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Journeys of Hope - Hong Kong University Book Launch

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Hong Kong University ACP Conservation Studio, Room 701

7th Floor, Knowles Building, HKU Main Campus

MTR Exit A2 of HKU Station

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Join us on December 17, 2018, when the City of Vancouver and the University of British Columbia (UBC) will launch the official edition of Journeys of Hope: Challenging Discrimination and Building on Vancouver Chinatown’s Legacies in Hong Kong. Author Dr. Henry Yu and co-editors Sarah Ling and Baldwin Wong will be in attendance to speak about the process of making the book, as well as to highlight special stories.

Created through a partnership between the City of Vancouver and UBC, this book grows out of a commitment to collaboratively plan and develop a UNESCO World Heritage Status application for Vancouver’s Chinatown. This edition builds on the commemorative version unveiled at the Vancouver City Council’s special meeting in Chinatown on April 22, 2018, capturing the historical moment when the City formally apologized for its past involvement in the discrimination and racism against early Chinese Canadian immigrants and their families.

Remarkably, the apology was delivered in three languages—English, Cantonese, and Sze Yup dialect—by then Mayor Gregor Robertson, former City Councillor Maggie Ip, and the Honorable Bill Yee. The groundbreaking trilingual apology is the result of the ongoing efforts of the City Council, City staff, community members and organizations, and UBC researchers. Written in both English and Chinese, this bilingual hardcover version of Journeys of Hope reaffirms the commitment of UBC to helping Vancouver and British Columbia with historical reconciliation through multilingual engagement in community building, outreach, and education.

The book reflects the latest research on Chinese historical migration to Vancouver and to Canada. Beautifully illustrated, it captures in accessible and poignant language the history of Chinese in BC and in Canada based on UBC researchers' work over the last 15 years.

This event is co-hosted by:
UBC Initiative for Student Teaching & Research in Chinese Canadian Studies (INSTRCC)
City of Vancouver Chinatown Transformation Team
HKU Architectural Conservation Program (HKU-ACP).

UBC INSTRCC and HKU-ACP are formal research partners in supporting the City of Vancouver in the process of UNESCO World Heritage designation for Vancouver's Chinatown.


Timing: The formal program will begin by 7:30pm. Light refreshments will be provided.

Book sales: The book is a 10" x 10" hardcover, and the event sale price for each book is $200 HKD. All proceeds will go towards student projects at the UBC Chinatown office through the Initiative for Student Teaching and Research in Chinese Canadian Studies. Payments can be made by cash or credit card.


Dr. Henry Yu served on the Historical Discrimination Against Chinese People Advisory Group that researched the history of anti-Chinese discrimination in Vancouver and made the recommendation to Vancouver City Council to make a formal apology in Chinatown and to commit to pursuing a UNESCO World Heritage designation. He teaches in History and the Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies Program at the University of British Columbia, and is the Principal of UBC St. John's College.

Sarah Ling is the Community Engagement Manager at UBC St. John's College and President of the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC based in Vancouver.

Baldwin Wong is the Co-Lead of the City of Vancouver's Chinatown Transformation Team, and a Senior Social Policy Planner. He helped oversee the Historical Discrimination Against Chinese People Advisory Group.

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Hong Kong University ACP Conservation Studio, Room 701

7th Floor, Knowles Building, HKU Main Campus

MTR Exit A2 of HKU Station

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