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Vancouver (B.C.), Nov 8 (Canadian-Media: B.C. government is giving a $1 million boost to the City of Vancouver to support the establishment of a Chinese-Canadian museum, with the aim of creating branches in other communities across the province, media reports said.
Chinese-Canadian museum. Image credit: chinesecanadianmuseum.ca
Bill Yee, the first Chinese-Canadian elected to Vancouver city council and also a member of the working group for the proposed museum the so-called hub-and-spoke model would enable
partnerships with municipalities, such as Victoria, where Chinese immigrants first began to arrive in the late 1850s.
"We are hoping that the museum will touch all the areas in the province that in the past have (had) Chinese people," said Yee and added this approach could help unite Chinese-Canadians across the province.
"The reality is many Chinese-Canadians are not living around Chinatown anymore, they're all over the place," he said.
The museum's objective to explore the past through curated artifacts, stories, and educational resources would be complemented by current events and visions of the future for Chinese-Canadians.
It's an opportunity to celebrate the Chinese-Canadians who helped build B.C., Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart said on Friday.
"Chinese-Canadians have made an exceptional impact to the social, economic, and cultural lives of the province and the city, and we are committed to acting on the opportunities we have to conserve, commemorate, and enhance the living heritage and cultural assets of Vancouver's Chinatown for all Canadians," he said at the opening of the proposed museum's new project office.
The office is located at a Chinese cultural centre and features a small gallery of photos and stories, which offer a peek into what the museum could be like.
The centre is already home to the Chinese-Canadian Military Museum, so Yee said it's likely the provincial 'hub' museum would be established there too.
The museum is also part of a joint effort by the province and Vancouver to have the city's Chinatown designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Stewart called Chinatown an "incredibly important part of Vancouver's cultural identity," as well as being one of the oldest and largest Chinatowns outside Asia.