We are pleased to announce the 2021 winners of the CCHSBC Awards!
Credit: British National Archives
2021 Dr. Edgar Wickberg Graduate Prize in Chinese Canadian History Winner: Retired Colonel Chris Weicker Weicker's Master's thesis, Secret Warriors in the Pacific War: Chinese Canadians and the Special Operations Executive, 1944-45, at the University of Victoria's Department of History is a unique study examining declassified files from the British National Archives in London, UK, which uncovers the unrecognized contributions of the largely unknown service of the 145 Chinese Canadians loaned to the Allied Powers during World War II.
2021 Dr. Edgar Wickberg Book Prize for the Best Book on Chinese Canadian History Winner: Deep and Sheltered Waters: The History of Tod Inlet by Dr. David R. Gray
Author Dr. Gray tells for the first time to complex story of Chinese and Sikh immigrant workers who lived and worked in Tod Inlet near Victoria, BC. The book follows these labourers - including 239 Chinese males - as they helped construct a new cement plant for Robert Butchart's Vancouver Portland Cement Company, and the Chinese workers' major role in construction, development, and maintenance of the world-famous Butchart Gardens. This work describes the previously unknown personal experiences of these men and is a major contribution to Chinese Canadian history in BC.
Deep and Sheltered Waters: The History of Tod Inlet is available for purchase at the Royal BC Museum.
2021 Dr. Edgar Wickberg Book Prize for the Best Book on Chinese Canadian History Honourable Mention:Chinatown Pretty by Andria Lo and Valerie Luu
Chinatown Pretty is a storytelling project that documents senior citizens' street style in Chinatowns. Combining urban utilitarianism with unexpected clothing choices that reveal resilience, personal histories, and cultural values, the authors photographed and interviewed hundreds of seniors in historic Chinatowns across North America since 2014, including a chapter on Vancouver’s Chinatown and the vibrant and active community organizations that champion the neighborhood. The project is not only a celebration of this unique style, but a way to share the seniors' immigration stories and life wisdoms.
2021 Drs. Wallace B. & Madeline H. Chung Prize for Chinese Canadian Community Archiving Winner: Lytton Chinese History Museum, co-founder Lorna Fandrich
Situated on the grounds of a former Chinese Joss House which is recognised on the BC and Canadian Registers of Historic Places, the Lytton Chinese History Museum collects, preserves, and displays artifacts and photos of the vibrant Chinese community who once lived in the region from 1858 to 1928. In addition to the physical museum, Lorna has spent countless hours building a digital database of her entire collect of over 1600 pieces and made it available through the Museum's website, which has been noted as a valuable resource by scholars and has drawn interest from around the world.