present.
Vancouver Asian Film Festival, October-November 2014
In October to November of 2014, the annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival was held. PCHC-MoM co-sponsored the festival to present two documentary films on food and migration, including Ian Cheney’s documentary film “The Search for General Tso”.
Interwoven Stories: Textiles, Costumes, Cultures – A Multicultural Fest, January-February 2015
In January to February of 2015, PCHC-MoM supported a wonderful textiles exhibition curated by Jean Kares and hosted at the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver. The exhibition also included a workshop and a Textiles Symposium, with informational talks on Chinese, Italian, Indonesian, and African textiles (talks given by Jean Kares, Angela Clarke, Liza Wajong, and Trish Graham, respectively).
Of Rice and Roots, January 2015
In January of 2015, the UBC Institute of Asian Research and UBC Centre of Southeast Asia Research presented the second annual Of Rice and Roots event, in collaboration with ASEAN Consulates-General in Vancouver and UBC SEA Students Associations. PCHC-MoM members attended the event to celebrate Southeast Asian food and culture.
Consulate General Liu Fei of Chinese Consulate Honours Grant family and Musqueam-Chinese Project, February 2015
In February 2015, Liu Fei, the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Vancouver, presented a cheque to Howard Grant in support of the Musqueam-Chinese history project at the UBC Longhouse. President of PCHC-MoM Winnie Cheung was present to congratulate the Grant family on their project revealing the old ties between two peoples.
City of Vancouver’s Lunar New Year Community Celebration, February 2015
Members of PCHC-MoM attended the City of Vancouver’s Lunar New Year Community Celebration in February 2015. It was a wonderful opportunity for intercultural interaction between wonderful organizations such as VAHMS, SUCCESS, and Centre A.
Rediscover the Fading Memories: Early Chinese Canadian Christian History Exhibition (A part of explorASIAN 2015), May 8 2015
PCHC-MoM in partnership with the Chinese Christian Mission Centre hosted a panel discussion about an early Chinese Canadian Christian history exhibition at the Carey Centre, as a part of explorASIAN 2015.
Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Fundraising Dinner and Gala (a part of explorASIAN 2015), May 8 2015
This May the new Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies Program at the University of British Columbia celebrated its first birthday with its first graduating students. PCHC-MoM partnered with the program to hold a celebration event and fundraising dinner for supporters of the program. We officially launched our new website at the reception. Thank you to everyone for coming out!
A Banquet of Stories, September 26 2015
PCHC-MoM hosts “A Banquet of Stories”, a storytelling event that brought together diverse communities to share personal family stories inspired by the theme of migration and food.
Gallery #1: Photo credit to Caroline Ng.
Photo gallery #2: Photo credit to David Wong
Guided Tour of RBC Museum Gold Rush Exhibit, October 27th, 2015
PCHC-MoM led a guided tour of Gold Rush exhibit at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria.
Asian Canadian Asian Migration Studies Program Community Showcase, November 20 2015
PCHC-MoM was invited by UBC’s ACAM Studies Program to present at their Community Showcase.
BC Multicultural Inspirational Talks, November 20 2015
PCHC President Winnie Cheung was invited to speak at the BC Multicultural Inspirational Talks 2015.
International Tagore Festival, December 20 2015
PCHC-MoM partnered to support the Vancouver Tagore Society and the International Tagore Festival 2015.
Family History with a Smartphone Workshop Series, April to June 2016
PCHC hosted the “Family History with a Smartphone” workshop series, where we reached out to community members to preserve the stories of their elders, family members, and loved ones, by teaching them new techniques on how to capture them through film. Student volunteers and experts taught participants how to compose stories, film oral histories, and edit footage.
Free Walking Tour, “Where Vancouver Remembers”, May 14 2016
PCHC in partnership with explorASIAN and the City of Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery conducted a walking tour of the Vancouver cemetery where Chinese, Japanese, and Jewish people were buried at the farthest extremity of the grounds’ southern end. PCHC volunteers led the tour and told stories on families buried in the cemetery.
Official Federal Apology for the Komagata Maru Incident, May 18th 2016
On May 18th, PCHC Vice President Harbhajan Gill travelled to Ottawa to the House of Commons, where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered an official apology for the Komagata Maru Incident of 1914, where hundreds of Sikh, Muslim, and Hindu passengers were denied entry to Canada and were forced to sit in the harbour for months, before ultimately being turned away to return to India. There awaited an ultimately tragic fate that could have been prevented if not for the discriminatory Anti-Asian laws in Canada.
PCHC VP Harbhajan Gill is pictured here with Premier Christy Clark and Tejpal Sandu’s family in Ottawa. We hope that this apology has brought attention to Canadians the importance of remembering our history, and that our Prime Minister has heeded our words and our dream after this visit — we need a Museum of Migration to house stories like these, so that they are remembered and passed on through generations.
ISSCO Conference, July 6th-8th, 2016
PCHC was honoured to be a partner at the conference of the International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas. With our partner the Ing Association, we displayed a small exhibition of artefacts for participants in the conference. We also had a table where we had the chance to meet scholars and students from all over the world. Many were extremely supportive of our dream to build a museum of migration on the west coast of Canada! Thank you so much to our many volunteers who put in shifts at the PCHC table. Your support and hard work means the world to us!
Post-ISSCO Conference Activities: Chinese-Cuban Relations Dialogue and Dim Sum Lunch, July 10th 2016
In order to facilitate community engagement after the ISSCO Conference, PCHC offered post-conference events open to conference delegates and the public. Scholars and researchers gathered for no-host lunch in Chinatown, or joined PCHC at our community dialogue co-presented with the historical Ing Association. It was a wonderful afternoon of delicious dim sum and fabulous community.
Exclusive Chung Collection Tour for PCHC Members and Active Volunteers, August 2016
PCHC offered an exclusive event to our loyal members and volunteers of a tour of UBC’s treasured Wallace B. Chung and Madeline H. Chung Collection, guided by Dr. Wallace Chung, the collector himself. The Chung Collection, housed in the Rare Books and Special Collections department in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, is a beautiful and extensive research collection made up of rare and unique items relating to Chinese-Canadian history. We were honoured to listen to Dr. Chung recount stories about these items and learn more about the details and anecdotes behind his extensive collection.
LiterASIAN 2016, September 2016
PCHC was a partner at LiterASIAN 2016, a festival of Asian-Canadian writing and literature. From an opening panel to workshops, book launches, and a concluding Peking duck dinner, PCHC was proud to support celebrated and emerging Asian-Canadian writers.
Chinese Restaurants Series Screening and Q&A Panel, September 2016
After the LiterASIAN festival in partnership with the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop (ACWW), PCHC screened a selection of dynamic episodes of the ground-breaking Chinese Restaurants series by the award-winning filmmaking duo producer/director Cheuk Kwan and cinematographer Kwoi Gin. Q&A panels with the filmmakers followed the presentations.
Chinese Canadian Military Museum Society Exhibition Opening, October 2016
The CCMS launched their new exhibition on the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Hong Kong in Oct 2016, where PCHC provided volunteers to help with the opening at the Chinese Cultural Centre. We were were privileged to have met amazing Chinese Canadian WWII vets, which included Bing Wong and our own PCHC Director George Ing. PCHC Honorary Advisor and retired senator Hon. Dr Vivienne Poy was also present to address the exhibition opening.
Thanks so much to volunteers Alvin, Richard, Alex, Eleanor, Grace, Ken, Vincent, and Alina for all your hard work supporting the Chinese Canadian Military Museum! Volunteers were rewarded with an exclusive tour of the collection.
A dinner gala celebrating the exhibition followed at the end of the month.
Oral History Project with Indonesian Elders, October 2016
With the support from PCHC and UBC, the Canadian Indonesian Diaspora Society (CIDS) received a federal government grant to record the migration and family stories of Indonesian-Canadian elders. Migration researcher and writer Kilim Park and freelance journalist Kristi Alexandra, co-ordinators of the project, brought the community together in October to present a progress report. We had a wonderful time connecting with the Indonesian-Canadian community, eating snacks and drinking coffee, and playing a few games.
Living Library, November 2016
On November 3rd, the UBC Asian Library and PCHC-MoM Society launched a pilot “Living Library” event with an Asian-Canadian angle. At the Living Library, participants were able to “Check Out” walking and talking “Living Books” to as them about their diverse Asian-Canadian backgrounds and experiences. Books included a writer, artist, filmmaker, and postdoctoral research fellow of mixed Dutch/Chinese, Filipino, mixed Chilean/Japanese, and Korean descents. It was a great community event, and we also had the opportunity to enjoy a delicious dinner together!
Vancouver Asian Film Festival, November 2016
PCHC members and friends were present at a large number of films at VAFF this year, including international and Canadian shorts, Mixed Match, #TheLastSmile, #Tyrus, and PCHC’s co-presented film #AllOurFathersRelations. Congratulations to all filmmakers and VAFF crew on your excellent achievements, and a special congrats to all winners of the VAFF film awards, particularly to Director Alejandro Yoshizawa and the crew of All Our Father’s Relations which won “Best Canadian Feature Award!” Everyone involved worked so hard and we are proud to have been involved in such an inspiring festival.