The Province of BC and the City of Vancouver have committed to establishing a brand-new Chinese Canadian Museum, but the government wants you to weigh in on it before going ahead with the project. The province and the City of Vancouver are currently seeking to have Vancouver’s Chinatown established as a United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage site. They are also planning to develop the Chinese Canadian museum, but what form that museum will take is still up for public debate. The Minister of State for Trade, George Chow, is leading the public consultation process.
Four main options that were listed as under consideration in a March 29 advisory report include: a virtual online museum; a living museum and visitor centre; a history museum, featuring a permanent collection and temporary exhibitions; and a history museum and cultural centre which could offer public programming related to Chinese culture and language.
According to a December 14 news release, input can be given by email, by phone (778-698-7746 in Victoria or 1-800-663-7867 from elsewhere in B.C.), or online until 4:30 p.m. on February 8, 2019, in English, Cantonese, or Mandarin.
Community meetings will also be held in Vancouver (January 12), Kamloops (January 19), and Victoria (January 26). Specific dates, times, and locations will be posted on the museum public consultation website, and additional meetings may be added.
Having an open invitation from the government to engage in the future of arts and heritage within our community is a rare and valuable opportunity. We encourage our members to share their views on the new museum and the preservation of Chinese Canadian history and living heritage in BC.
More information, as well as how to submit feedback online, can be found on the BC Government website, here.
The Georgia Straight has already reported on the issue, including a breakdown of potential costs, here.
Also, CHEK News has reported on how the museum may affect Victoria, here.