History and Immigration Field Trips and Resources
Our Garden in Chinatown is the perfect place to bring history to life. Programs in this section discuss content such as immigration and discriminatory government policies and their legacies. Themes relate directly to the Social Studies curriculum.
Other Social Studies content covered here includes Chinese inventions and innovation.
For Grades 4 and up.
Contact our Education Programs Coordinator to customize your visit. We are happy to work with you to create a meaningful and memorable day for your group.
Chinese Canadian History Resources
There are many excellent resources available about the important history of the Chinese Canadian experience.
Discover places to visit plus recommendations for websites, books and films.
This page will be updated frequently to reflect new exhibits, research and recommendations.
NEW! Chinatown, Existing (Grades 9 and 10)
Chinese Canadians have had and continue to have diverse and complex relationships with Canada. Racial discrimination against Chinese Canadians in particular was prevalent in Canadian history, yet the individual voices of Chinese Canadians and their stories of resilience are often left out of the historical narrative. In this three-part field trip consisting of a visit to the Chinese Canadian Museum, the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden, as well as a mini Chinatown walking tour, students will explore the endurance of Vancouver Chinatown and the resilience of the Chinese Canadian community through stories of food, community, and activism.
3 hours | $24 per student
Visit the Chinatown, Existing page for more information and to make a booking.
Crossing Borders: An Immigrant's Tale (Grades 4 and up)
Using our immigration suitcases and other materials, learn about the objects, stories, and lives of Chinese immigrants and those they interacted with in ‘Gold Mountain’ from the mid-1800s onwards.
90 minutes | $8 per student
Combine with Chinatown Walking Tour: $16 per student
LINKS TO LEARNING RESOURCES (PDF):
Master Fong's Fireworks (Grades 4 and up)
Many things were invented by the Ancient Chinese, including fireworks. Learn about Chinese inventions in the Garden, and end the program by launching Alka-Seltzer fire arrows!