Join CCHSBC for the launch of the highly anticipated Chinese Victoria: A Long and Difficult Journey by historian John Adams.
Over two decades in the making, Chinese Victoria: A Long and Difficult Journey explores the lives of people who shaped Canada's oldest Chinatown. The most comprehensive resource on Victoria's Chinatown to-date, this beautifully illustrated book includes over 800 photographs, 60 maps, and other images. This book focusses on BC's capital city, but skillfully places Victoria's Chinese community amongst broader provincial, national and transnational issues.
This Vancouver book launch and book signing will be held on the second floor of the Hon Hsing Building of the Wongs' Benevolent Association in Chinatown. The historic venue has a special connection to some of the stories featured in the book, which will be available on site.
Be the FIRST to purchase this fabulous publication as it's not available for purchase anywhere yet in the Lower Mainland. Chinese Victoria will be available at a special discounted rate of $70* (reg. retail price $80) at the book launch. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity!
CCHSBC is proud to have financially supported the production of this publication.
*Please note that we only accept cash, debit or credit card.
Biography: John Adams was born in Ontario and moved to Victoria with his parents in 1960. He graduated from Victoria High School and attended the University of Victoria before going UBC to complete a BA in History (1972). He received a Masters degree in Museology from the University of Toronto. His working career was in the museum and historic sites field as well as teaching museum studies for twent-eight years between SFU and the University of Victoria. Since 2000, he has operated his own history company called "Discover the Past" in Victoria, specializing in historical research, writing and conducting walking tours.
Adams is a former president of the BC Museums Association, the Victoria Historical Society, the Old Cemeteries Society of Victoria, and currently is a director of the Chinese Canadian Museum Society of British Columbia and the Victoria Chinatown Museum Society. Chinese Victoria is his seventh book. John and his wife Donna live in a heritage house in Victoria's James Bay neighbourhood. (Chinese Victoria)
Following the our 2022 AGM, CCHSBC Members and their guests will have an opportunity to visit two Chinese Societies' Buildings in Chinatown - the Wongs' Benevolent Association Building, and the Chin Wing Chun Society Building.
Because most buildings are closed to members only, this is a rare opportunity to not only visit, but hear their stories and learn about their recent initiatives.
Date: Saturday, September 24, 2022
Cost: CCHSBC Members - Free, Guests of CCHSBC Members - $10 per person
Location: Wongs' Benevolent Association Headquarters: 123A Pender Street, 4th Floor- we will begin the tour after the completion of the 2022 CCHSBC AGM and make our way to the Chin Wing Chun Society Building.