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Journeying through Chinatowns

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Journeying through Chinatowns



April 30, 2019
September 1, 2019

April 30 September 1

A photography exhibit documenting the present states of historical Chinatowns in Vancouver, Richmond, and New Westminster.

Opening celebration: Saturday, May 4, 2019 | 4:00 pm-6:00 pm (admission by donation)

Shaped by commerce, poverty, and community ties, British Columbia’s Chinatowns housed the majority of the ethnic Chinese immigrants who settled in early, segregated Vancouver. These spaces, although transformed, remain today.

Journeying through Chinatowns includes work by three Vancouver-based photographers who strive to capture the present-day conditions of historical Chinatowns in Vancouver, Richmond, and New Westminster. Through their photographs, they seek to share these evolving spaces and their significance to the people who inhabit them.

A special thanks to Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, Gulf of Georgia Cannery, New Westminster Museum, University of British Columbia, Archie Miller, and Wayne Wou for their contributions to the exhibition.

About the Artists

Rennie Brown
Rennie Brown sees Vancouver’s Chinatown-Strathcona neighbourhood as an opportunity to “capture people and places with connections that span generations.” He studied media arts at Edmonton’s MacEwan University and communications and public relations at Calgary’s Mount Royal University.

Jonathan Desmond
Currently a member of the Wongs’ Benevolent Association, Jonathan Desmond has been documenting Vancouver’s Chinatown through photography since 2013. This intersects, methodologically, with his professional work in documentary wedding and lifestyle photography. Desmond strives to create photographs that allow stories to unfold on their own.

Kayla Isomura
Kayla Isomura’s interest in storytelling through multimedia channels is influenced by her identity as a fourth generation Canadian of mixed Chinese and Japanese heritage. As a photographer, she strives to “explore narratives of intergenerational trauma and racialized identity.” Isomura received her Diploma in Journalism from Langara College.