Identifying Intangible Heritage Values for Vancouver’s Chinatown 

What does Vancouver's Chinatown mean to you? What makes Vancouver's Chinatown unique and special? Why is important to you? What do you value about Vancouver's Chinatown?

Heritage BC is conducting public meetings and gathering public input in August 2015 on behalf of the Province of BC's Ministry of International Trade, in order to identify intangible heritage values for Vancouver's Chinatown.

Although there has been previous recognition of Vancouver's Chinatown as a heritage site, and several previous studies conducted by the City of Vancouver concerning municipal planning and Vancouver's Chinatown, there is fear that the intangible heritage and cultural values, those values difficult to define in terms of architecture and physical features alone, have not been clearly captured. Identifying the intangible heritage values of Vancouver's Chinatown is an important step in ensuring that all the aspects of what makes Vancouver's Chinatown special, unique and culturally significant to the City of Vancouver, the Province of British Columbia, and Canada as a whole, are not lost, but conserved, promoted, and celebrated. 

How can you participate? Drop in to the open house on Thursday August 20, 2015 between 2pm to 6pm at the Chinese Cultural Centre Boardroom at 50 E Pender Street. At the open house participants will be asked to think about Vancouver's Chinatown in relation to different historical, social, and cultural themes and to identify what they value about Vancouver's Chinatown. A description of these themes can be found here. If you can't make the open house share your comments using the online form below, which is available until August 28, 2015. Or do both!

Anyone can provide input. There are no wrong answers and you don't have to be a history or heritage expert to communicate which aspects of the story of Vancouver's Chinatown are important or significant and have contributed to its unique identity.

For more information contact Heritage BC Capacity Planner Karen Dearlove, 778.995.7243.

1. Contact Information
First Name:
Last Name:
Organization (if applicable):
Street Address:
Postal Code:
Website (if applicable):

2. What is your relationship to Vancouver’s Chinatown? (check all that apply)

3. What does Vancouver’s Chinatown mean to you? Write down whatever comes to mind. (max. 150 words)

4. Describe some of the intangible heritage values of Vancouver’s Chinatown. Intangible heritage refers to those things that are not manifested just through physical aspects like artifacts, buildings or landscapes, but through other ways like traditions, customs, events, cuisine, ceremonies, arts, crafts, storytelling, oral histories, etc. Think about the sensory qualities (sights, smells, sounds, tastes, etc.) that describe Vancouver’s Chinatown. Think about the feelings, memories, activities, traditions, events, and people, that you associate with Vancouver’s Chinatown. (max. 150 words)

5. What makes Vancouver’s Chinatown unique, significant, and important to you? What do you value about Vancouver’s Chinatown? (max. 150 words)

6. Are there specific buildings, areas, or physical aspects or resources in Vancouver’s Chinatown that you associate with Vancouver’s Chinatown’s heritage values or significance? (max. 150 words)

7. Is there anything important to you about Vancouver’s Chinatown that you think has been already lost or you are afraid may be lost? (max. 150 words)

8. Is there anything else you would like to say about the intangible heritage values of Vancouver’s Chinatown? (max. 150 words)

9. Are there any documents or images of Vancouver’s Chinatown that you would like to share? You can upload files here.

Each file max 5MB. Browse to select or reselect files. Please review all your information carefully before clicking submit.



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