People and cars near the Chinatown Memorial Gate

Chinatown Reimagined forum highlights revitalization efforts and future directions

October 4 2021 –

Our Chinatown Transformation Team and the Chinatown Legacy Stewardship Group are partnering with the University of British Columbia’s Initiative for Student Teaching and Research in Chinese Canadian Studies to present Chinatown Reimagined through a launch event and interactive sessions.

The forum launch (October 16) and interactive sessions (October 22-23) will be held online. 

Register for a session  

The forum is open to all and registration is required for all virtual forum sessions. You may register for as many or few sessions as preferred. 

Launch event

The launch event will feature an introduction to the Chinatown Transformation process, as well as project highlights. The interactive sessions will explore innovative, community-led approaches on key topics including:

  • The significance of both tangible and intangible cultural heritage, creating a thriving cultural heritage economy
  • Sustainable community capacity-building
  • Long-term stewardship for the future of Chinatown

Chinatown Reimagined

Chinatown Reimagined marks the culmination of a three-year long process of engaging with the Chinatown community and stakeholders as we work to develop a Chinatown Cultural Heritage Asset Management Plan (CHAMP), which will outline priority projects, actions, partners, and resources to foster a vibrant Chinatown. 

The forum’s website showcases the work of the Chinatown Transformation Team and Chinatown Legacy Stewardship Group, providing background and updates on projects, research, vision, and planning. The content is available in English and Traditional Chinese. 

Chinatown Transformation Team

The Chinatown Transformation Team is a dedicated team of City staff formed in 2018 to work with the community and key partners on sustaining Chinatown’s legacy and developing long-term plans for the community.

The Chinatown Legacy Stewardship Group was established in 2019, and is made up of 35 community representatives who bring forward a broad range of perspectives and interests to guide community actions and provide advice to staff on the development of a Cultural Heritage Asset Management Plan for Chinatown. 

Initiative for Student Teaching and Research in Chinese Canadian Studies

Formed in 2007, the UBC Initiative for Student Teaching and Research in Chinese Canadian Studies (INSTRCC) engages and empowers students to conduct community-based research relevant to Chinese Canadian communities. INSTRCC co-develops collaborative educational programming alongside community and institutional partners, while facilitating meaningful youth engagement in Chinatown and other public places.