Vancouver’s Chinatown was recognized as a National Historic Site of Canada in 2011. Its distinctive architectural features, streetscape, garden spaces and connection to the history of Chinese immigrants make the neighbourhood one of Canada’s most significant urban heritage sites.
In our journey—both literal and figurative—through Chinatown, we will explore the culture and growth of the Chinese community in Vancouver. We’ll look at current social and urban issues like gentrification, transportation, zoning and the ongoing efforts to revitalize Chinatown. We’ll experience some of the community’s living traditions, learn some Cantonese phrases and walk through the neighbourhood to deepen our understanding of the cultural uniqueness of Chinatown.
Note: This course includes classes at SFU’s Vancouver campus (Harbour Centre) and Chinatown House (188 East Pender Street), as well as three walking tours of Chinatown.
Please note that enrollment in this course is reserved for adults 55+.