Vancouver’s recent denial of a development permit for Beedie Living’s 105 Keefer project has reinvigorated conversations about Chinatown’s future, and particularly the adjacent and important public space surrounding the intersection of Keefer and Columbia.
Could Keefer and Columbia be Chinatown’s future? What might it look like, and who gets to decide?
In the past few years, China has been developing the “Belt and Road Initiative” as a response to Western-centric globalization. Referring to both the “Silk Road Economic Belt” and the “21st Century Maritime Silk Road,” this initiative is reshaping Chinese foreign policies and trade relationships with major Eurasian and African countries. Focusing on communication as a key component, this lecture offers a critical analysis of this initiative’s geo-political economy origins, ideological and cultural underpinnings, as well as its possibilities and challenges.