Monthly archive


From our friends at the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of B.C.:

"CCHSBC is pleased to host “Saltwater City for Youth”, a one week day camp for young teens, August 12-16.  The objective of the camp is to educate young teens about the role Chinese Canadians have played in the historic development of Vancouver and how they continue to shape the city.  Field trips include Museum of Vancouver, Chinatown, UBC and Steveston.

Please visit the website for the registration form and more information. Inform your friends and relatives of this exciting opportunity to learn about Chinese Canadian history. Teens of all backgrounds are welcome. Early registration is recommended, $160 for CCHS members and $200 for non-members.

 CCHSBC kindly acknowledges financial funding from the Province of B.C. and support from the Museum of Vancouver."


Passage of Dreams is a documentary filmed in 2012 and premiered at a special event earlier this year at UBC about Dr. Chung and his collection. We're really excited to announce that it has been nominated for a Golden Sheaf Award which is part of the Yorkton Film Festival in Saskatchewan. Much of the documentary was filmed at the Chung Collection in the Rare Books and Special Collections branch, which was a fun and interesting experience for all of our staff. Our congratulations to director Karin Lee!

If you don't happen to be in Saskatchewan and would like to see the film, DVD's can be borrowed at several library branches.


If you're lucky enough to live in Vancouver or a place with a similar climate, you're starting to see the cherry blossoms bloom. Vancouverites look forward to this time of year as our city is home to many cherry trees. According to the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, the trend for planting cherry trees started in Vancouver in the early 1930's when the mayors of Kobe and Yokohama donated 500 cherry trees to be planted in Vancouver, to honour Japanese Canadians who fought in WWI.

To honour this time of year, our featured photograph for the month of April shows cherry blossoms in Tokyo:

This photograph, like many from the Chung Collection depicting international scenes, is part of a scrapbook kept by world travelers on the Canadian Pacific Railway lines. These particular travelers took both the Empress of India steamship throughout Asia, and a train tour in North America. You can see in the bottom right corner that the photograph was distributed commercially and sold to travelers for their photograph album- this was common practice before owning a camera for your personal use became common. This album was assembled in 1910.

To check out good cherry blossom viewing and related events in Vancouver, be sure to check the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival website!

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