The Chinese Canadian community worldwide has been incredible! In less than one month, we have reached our initial fundraising goal of $10,000 for the the Lytton First Nation and the Lytton Chinese History Museum. We could not have done it without everyone's incredible support and generosity!
Even though we have raised over $10,000, our ultimate goal is to raise as much money as we can for our friends at the Lytton First Nation and the Lytton Chinese History Museum. The Lytton Community Relief Fundraiser will continue as planned until September. We will continue to update everyone on our progress. Now, we would like to set our next fundraising goal of $5000 from now to the end of August. Will you join us in this endeavour?
Question: Can I mail CCHSBC a cheque for my donation? Of course! We will accept cheque or credit card. Currently, we aren't doing any in-person fundraising; this includes participating in any kiosks in Metro Vancouver. If anyone claims to be a CCHSBC member soliciting for in-person donations (especially cash), please say 'no'.
We are very happy to announce that we have reached 60% of our donation goal! Thank you to everyone for your tremendous support! For all the donors who will be receiving a "thank you gift", they will be shipped when Blood and Sweat Over the Railway Tracks: Chinese labourers constructing the Canadian Pacific Railway (1880-1885) arrives at our warehouse. We anticipate to begin our shipments some time in August.
For this fundraising campaign, CCHSBC is donating all the donor gifts, as well as Canada-wide shipping costs. What does this mean? It means that 100% of your donations will go directly to the Lytton First Nation and the Lytton Chinese History Museum.
At the start of CCHSBC's fundraising campaign for Lytton First Nation and the Lytton Chinese History Museum, we had indicated that donors who contribute $25 will be entered into a monthly prize draw during the duration of the campaign.
We are happy to announce that our July prize will be a copy of Deep and Sheltered Waters: The History of Tod Inlet by David R. Gray and the companion documentary Beyond the Gardens' Wall: The Immigrant Workers of Tod Inlet. This book was the recipient of our 2021 Dr. Edgar Wickberg Book Prize.
On July 13, 2021, CCHSBC officially launched our Lytton Community Relief Fundraiser in support of Lytton First Nations and the Lytton Chinese Museum. While the future of Lytton is currently unknown, we are heartened by the support that the entire Lytton community is receiving towards its recovery and rebuild. We continue to be in direct contact with our colleagues from Lytton First Nation and Lorna Fandrich (Lytton Chinese History Museum) and will be working closely with them to determine the best ways to support their recovery and rebuilding.
To thank our donors for their generous contributions, we will be gifting donors with copies of our publications and more. One of the publications that we will be gifting is Lily Siewsan Chow’s Blood and Sweat Over the Railway Tracks: Chinese labourers constructing the Canadian Pacific Railway (1880-1885)* which has significant historical ties to the Lytton area. Please note that this book is currently being printed, and we will ship it when it arrives in our warehouse. Canada-wide shipping is included as part of your generous donation. All donations above $20 will receive a CRA-approved tax receipt.
The CCHSBC Board of Directors would like to thank the British Columbia Historical Federation for their recognition of CCHSBC's and Modernize Tailor's partnership during the COVID-19 pandemic with one of BCHF's 2021 Inspiration Award. For more details on the award and our work, please go to: https://www.bchistory.ca/inspiration-award-chinese-canadian-historical-society-of-british-columbia/.
The Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC is pleased to host a virtual Chinatown Walkabout for the VAHMS Festival.
This virtual tour will be led by 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 Chinatown involvement.
They have hosted live tours for Vancouver Asian Heritage Month but this is their first virtual for VAHMS. It will be framed on the Vancouver Heritage Foundation Chinatown Guide. Advance reading is recommended.
Early registration is recommended, limit of 50 participants.
CCHSBC is pleased to partner with PCHC Museum of Migration, UBC Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies, UBC INSTRCC and Tom Lee Music for this special event. Community curator Catherine Clement will explore how stories of migration have been rediscovered and brought back to life through objects found, yet forgotten, in our homes. Through her decade-long, ground-breaking work collecting the hidden photographs of Vancouver Chinatown’s first and most prolific photographer, Yucho Chow – to her current project locating surviving C.I. documents used to monitor, control and intimidate early Chinese in Canada – Catherine will show how each piece helps reveal a rich story.
The event will feature remarks from The Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy and will be MC’ed by CBC’s Gloria Macarenko.
The live-streamed event will take place on Youtube at 5:15pm (PDT) on May 1st, 2021.