A colleague from Vancouver Public Library has asked me to help pass on some resources for his teacher brother who is teaching a segment on Chinese Canadian history for his Walnut Grove class. How fitting that he does this during Asian Heritage Month in May!
The following is what I have recommended:
Information on Chinese Canadian History.
There is a VPL hand out on CC history – located next to QIS on the backside of the Bus schedules.
May is Asian History Month. Contact Asian History Month
Vancouver office at 604-488-0119 and check their website explorasian.org
Check out the Asian Heritage Month Program available at local libraries. Lots of events going on from UBC to Fraser Valley.
Purchase a copy of their Asian History of North America – a time line of Asian History in Canada, US, Hawaii and Mexico – contains Chinese, Japanese, Hawaiians, South Asians etc.
Contact Asian Research Centre at UBC.
There is a Virtual Museum of linked websites concerning Chinese History in BC and Canada.
Read Saltwater City by Paul Yee – a pictorial encyclopedic history of Vancouver's Chinatown.
Contact Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Classical Gardens for a field trip of the Gardends and a tour of Chinatown. John Atkins does a wonderful tour – ask for his contact. I helped set up “Jade Peony Walking Tours” with the Gardens for Vancouver Public Library's One Book One Vancouver program.
Read “Jade Peony” a novel based on true events in Vancouver's Chinatown. Winner of Trillium book Prize and inaugural choice for One Book One Vancouver Program for Vancouver Public Library. A set of discussion questions is available.
Secondary school eh?
Read Tong Louie – a biography of the founder of London Drugs, and son of HY Louie – the busness wholesaler.
– check out listings of films
Knowledge Network should be doing a series of Asian Canadian programing for MAY.
Find a copy of the CBC tv special “Salt Water City” based on the 1986 Museum display that spawned the book by Paul Yee. Paul was just in town last weekend doing readings at VPL and Richmond
Check out my own website: www.gunghaggisfatchoy.com – dedicated to multicultural events including the gung haggis dragon boat team.