As British Columbia moves to honor the contributions of the Chinese community to the province, the capital will also reflect their historic stories starting Friday (February 18).
Victoria’s Fan Tan Alley will host two Chinese Canadian Museum exhibits through the end of September.
The temporary exhibits are a chance for locals and visitors to learn about the history and lived experiences of Victoria’s Chinese community, Mayor Lisa Helps said in a statement. She also talked about how the displays will be housed in a very suitable place.
“Victoria is home to Canada’s oldest Chinatown and has a strong and diverse Chinese community with a rich and deep history,” she said. “Members of the Chinese community have been leaders in the arts, culture, business and politics, sometimes needing to overcome discrimination and racism to achieve this.”
The exhibits at the Chinese Canadian Museum, located at 10-14 Fan Tan Alley, are titled First Steps: Chinese Canadian Journeys in Victoria and Gold Mountain Dream!
Chinese Canadian Journeys highlights important starting points for community and showcases examples of intergenerational resilience and agency through stories of support, entrepreneurship and personal accomplishment. The Chinese Canadian Museum and the Victoria Chinatown Museum Society have partnered for the exhibit.
Golden mountain dream! examines the personal stories and sacrifices of the first Chinese migrant workers who came to British Columbia in search of prosperity during the Fraser Valley Gold Rush of the 1850s. The photographs tell the stories of adventure, heartbreak and social upheavals of migrants. The exhibition is produced by the Royal BC Museum in collaboration with the Canadian Museum of History.
Helps thanked former Mayor Alan Lowe and the Victoria Chinatown Museum Society for their tireless work to help “achieve this important and meaningful milestone in our community.”
The local historical display comes after British Columbia announced $27.5 million on Feb. 11 for the Chinese Canadian Museum to have a permanent home in one of the oldest buildings in Vancouver’s Chinatown.
“The contributions of Chinese Canadians to this province have been invaluable,” said Premier John Horgan, acknowledging the community’s long-standing desire for a place to share success stories and shed light on unfairness.
“The museum will be an important place for all British Columbians, connecting the past to present and future generations.
The exhibitions are free and the museum space is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Friday to Sunday.
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