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Dec 08, 2018 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

360º Video Interpretive Walking Tour of 1907 Riots: Community consultation sessions

Open call: Riot Records Wanted

Do you or your family have a personal connection to the 1907 riots or the neighbourhood around that time? Share these experiences with us at one of our free community consultation sessions, the next one taking place December 8, 2018.

Date: December 8, 2018
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Hall of One Hundred Rivers, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 578 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Free to attend

Walk-ins are welcome to our consultation sessions, though advance registration is appreciated. Please RSVP below or email deanna.chan@vancouverchinesegarden.com to register.


On September 7, 1907, a parade and demonstration organized by Vancouver’s Asiatic Exclusion League met at City Hall, attracting thousands of participants. Roiling with anti-Asian fervor, the demonstration soon turned into a rioting mob, carving a path of violence through Chinatown and Japantown (Nihonmachi). The attack took place over the course of three days, leaving shattered storefronts and communal pain in its wake.

The Garden is collaborating with local artist Henry Tsang to develop and run a 360º Video Interpretive Walking Tour of the 1907 riots. The video follows the path taken by the rioters, providing an immersive experience that acts as a fulsome document of today’s Chinatown and Nihonmachi and a marker to look back upon when viewed in years to come. Through the perspective of the riots, the project also brings into focus the anti-Asian sentiment of the time in Vancouver, which was a precursor to the Chinese Exclusion Act and internment of Japanese Canadians in the Second World War.

Free guided tours with mobile devices and headphones provided will be available on several dates in summer 2019 (TBA). Through the use of this new 360º video technology, we are hoping to educate and promote awareness around a part of our collective history that implicates us all.

360º Video Interpretive Walking Tour of 1907 Riots is presented by artist Henry Tsang in collaboration with Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, with support from the Neighbourhood Matching Fund of the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation. Community partners include the Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall, the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC, Carnegie Community Centre, and Emily Carr University of Art & Design.

Photograph: “Hastings Street and Columbia Street, southeast corner after anti-oriental riots of 1907.” University of British Columbia Library. Rare Books and Special Collections.

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