UNESCO World Heritage Site: Business Opportunities for Vancouver’s Chinatown
Join us for a conversation on the benefits for food, retail and businesses in Chinatown, by earning the UNESCO designation. This public forum features Dr. Ho Yin Lee from the University of Hong Kong, and is the second public forum in our Beyond Pender series.
The initiative to apply for UNESCO World Heritage status is one of the recommendations put forward by the Historical Discrimination Against Chinese People in Vancouver Advisory Group’s final report, which was approved by Vancouver’s City Council on 1 November 2017. Promoting Chinatown’s cultural heritage sustainably and respectfully is an integral part of the city’s ongoing reconciliation efforts. The Chinese Canadian Historical Society, Heritage Vancouver Society, and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden are pleased to contribute to this important process by taking the lead to facilitate conversations about the UNESCO World Heritage designation with local communities and concerned parties.
Dr. Ho Yin Lee is a renowned scholar and experienced practitioner of heritage conservation in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Southeast Asia. He is one of the founders and current Division Head of the University of Hong Kong’s Architectural Conservation Programmes, and has been appointed by UNESCO and government agencies as an expert advisor for various heritage projects in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Indonesia, and Singapore. Dr. Lee currently chairs the Heritage Working Group for Tai Kwun (Central Police Station Revitalisation Project) and serves on the Urban Renewal Authority’s Planning, Development, and Conservation Committee in Hong Kong.