Forum #1 - Dim Sum, Dried Lizards and Empty Parking Lots: Understanding Cultural Landscapes with Bill Yuen, Executive Director of Heritage Vancouver Society
Dates: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Time: 7:00-8:30 pm
Admission: Free (Registration required)
Please use the entrance on Carrall Street
This session challenges traditional understandings of heritage that focus largely on architectural works and grand monuments. Contemporary understanding and practice is actually quite different and complex. Rather than focusing exclusively on physical objects, cultural landscapes focus on relationships between people and their environment and the interrelationships between tangible and intangible aspects of a place.
We will use a range of examples from across the world, to introduce this complex form of heritage. A discussion of values based heritage will be an important part of this and we will take a short delve into the intangible heritage values work done for Chinatown in 2015 as an illustration. We will also tie this in with the concepts of “authenticity” and “integrity” as a basis for understanding UNESCO World Heritage and see what they mean and how they are applied in real life with real examples. Although there are a few technical concepts, we will do our best to convey them in an easy to follow way and ensure the session is interactive and thought provoking! We also take some time to have a conversation with participants about how all these ideas apply in Chinatown.
About Beyond Pender
Throughout 2018-2020, the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of British Columbia, Heritage Vancouver Society, and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Classical Garden will conduct public outreach and education regarding people-centred approaches towards sustaining and cultivating living heritage.
We will offer a series of free forums and learning opportunities in diverse formats featuring speakers experienced in the field locally and internationally; workshops with policy proposals; guided walkarounds; and online media. In particular, this engagement will complement and serve as a foundation for understanding and participating in Vancouver Chinatown’s bid to be an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
By combining our expertise and resources, we will provide a range of opportunities to examine heritage in general and as it applies to Chinatown. Beyond Pender will present contemporary and evolving perspectives of what constitutes heritage, and the significant social role it plays in bettering communities. This series will also explore the UNESCO application process and the possibilities of what UNESCO World Heritage status could mean and do for Vancouver’s Chinatown and the city.