130 Years in the Making: A Brief History of Vancouver’s Chinatown

By Shawn O’Hara
Vancity Buzz, Feb 2, 2016

Image: Vancouver Chinatown Market Alley circa 1940s. Courtesy of SFU David See-Chai Lam Centre for International Communication and Vancity Buzz(Image: Vancouver Chinatown Market Alley circa 1940s. Courtesy of SFU David See-Chai Lam Centre for International Communication and Vancity Buzz)

Since before the city’s founding, Vancouver has been home to a significant Chinese population. As the people behind much of the city’s industry, trades and economic activity, the early days of Vancouver were defined in large part by its Chinese residents.

So to celebrate Chinese New Year, which takes place on February 8, we decided to take a brief look back at the 130-year history of one of Vancouver’s most culturally significant neighbourhoods. Read more…

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