A proposed new museum in Vancouver that will showcase and honour the history of Chinese Canadians in British Columbia is making further progress towards becoming reality.
The B.C. government announced today (November 8) that it will be providing the City of Vancouver with a $1 million grant for planning and programming design of a Chinese Canadian museum.
The funds will establish a project office (which will include a pocket gallery) at the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver where plans for the museum will be further developed with the community.
Citizens previously provided input during public consultations, held from December 2018 to February 2019, about various options. Almost 500 people attended in-person meetings while over 8,700 visited the website.
B.C. Minister of State for Trade George Chow stated in a news release that based on feedback which emphasized Chinese Canadian stories being told throughout the province, particularly in the places where they happened, they are pursuing a hub-and-spoke model, with the provincial hub being based in Vancouver’s Chinatown.
The museum project is part of the provincial government’s partnership with the City of Vancouver to pursue a United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage site designation for Vancouver’s Chinatown, which is the largest and one of the oldest (dating back to the late 1800s) in Canada.