February 2, 2022

‘Chinatown Forever Changing’: Jim Wong-Chu’s Pender East.’

PHSC Thesis Award Laureate Brandon Leung’s thesis explores the historical context of late Asian Canadian artist and activist Jim Wong- Chu’s photographic and poetic album Pender East, which is held in the Jim Wong-Chu fonds, University of British Columbia Library Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC). In it, Leung discusses the album in the context of Asian Canadian Cultural Activism of the 1970s, the same time period when the photographs within the album were taken, applying the movement’s relationship to community, history, and cultural representation to his analysis. Additionally, He outlines how the relationship between the album and the knowledge surrounding it can be maintained through its catalogue record.