The Chinese Canadian Museum in Vancouver receives $5.18 million from the federal government
The Chinese Canadian Museum receives a $5.18 million boost from the federal government.
The funding, announced Tuesday, May 23, to help renew the building and space at its new permanent location in the historic Wing Sang Building at 51 East Pender St. in Vancouver’s Chinatown. It is due to open on July 1.
Museum CEO Dr. Melissa Karmen Lee said the funding, which is being made through the economic development agency PacifiCan, will help the museum complete its first phase of renovations and preparations for the exposure.
“We are thrilled to open this summer to feature historic exhibits and important public programs that honor the diverse Chinese-Canadian communities across the country.
The renewal project is a three-phase, multi-year project focused on revitalizing and modernizing the 21,000 square feet. building, as well as increasing the amount of exhibition and programming space for future permanent and temporary exhibitions.
“The building’s historical ties to the history of Chinese Canadians will provide Canadians with meaningful insight into the incredible journeys of many Chinese Canadians and how they relate to perspectives today,” a statement noted.
As the country’s first Chinese-Canadian museum, it will provide a “meaningful and transformative experience for all, connecting Canadians to the diverse and eclectic stories and contributions of generations of Chinese Canadians, past and present – with an eye on the future “.
The museum’s inaugural exhibition, “The Paper Train to the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1923”, is curated by Catherine Clement. It commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Immigration Act of 1923, which documents the hard times and resilience of early Chinese migrants in a “period of excessive bureaucracy and discrimination, as well as the legacy and lessons learned from their sacrifice”.
Museum board chair Grace Wong said the $5.18 million allows them to continue building a provincial museum of national significance “dedicated to showcasing the history, heritage, contributions and resilience of generations of Chinese Canadians across British Columbia and Canada. We look forward to becoming a vital cultural asset that will add vitality to Vancouver’s Chinatown, boost tourism and foster cultural inclusion.
This follows the province’s announcement of $2.2 million on May 12 to revitalize Vancouver’s Chinatown. Funding was provided to the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation for the restoration of historic storefronts and neon signs, and lighting upgrades for businesses in Chinatown, as well as infrastructure upgrades of the Chinese Cultural Center.
Foundation President Carol Lee said Chinatown is more than just a neighborhood.
“It symbolizes the city’s resilience, perseverance and pride.
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