History & Past Events

A Chronology of the PCHC-MoM Society: Events that PCHC-MoM has attended, supported, hosted, or co-sponsored

For photos of the PCHC-MoM Society’s past events, please visit our Gallery page.

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February 22, 2020

On February 22 2020, the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC, Friends of the Vancouver City Archives, and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden hosted the launch of Chinatown Through a Wide Lens: the Hidden Photographs of Yucho Chow, by author and curator Catherine Clement. Translations for the book were provided by PCHC-MoM Society Executive Director Winnie L. Cheung. Check out photos by Caroline Y.M. Ng here.


November 2, 2019

On November 2 2019, the PCHC-MoM Society hosted A Banquet of Stories: Sharing Migration Stories Through Food at the Russian Hall. The event served as a celebration of Strathcona’s multicultural past and present through storytelling and food. Check out photos by Caroline Y.M. Ng here.

July 27, 2019

On July 27, a large crowd of friends, readers and fans of the acclaimed writer Wayson Choy (1939-2019) came together at VPL downtown Vancouver to remember him. The event, co-hosted by Winnie Cheung of PCHC-MoM and Todd Wong of the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop, was captured by Elwin Xie in this video:

June 15, 2019

PCHC-MoM and Historic Joy Kogawa House host the third set of “The Things We Carry” storytelling circles, featuring authors Joy Kogawa, Victoria Kuttainen, and May Q. Wong.

May 25, 2019

PCHC-MoM presents Philippines Historama – the history of the Philippines through short plays, songs, and dances. Learn more about the performance and the Laurier Institution’s sponsorship here. A video on a past Philippines Historama production:

May 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2019

PCHC-MoM helps facilitate the Cross Cultural Strathcona Walking Tour, celebrating the rich layered history of Vancouver’s downtown east side neighbourhoods. Learn more about the tours here.

May 4-30, 2019

PCHC-MoM co-presents Chinatown Through A Wide Lens: The Hidden Photos of Yucho Chow, curated by Catherine Clement. An exhibition of the once-hidden photographs of Vancouver’s first Chinese photographer. Yucho Chow chronicled life during a tumultuous period in our city’s early history.

April 27, 2019

PCHC-MoM helps ring in explorASIAN 2019 at SFU Woodwards World Art Centre.


July 14, 2018 

PCHC-MoM attends the Indonesia Fest at Nikkei Place. The festival celebrated Indonesian culture, with different performances, food, and displays.

July 8, 2018 

PCHC-MoM supports and attends the opening reception of “Scattering and Gathering” at the Roundhouse Community Centre. The exhibit is on Filipino migration and features poems by Lakshmi Gill, and art pieces by Lenore R.S. Lim.

July 7, 2018

PCHC-MoM supports and attends the opening of the Chinese Canadian Military Museum’s new exhibit: “Forgotten Indigenous War Veterans and Today’s Heroes”.

June 2-3, 2018

PCHC-MoM participates in Doors Open Richmond 2018. PCHC-MoM collaborates with Richmond Museum to present their “Our Journeys Here” exhibit celebrating the different cultures in Canada. PCHC-MoM partners with Museum Bento to display the “Powder and Paint” box on Cantonese opera and the early Chinese immigrant experience in Vancouver. Individuals volunteer their time to share objects they brought with them on their journeys to Canada, and tell their migration stories. A lively performance was done on the Chinese hammered dulcimer.

May 5, 2018 

PCHC-MoM and Sarah Ling hosts a screening of the film “All Our Father’s Relations” and workshop for educators and facilitators at the UBC Learning Exchange. The film follows the Grants siblings journey to China to rediscover their father’s roots and his relationship with their Musqueam mother. The film was a new resource for teachers to incorporate Indigenous content into their subjects at school.


November 25, 2017

PCHC-MoM hosts its inaugural “From Far and Wide” Gala at the River Rock Theatre, Richmond. Over 200 people of different ages and cultural backgrounds attend, bringing to life PCHC-MoM’s values of intercultural, intergenerational and collaborative efforts. Photos of the event can be seen here.

November 5, 2017

PCHC-MoM co-presents Paint It Red at the 21st Vancouver Asian Film Festival, a documentary about the community fight to save seniors from homelessness and eviction when a real estate developer proposes a luxury condo in the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown. Paint It Red is a VAFF Best Canadian Feature Award nominee.

October 13-21, 2017

The first joint project between PCHC-MoM and the Italian Cultural Centre is installed in the lobby of Queen Elizabeth Theatre at Vancouver Opera’s request during their run of Puccini’s Turandot. PCHC-MoM also invites Vancouver’s oldest Cantonese opera association, Qing Yun Music Society, to demonstrate traditional make-up and music on opening and closing nights.

October 10, 2017

PCHC-MoM supports UBC ACAM in organizing a Day of Learning to mark the 75th anniversary of Japanese Canadian internment and the 5th anniversary of the UBC Honorary Degree Ceremony for the 76 Japanese Canadian students expelled from UBC in 1942.

September 24, 2017

PCHC-MoM hosts Vancouver’s Block Party at Strathcona Community Centre to celebrate Block by Block/Quartier par Quartier, a national participatory project about newcomers in neighbourhoods, spearheaded by Toronto Ward Museum. The Block Party is held concurrently with Block Parties in two historically significant neighbourhoods: St. John’s Ward in Toronto and Côte-des-Neiges in Montreal.

July 7, 2017

PCHC-MoM co-presents the benefit performance “Multi-Voices, One Heart: Celebrating Canada 150 in Cantonese Opera” at the Michael J. Fox Theatre, with artists from Hong Kong, Vancouver and Toronto. Over 300 tickets are purchased by sponsors for Chinese seniors to attend. A repeat performance is presented at Ryerson Theatre, Toronto, on July 9.

July 2017

Together with academic and community partners from Vancouver, Toronto and Hong Kong, PCHC-MoM presents “Town and Gown Summer Spotlight on Cantonese Opera Past and Present.” Events include talks by academics and practitioners, dim sum and opera in the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.

May 25-July 15, 2017

In collaboration with the Italian Cultural Centre, PCHC-MoM present the joint exhibition “Common Voices: The Cultural Legacy of Cantonese and Italian Opera in Vancouver.” Through pictures, cultural items and oral interviews, opera is shown to be a means of maintaining cultural identity in times of transition and upheaval.

April 12, 2017

PCHC-MoM attends the HonourASIAN gala recognizing the legacy, culture and accomplishments of the growing community of Canadians with mixed Asian heritage for Canada’s 150th anniversary.

April 8, 2017

PCHC-MoM attends the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of British Columbia’s Gala Dinner to honour the Strathcona Property Owners & Tenants Association.

March 3, 2017

PCHC-MoM participates in the Richmond Museum Model Evaluation Study Symposium.


November 3-6, 2016

PCHC-MoM partners with the Vancouver Asian Film Festival for their 20th anniversary. PCHC-MoM co-presented Alejandro Yoshizawa and Sarah Ling’s film All Our Father’s Relations, which featured Hon. PCHC-MoM Advisor Larry Grant and Director Howard Grant. All Our Father’s Relations won “Best Canadian Feature” at the VAFF awards.

November 3, 2016

In partnership with the UBC Asian Library, PCHC-MoM hosts a Living Library Pilot, where “Readers” were able to “Check Out” walking and talking Asian-Canadian “Living Books” to ask them about their diverse backgrounds and experiences.

October 29, 2016

PCHC-MoM attends the Chinese Canadian Military Museum Society’s Gala Dinner celebrating the opening of their new exhibition.

October 27, 2016

With the support from PCHC-MoM and UBC, the Canadian Indonesian Diaspora Society (CIDS) received a federal government grant to record the migration and family stories of Indonesian-Canadian elders. CIDS coordinators of the project brought the community together to present a progress report. PCHC enjoyed connecting with the Indonesian-Canadian community, eating snacks and drinking coffee, and playing a few games.

October 5, 2016

PCHC-MoM volunteers assist with the opening of the Chinese Canadian Military Museum Society’s new exhibition on the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Hong Kong. Volunteers were rewarded with an exclusive tour of the exhibition and the opportunity to meet WWII veterans.

September 29, 2016

PCHC-MoM attends the Walrus Talks Cities of Migration to discuss how migration shapes cities, cultural exchange, business development, and more.

September 28, 2016

PCHC-MoM attends Thailand Corner at UBC to celebrate Thai culture and enjoy delicious Thai food.

September 2016

PCHC-MoM is a partner for LiterASIAN 2016. Our President moderated the opening panel and PCHC-MoM supported celebrated and emerging Asian-Canadian writers.

As a post-LiterASIAN event, PCHC-MoM also partnered with ACWW to screen episodes from the ground-breaking “Chinese Restaurants” documentary series with a following Q&A panel with the filmmakers.

August 26, 2016

As a thank-you to our loyal members and active volunteers, PCHC hosts an exclusive event – a tour led by the collector himself Dr. Wallace Chung of UBC’s treasured Chung Collection.

August 2016

PCHC-MoM commemorates the 102nd anniversary of the Komagata Maru Incident of 1914. PCHC-MoM attends the unveiling of a plaque in Vancouver to acknowledge the Komagata Maru incident as an event of national significance.

July 10, 2016

PCHC-MoM attends a no-host dim sum lunch as a post-ISSCO Conference event, and afterwards hosts “Chinese-Cuban Connections”, a dialogue exploring the relationship between Chinese migrants and Cubans.

July 6-8, 2016

PCHC-MoM is a sponsor of the 2016 ISSCO Conference, providing a large number of volunteers to assist the hosts.

May 14, 2016

PCHC-MoM in partnership with explorASIAN and the City of Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery leads a free walking tour of the cemetery, where Chinese, Japanese, and Jewish people were buried at the farthest extremity of the cemetery. PCHC volunteers told stories of families buried in the cemetery.

April 17-June 4, 2016

PCHC-MoM partners with explorASIAN and the UBC Asian Library to host “Family History with a Smartphone”. This was a workshop series designed to help participants gain the necessary skills to preserve oral and family histories by capturing them with accessible technology.

March 2016

PCHC-MoM conducts an interview with Project 40 on our goals and mandate. You can view the interview here.


December 20, 2015

PCHC-MoM partners with the Vancouver Tagore Society at the International Tagore Festival.

November 20, 2015

PCHC-MoM presents at two events: PCHC-MoM President Winnie Cheung is invited to speak at the BC Multicultural Inspirational Talks at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Following the talks a dinner was held to celebrate the winners of the BC Multicultural Awards, where PCHC-MoM’s Director and Treasurer Dr. Henry Yu won in the Individual Category.

PCHC-MoM also presented at the ACAM Community Showcase.

October 27, 2015

PCHC-MoM leads a guided tour of the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria.

September 28, 2015

PCHC-MoM’s partner issue (20.3) with Ricepaper Magazine is printed, sharing stories with the theme of “Pacific Roots”.

September 26, 2015

PCHC-MoM hosts A Banquet of Stories: Sharing Migration Tales Through Food, an afternoon event where we gathered together our diverse networks to partake in an afternoon of community storytelling inspired by the theme of migration and food.

May 8, 2015

The new Asian Canadian Asian Migration Studies at UBC program held a fundraising dinner and gala to celebrate its first year and to build a foundation for the years to come. PCHC-MoM partnered with the program to help organize the event and to officially launch their new website.

May 4-30, 2015

PCHC-MoM Society partners with the Chinese Christian Mission Centre to hold an exhibition on early Chinese Canadian Christian history, held at the Carey Theological College on UBC campus. On May 8th PCHC-MoM also helped to hold a guided tour and sponsor a panel on the exhibit.

May 2, 2015

PCHC-MoM helps kick-off explorASIAN 2015 at the Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre with free previews of events, and refreshments.

February 25, 2015  

PCHC-MoM Society members attend the City of Vancouver Lunar New Year Community Celebration, where individuals from all over the community attended to celebrate the Year of the Goat. Members from numerous organizations were also present, including VAHMS, SUCCESS, Centre A, and CCHSBC.

February 23, 2015 

PCHC-MoM Society members attend Wallace Chung’s tour of the Chung Collection for newly arrived/settled Chinese migrants at the UBC Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

February 6, 2015

PCHC-MoM supports the Musqueam-Chinese history project at the UBC Longhouse, where CG Liu Fei of the YVR Chinese Consulate present Howard Grant with a cheque for the project. Congratulations to the Grant family!

January-February 2015 

PCHC-MoM attends and supports Interwoven Stories: Textiles, Costumes, Cultures – A Multicultural Fest. Jean Kares curated the exhibition of multicultural textiles at the Chinese Cultural Museum, including Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, and Mexican textiles. The exhibition included an informational symposium with talks by Jean Kares (on Chinese textiles), Angela Clarke (on Italian textiles), Liza Wajong (on Indonesian textiles), and Trish Graham (on African textiles).

January 2015

PCHC-MoM celebrates the second annual Of Rice and Roots event (a celebration of Southeast Asian food and culture) hosted by the UBC Institute of Asian Research and UBC Centre of Southeast Asia Research. Indonesian, Malaysian, Vietnamese, Thai, Filipino, and Singaporean cuisine were offered.


November 2014

PCHC-MoM co-presents two documentary films on the subject of food and migration at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival, entitled “The Search for General Tso” and “Sriracha”. For trailers click here and here.

October 2014

PCHC-MoM supports LiterAsian 2014, a festival of wonderful Asian Canadian writing. Writers in attendance included Yasuko Thanh, Tom Cho, and Lily Chow.

September 2014

The PCHC-MoM Society supports the launch of First Families, First Stories project with the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society. Year one of VAHMS put the spotlight on the Filipino-Canadian community, recognizing pioneers who set the foundation for today’s modern communities.

August 2014

PCHC-MoM Society partners with the Roedde House Museum to provide guided tours in different languages for the VictoriaVancouver exhibit, helping to educate on Victorian Vancouver family portraits. To view an interview videotaped by PCHC Volunteer Josephine Chow on Jean Barman click here.

July 2014

PCHC-MoM Society joins the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC’s Musqueam Community Tour, led by the Musqueam/Chinese Grant family members Howard and Larry Grant. Howard Grant is also a Director on the PCHC-MoM Society’s Board.

June-July 2014

The PCHC-MoM Society provides volunteers for the Ing Clan Association’s Centennial Exhibition, so that English, Mandarin, and Cantonese-speaking people could come view ancient artifacts of Chinese-Canadian immigrants.

June 2014

PCHC-MoM Society attends and supports the eighth annual Taiwanese Film Festival.

May 2014

PCHC-MoM attends the Centennial Dinner of the Komagata Maru. In 1914, British Indian subjects were denied entry to Canada onboard a Japanese ship called the Komagata Maru. 2014 marks the one hundredth anniversary of the event.

May 6-8, 2014

PCHC has a booth at the CBA National Conference of Immigration Lawyers in Calgary.


September 2013

PCHC-MoM Society has its Inaugural Symposium and begins its journey towards a wonderful dream! To read the final report for the PCHC-MoM Symposium click here: Final PCHC Symposium Report.

May 4, 2013

PCHC-MoM Society co-sponsors explorAsian 2013 kick-off event in Vancouver Chinatown.


October 14, 2012

PCHC-MoM participates in Community Celebration of Wayson Choy.

May 19, 2012

PCHC-MoM co-organizes the Mini Film Festival with VAHMS as a part of explorAsian 2012 at New Westminster’s 10th Annual Multicultural Festival. The Mini Film Festival was comprised of a series of film screenings called “Our Stories”, featuring a series of award-winning documentaries which told the stories of the communities in British Columbia. It included the migration stories of the Chinese pioneers by Jordan Paterson of SF  as well as Ali Kazimi’s inquiry into the largely ignored history of Canada’s exclusion of the South Asians by an immigration policy called the Continuous Journey Regulation of 1908. For photos by PCHC volunteer photographer Josephine Chow, click here.


September 12, 2011

PCHC-MoM is incorporated in BC as a non-profit society.

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