media release

Chinese migration documentary wins Leo Award

July 14, 2011

Jordan Paterson, SFU Teaching and Learning Centre, 778.782.8580 (office), 778.847.7806 (cell),
Dixon Tam, SFU PAMR,, 778.782.8742

Simon Fraser University’s Teaching and Learning Centre has won a Leo Award for Best Short Documentary Program for From C to C: Chinese Canadian stories of migration, produced and directed by Jordan Paterson.

During a series of 20 interviews, the hour-long film explores the impact of the Head Tax and Exclusion Act on Chinese immigrants between 1923-47 through the reflections of their Chinese-Canadian descendants and recent immigrant youth. The film also celebrates how Chinese-Canadian pioneers helped to build Canada.

Developed in collaboration with the immigrant services agency SUCCESS, the film includes an accompanying learning guide and website where people can upload their own migration stories. They can also navigate an interactive historical timeline that includes more than 60 video interviews.

“This project ... connected us to many communities committed to social change in Canada and China,” says Paterson, and thanks to their support and collaboration “these stories will now reach today’s youth and the community at large. It was a real privilege.”

The film was funded with a $200,000 grant from the federal government’s Community Historical Recognition Program. Not only did B.C. historians, community organizations and activists lend their voices to the film, but they also helped Paterson and his research team sift through voluminous legal histories, private and public archives, and other documents.

From C to C: Chinese Canadian Stories of Migration will air July 16 at 5 pm (PST) on CBC-TV:

  • TELUS Optik TV subscribers: Channel 602 (HD)
  • Shaw Cable subscribers: Channel 209 (HD) and Channel 3 (SD)

The annual Leo Awards is B.C.ʼs premier film and television competition.


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