Asian Heritage Month


Asian Heritage on The Early Edition

Monday, May 4, 2009 | 06:40 PM ET


Ten years ago four rusty boats landed off the shores of BC. They carried hundreds of migrants from the Chinese province of Fujian. This event sparked fierce debate amongst Canadians about whether the refugees should stay or be deported back to China. Tune into the Early Edition May 19th to 22nd as they tell you what happened to some of the 599 migrants who landed on our shores; and find out how this event changed our immigration system and sense of identity as Canadians.

The Early Edition airs weekdays 5:30 to 8:37 a.m. on CBC Radio One in Britsh Columbia.

Vancouver's Chinatown, 1968

Thursday, April 30, 2009 | 07:21 PM ET


Vancouver Chinatown rooming house, 1902 (BC Archives)

Between Ourselves was a weekly series of hour-long radio programs that presented Canada to Canadians. It featured aspects of Canadian life in docudramas, plays, music, and interviews, originating from different regions of Canada. The series ran on CBC Radio from 1966 to 1979. This episode is a documentary examining the anatomy of Vancouver's Chinatown as a society within a society. Chinese young and old provide their impressions of Chinatown today, and comment on the social, political and cultural influences that have played a part in shaping the community. The episode orginally aired March 3rd, 1968.

The producer was Harold Gray and the writer was Paddy Hynan.

Thank-you to BC Archives for access to the sound recording.

Part 1 audio(Runs 32:11)

Part 2 audio(Runs 24:49)

Good Citizens

Monday, May 26, 2008 | 07:00 PM ET
The Good Citizens

From CBC Archives, an exploration of Chinese-Canadian identity in 1960s Canada. The two-part documentaryThe Good Citizens originally aired in August 1964 on the Vancouver-produced series Camera West. The title is attributed to the idea that despite the prejudice directed against them in earlier decades, Chinese-Canadians had proven to be "good citizens."

The selected episode, Search for the Past Watch video(runs 8:00) explores the impact of modern life and social concerns on Chinese-Canadian identity as well as the history of anti-Chinese prejudice in western North America and the Chinese response. The subject is examined from the viewpoint of young Chinese-Canadian Bob Lee, with comments from several other interviewees. Includes footage of Vancouver's Chinatown by day.

Edmonton: Chinese migration timeline

Thursday, May 22, 2008 | 01:25 PM ET

Edmonton's Chinese community is as diverse as the city itself.

Although the first Chinese immigrants arrived in Canada in 1858 for the gold rush, the first major wave of Chinese migration was between 1881-1885 when the Canadian Pacific Railway brought in nearly 6,500 Chinese workers to build the railway.

This timeline gives the full history of Chinese migration to Canada, Alberta and Edmonton. Click on a date to navigate.

Ottawa: Bytown Museum

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 | 06:50 PM ET

People familiar with the Mandarin language could soon have their ears opened to a new side of Ottawa. The Bytown Museum will be offering audio guides in six languages, including Mandarin. It's fitting, perhaps, that during Asian Heritage month, Asians will have a new way to learn about their city's past. This week, a select group of volunteers donned the headphones to give the museum's new audio guide a test run.

CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning went down to capture the sounds. Listen Audio (runs 4:17)

Members of the public will be able to take an audio tour of the Bytown Museum in six different languages starting June 13. You can learn about the stories and exhibits of Ottawa in English and French, as well as Mandarin, Japanese, Spanish, and German.

Ottawa: Gift of Freedom

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 | 06:44 PM ET

They fled in the thousands, packed into tiny ships searching for a life of freedom. Almost thirty years ago, people in Ottawa opened their homes took to a group of refugees known as the 'boat people.' They called their movement Project 4000 and it would change the face of the city, even the country. Brian Buckley was one of those people who volunteered to be a sponsor. And now, he's put all that history into a new book called Gift of Freedom: How Ottawa Welcomed the Vietnamese, Cambodian and Laotian Refugees. It's published by General Store Publishing House.

CBC Radio's All in a Day spoke with Brian Buckley Listen Audio (runs 12:35)

Edmonton: Videos from the archives

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 | 01:38 PM ET

Three videos from CBC Edmonton's television archives.

Edmonton's Chinatown Gate grand opening (Runs 1:14)
The official opening of the Chinatown Gate. The gate was a symbolic display of friendship between the people of the twinned cities of Edmonton and Harbin, China.

Mandarin language program one-of-a-kind in Edmonton (Runs 8:29)
Language is one of the strongest links to culture and community. For many Chinese immigrants, Edmonton's unique Mandarin school program is a way for their kids to keep in touch with their Chinese heritage.

Vietnamese restaurant Pagolac (Runs 2:48)
Thuan Ngo is one of many Vietnamese boat people who eventually found a home in Edmonton. Here, he managed to start over again, building a new life and the Pago-lacs--two of Edmonton's favorite restaurants.

Calgary: Stanley Jones Grocery

Tuesday, May 6, 2008 | 05:15 PM ET
Stanley Jones Grocery in Calgary (Derek MacDougall/Calgary)

Stanley Jones Grocery is a Renfrew/Bridgeland landmark in Calgary. It has been in the neighbourhood for a long time - a hundred years. While it was built by pioneers, like many cornerstores in Calgary, it is now run by new immigrants.

The Chaw family came from South Korea nearly five years ago. They work around the clock making homemade food and serving their community. And while the work is hard, the Chaw's say they do it all for their children.

The Eyeopener's Carla Turner dropped in on the family. Watch audio (runs 4:38)

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