Beyond Pender

Throughout 2018-2020, the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of British ColumbiaHeritage Vancouver Society, and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Classical Garden will conduct public outreach and education regarding people-centred approaches towards sustaining and cultivating living heritage.

We will offer a series of free forums and learning opportunities in diverse formats featuring speakers experienced in the field locally and internationally; workshops with policy proposals; guided walkarounds; and online media. In particular, this engagement will complement and serve as a foundation for understanding and participating in Vancouver Chinatown’s bid to be an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

By combining our expertise and resources, we will provide a range of opportunities to examine heritage in general and as it applies to Chinatown. Beyond Pender will present contemporary and evolving perspectives of what constitutes heritage, and the significant social role it plays in bettering communities. This series will also explore the UNESCO application process and the possibilities of what UNESCO World Heritage status could mean and do for Vancouver’s Chinatown and the city.

Next in the series:

July 24, 2019 | Beyond Pandas: History vs. Popular Imagination of Chinatowns

Past sessions:

April 10, 2019 | What is Cultural Tourism in Chinatown?

July 25, 2018 | UNESCO World Heritage Site: Business Opportunities for Vancouver’s Chinatown

May 16, 2018 | Dim Sum, Dried Lizards and Empty Parking Lots: Understanding Cultural Landscapes with Bill Yuen, Executive Director of Heritage Vancouver Society

Starting October 1st the Garden will be open 11am-4pm Friday - Sunday

Explore our Mid-Autumn Moon decorations during your next visit to the Garden and tune in with us on social as we celebrate this annual festival virtually!