Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is a registered museum and cultural heritage site, with a mission to promote Chinese culture and cross-cultural understanding. The Garden’s story spans miles and centuries, serving as a bridge for opportunities of learning and exchange.
As the first authentic full-scale Chinese garden built outside of China, the Garden is a living example of ancient Chinese architecture, design, and lifestyle. At the same time, it is rooted in the more modern history of Vancouver’s Chinatown (a National Historic Site of Canada) and Chinese immigration to Canada. As such, the Garden is an excellent resource for anyone interested in or working in these areas.
We offer educational programming for all ages in a variety of formats on subjects related to Chinatown, horticulture, and Chinese art, culture, and heritage. Check out our offer of exhibitions, tours, and events.
We can recommend a number of publications focused on subjects relating to the Garden, the history of Vancouver’s Chinatown, and Chinese culture and heritage:
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
Keswick, Maggie, et al. In a Chinese Garden: The Art, Architecture and Life of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden Society, 2016. | Available for purchase in the Eight Treasures Shop.
Vancouver’s Chinatown and Chinese Immigration
Anderson, Kay J. Vancouver’s Chinatown: Racial Discourse in Canada, 1875-1980. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1991.
Preliminary Research on Historical Discrimination Against Chinese People in Vancouver. City of Vancouver, 2017. | Download PDF
Fang, Xiaofeng. The Great Gardens of China: history, concepts, techniques. The Monacelli Press, 2010.
Keswick, Maggie. The Chinese Garden: History, Art and Architecture. Harvard University Press, 1986.
Fu, Xinian. Traditional Chinese Architecture: Twelve Essays. Princeton University Press, 2017.
Knapp, Ronald G. Chinese Houses: The Architectural Heritage of a Nation. Tuttle Publishing, 2004.
Additional resources can be found on our blog as well.
If you wish to speak with Garden staff for a project, please send in an interview request 3-4 weeks in advance. Your request should include a description of your project and the project deadline. Please review our recommended reading before reaching out for an interview. Requests should be directed to [email protected].