360 Riot Walk
360 Riot Walk is an audio-visual experience developed by Henry Tsang that traces the history and route of the mob that attacked Vancouver’s Chinese Canadian and Japanese Canadian communities following a demonstration and parade organized by the city’s Asiatic Exclusion League.
The 1907 Anti-Asian Riots are one of the most significant events in this city’s history, and reflect the socio-political environment of the time, when many communities were targeted through legislative and physical acts of exclusion and violence. Using a mix of present-day and archival photographs and documents, the tour uses 360° video technology to offer an immersive view of this important chapter in Vancouver’s complex story.
The project will be made available for online streaming, allowing people to explore the story on their own outside of the scheduled tours. The full soundtrack will be accessible in English, Cantonese, Japanese, and Punjabi.
360 Riot Walk is produced by Henry Tsang in collaboration with Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. Partners include the Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall, the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC, Carnegie Community Centre, and the Basically Good Media Lab at Emily Carr University. This Project has been supported through the Neighbourhood Matching Fund of the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, SSHRC Explore Grant, and Emily Carr University of Art & Design.
360 Riot Walk Programming
Learn more about 360 Riot Walk at the launch on Saturday, July 27, 2-4pm. Programming includes a workshop on 360° video technology led by Sean Arden from Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
A limited number of free guided tours in English will run on two weekends in August and September, with tablets and headphones provided. Participants can register for the August 3 & 4 tours at the Powell Street Festival. Registration for the September 7 & September 8 tours can be completed through Eventbrite.
Community consultation sessions were held from November – December 2018 to engage the community in this important piece of history and involve them in the planning process itself. Read about the first session on our blog.