At 5pm my friend George Jung and I met with the 1907 Riot walking tour at Victory Square. It was being hosted by CBCer Margaret Gallagher and led by Michael Barnholden (author of Reading the Riot Act)
Check out http://www.anniversaries07.ca/riot_walk.php for a map and description of the 1907 riot route and historic buildings.
From there we walked down Hastings St. to Carrall St. to stand at Shanghai Alley (between Carrall and Abbot), back up Carrall St. to walk down Market Alley (between Hastings and Pender), left on Columbia to walk up Hastings to Pantages Theatre…
We silently walked past the Quan Lum Quan Lung Sai Tong Association headquarters at 164 East Hastings Street, where we had the first Head tax redress meetings following the Nov 2005 rally against the ACE program and then PM Paul Martin.
We stood across the street from the site of the former Vancouver City Hall, then proceeded up Hastings, left on Gore, to stand in front of the Firehall Arts Centre on Cordova St. We learned that the Fire Dept was called on to stop the fires in Chinatown. Next we walked along Cordova Street to the Powell St. Grounds (now Oppenheimer Park) where the tour guide talked about how the rioters were repelled in Japantown.
The tour then went on to Alexander St. to the site of the 100 year old Japanese Language School. I quit the tour and walked into the Kalayaan Centre to say hi to my friend Sid Tan, and have a beer with Gim Wong
some of my pictures are available at: