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Upcoming Offerings from the Chinese Canadian Historical Society

Hidden Histories: The Photos of Yucho Chow

​Join the Chinese Canadian Historical Society for a look at a part of B.C. history that is seldom seen. Through formerly hidden photos taken by Vancouver’s first and most prolific Chinese photographer – Yucho Chow – discover the lives and stories of early communities and everyday people whose photos are generally missing from public archives.

Catherine Clement, Curator and Author of Chinatown Through A Wide Lens: The Hidden Photographs of Yucho Chow will be speaking and attendees will receive a limited-time coupon code for free shipping with the purchase of Chinatown Through A Wide Lens: The Hidden Photographs of Yucho Chow. The book will also be discounted for a limited time from November 4 to 11. Orders can be placed at

Summary: From 1906-1949, Chow chronicled life during a tumultuous and transformative period. His lens recorded the lives and aspirations not only of early Chinese, but of many other marginalized communities who struggled to make Canada their home: South Asians; the Black community; Indigenous families; mixed-race couples; and newly-arrived Eastern European immigrants. Today, these aging, private photographs are evidence of an incredibly rich, yet mostly hidden, piece of our province’s history.

Chinatown Walkabout with the Three Amigos

John Atkin, Bob Sung and Hayne Wai.

The Heart of the City Festival is excited to present a virtual Chinatown walkabout on Zoom with the powerhouse trio of John Atkin, Bob Sung and Hayne Wai. John is a civic historian and heritage consultant, Bob hosts cultural and culinary tours of Chinatown, and Hayne is a long time Chinatown researcher and advocate.

They are all past presidents of the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC and collectively have over one hundred years of involvement in Chinatown. Although each have presented live walking tours, this will be their first shared virtual tour: framed around the Vancouver Heritage Foundation Chinatown Guide.

Advance reading of the guide is recommended:

Register early, limited to 30 participants!