December 5, 2023

December 2023 Joy Kogawa Writer-in-Residence events featuring Wiley Ho

Dec 9 at VPL Central Branch 350 W Georgia St @2-3pm - FREE

Dec 10 at WV Memorial Library Marine Drive and 21 Street @3-4pm - FREE

Dec 14 at Historic Joy Kogawa House as the writer-in-residence @7-8:30pm - Registration includes a copy of the anthology: Eventbrite

October 30, 2023

168 Magazine Launch Party

Join the Chinatown Storytelling Centre and re:Naissance Opera for the launch of ‘168’ – a new youth-led magazine that spotlights diverse perspectives shaping the future of Vancouver’s Chinatown.

Marking 100 years since the passage of the Chinese Immigration Act, this unique publication explores the community’s creative aspirations for the century to come.

Spearheaded by Blake Abbie, an acclaimed Chinese-Scottish Canadian artist and editor based in Vancouver and New York Chinatowns, and in collaboration with a talented team of high school students from across the lower Mainland, '168' empowers youth-driven storytelling and community engagement.

The launch will feature live music, refreshments, and readings from the magazine’s “Letters to the Future” with Blake Abbie and Chinese Canadian author Madeleine Thien.

Come celebrate with us!

When: Sunday, November 26, 2023 | 3:30-5:30pm
Where: Chinatown Storytelling Centre
Cost: $15-35 per person


October 29, 2023

"Our Journey Continues" with Paul Yee at the Chinatown Storytelling Centre on November 25

A story about family, loss, and resilience Join us for an intimate evening of storytelling with beloved Chinese Canadian author Paul Yee. We’ll travel back in time with Paul to hear about his origins in Spalding, Saskatchewan and his childhood in Vancouver’s Chinatown. We are excited to have special guest, Scott McIntyre, founding partner of Douglas & McIntyre - publisher of Paul’s award-winning book Saltwater City - who will guide us through Paul's remarkable journey as a prolific writer. There will be time to share tea and cookies with Paul after his presentation, along with a chance to get your books signed. Foo Hung Curios has many of Paul's titles for purchase.

Saturday, November 25, 2023, 4-5:30pm Where: Chinatown Storytelling Centre

October 24, 2023

From the Video Archives of Sid Chow Tan on Friday November 3

In honour of longtime Downtown Eastside documentarian and organiser Sid Chow Tan, this screening features a selection from his extraordinary collection of volunteer-produced video journalism. Sid’s vast archive depicts four decades of struggles, victories, celebrations, and everyday lives of DTES and Chinatown communities. On this occasion of one year since his passing, these selections honour the creative power of community-based media and the courage to shape our realities together. The screening is presented with gratitude and in solidarity with the friends, organisers, community television volunteers and staff who made possible the production, broadcast, and archive of these videos. Selections compiled by Sid’s collaborator Byron Peters.

This event is part of the Heart of the City Festival on Friday, November 3, 6pm - 7pm Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main Free

October 3, 2023

Once Upon a Time on a Chinatown Night Tickets, Fri, 3 Nov 2023 at 7:30 PM

As part of the Heart of the City Festival 2023, Once Upon a Time on a Chinatown Night follows the personal journey of Shon Wong and his search for family, identity and purpose. The production features original Chynatruckerfunk music by the Son of James Band, historical projections by Elwin Xie, story by Shon Wong, with narrator Ramona Mar and special guests.  A Son of James production in association with Vancouver Moving Theatre.