May 13, 2009

Preceedings of 2009 International Conference

CHINATOWN AND BEYOND

  • May 13-15, 2009
  • This event will provide a forum for the interdisciplinary examination of the historical development, global significance, key characteristics, evolution and future of the world’s “Chinatowns”. A Chinatown is both a demographic entity of cultural insularity outside of greater China and a psychological phenomenon. This interdisciplinary conference aims to examine Chinatowns as working communities that have often emerged in urban areas where mutual benevolence in the face of poverty, racism and loneliness created social cohesion and subsequently a broad array of distinctive economic, social and cultural activities along with a unique infrastructure.

May 13 (Wednesday)
500 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC

5:00-7:00pm
Segal Graduate School of Business, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver BC

May 14 (Thursday)
Room 1400 - Harbour Centre
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC
8:30 - 9:00am

Registration

9:00am-10:30pm Chinatowns Historical Perspectives


David Chuen-yan Lai, Prof. Emeritus, Geography, University of Victoria. “Transformation of Chinatowns”
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(181MB)


Henry Yu, Associate Professor, History, University of British Columbia. "Chinatowns Past for Our Future"
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Alison Marshall, Associate Professor, Religious Studies, Brandon University. “Sun Yatsen on the Prairies”
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(168MB)


Chair: Jan Walls, Founding Director David Lam Centre and Emeritus Professor, Department of Humanities and Asia‐Canada Program, Simon Fraser University
10:30am-11:00am Break
11:00am-12:30pm Renewed Vision for Chinatown: Respecting the Past, Planning for the Future

Jessica Chen, City of Vancouver Planning Department.
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Fred Mah, Chinatown Society Heritage Buildings Association
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Inge Roecker, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of British Columbia
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Dan Abramson, Associate Professor and Interim Chair, Urban Design and Planning University of Washington
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Chair and Discussant: Henry Yu, Associate Professor, History, University of British Columbia

12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch

1:30pm-2:30pm

Presentation: John W. Berry, Emeritus Professor, Psychology, Queen's University. “Acculturation and Adaptation of Immigrants”
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Chair and Discussant: Rosalie Tung, Ming & Stella Wong Professor of International Business, Faculty of Business Administration, Simon Fraser University
2:30pm-3:00pm Break
3:00pm-4:30pm Chinatowns and Migration

Éva S.Kriszt, Rector and Judit Hidasi, Dean, Budapest Business School. “Chinese Presence in Hungary”
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K L Alex Lau, Associate Professor, Law, Hong Kong Baptist University. “Immigration and Nationality Anomalies of Hong Kong 1842-1997: The Chinatown in China”
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Chair: Jan Walls, Founding Director David Lam Centre and Emeritus Professor, Department of Humanities and Asia-Canada Program, Simon Fraser University
 4:30‐5:00pm In Chinatown ‐ Film Screening

David Mcilwraith and Rina Fraticelli, Wild Zone Films
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“Chinatown: Past, Present, and Future”
6:30pm-9:30pm Gala Dinner at Floata Seafood Restaurant
400 - 180 Keefer Street, Vancouver, BC. TEL: 604. 602.0368

May 15 (Friday)
Room 1400 - Harbour Centre
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3
8:30 - 9:00am Registration
9:00am-10:30am Economics and Global Mobility

Rosalie Tung, Ming & Stella Wong Professor of International Business, Faculty of Business Administration, Simon Fraser University.  “The Role of the Diaspora in Trade Facilitation”
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Hye-Soon Kim, Professor, Sociology, Keimyung University. “Chinese Immigrant Community or Ethnic Enclave: A Challenge in One Ethnic and Consanguine South Korea”
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Chair: Paul Crowe, Director, David Lam Centre and Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Asia-Canada Program, Simon Fraser University
10:30am-11:00am Break
11:00am-12:30pm Chinese Media Panel

Shuyu Kong, Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Asia-Canada Program, Simon Fraser University.
“Performing Multicultural Citizenship: Current Affair Talk Shows and Locally Produced Chinese TV in Metro Vancouver”
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Ian Song, Digital Initiative Coordinator, Simon Fraser University Library. “Preserving History and Building the Future: The Multicultural Canada – Chinese Times Project”
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Fan Hu and Ning Wang, Communications, Hong Kong Baptist University and Li Jiang, Communications, Cornell University.
“Chinese Diasporic Communities Online and Offline: The Effects of Internet Use on Offline Involvement and Participation”
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Chair: Jan Walls, Founding Director, David Lam Centre and Emeritus Professor, Department of Humanities and Asia-Canada Program, Simon Fraser University
12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm-3pm Media Roundtable
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Mr. Zaixin Ma, Dawa Business Press and HuaYu Internet TV Station, President


Mr. Xiaojun Zhang, Singtao Daily, Senior Editor


Mr. Yunrong Huang, Global Chinese News, Chief Editor


Mr. Guo Ding, Omni News, Producer and Editor


Mr. William Wah, Mingpao Daily, Marketing Manager


Mr. Andy Cheung, AM1320 CHMB, Editor


Mr. Shangping Han, World Journal, Chief Editor


Ms. Winnie Hwo, Fairchild TV, News Director


Co-discussants and Chairs:
Jan Walls, Founding Director, David Lam Centre and Emeritus Professor, Department of Humanities and Asia-Canada Program, Simon Fraser University

Shuyu Kong, Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Asia-Canada Program, Simon Fraser University
3:00pm-3:30pm Closing Comments and invitation to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
4:00pm-6:00pm Tour of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
and walking tour of Chinatown lead by Chinatown architect Joe Wai