A Conversation with Carol Lee: Vancouver’s Landmark Chinatown Storytelling Centre

Photo: Tara Lee

For Carol Lee, the new Chinatown Storytelling Centre embodies the narratives of the Chinese Canadians who worked, played, ate, and built strong community ties in the vibrant historical neighbourhood. “Chinatown holds a place in the hearts of so many Vancouverites,” she says. Lee, Chair of the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation, has her own personal connections to the area. Her grandfather opened a dry goods and furnishing store there in 1921, she went to Chinese school in Chinatown as a child, and she and her family celebrated countless family occasions over delicious food at nearby restaurants.

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A Conversation with Carol Lee: Vancouver’s Landmark Chinatown Storytelling Centre

Chinatown Storytelling Centre Celebrates the Powerful Resilience of the Chinese Canadian Journey, Exhibition Opens November 6

The Vancouver Chinatown Foundation’s highly anticipated Chinatown Storytelling Centre (168 E Pender Street), located in the heart of Chinatown, officially opens on Friday, November 5, 2021. This purpose-built space presents the stories of early Chinese immigrants, whose legendary resilience reshaped not only their own lives, but played a critical role in the building of Canada.

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Chinatown Storytelling Centre Celebrates the Powerful Resilience of the Chinese Canadian Journey, Exhibition Opens November 6