March 2017 Newsletter

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It's a New Year!
We concluded a busy 2016 with a successful AGM and historical walk through Strathcona. The Year of the Monkey was packed with fun activities and created tremendous momentum as we piloted several innovative programs. Some of them will be repeated in the future no doubt. As Metro Vancouver was first covered under the white blanket this winter, Directors George Ing, Henry Yu and Winnie Cheung were basking in the sun in Hong Kong, marking a very special milestone in history to commemorate the tie that binds us across the Pacific Ocean.

2017 started with lots of activities behind the scenes as the new Board kicked into action and met with partners identifying sites for the physical museum. In that regard, we will be moving into a fundraising mode this year. We are extremely pleased to be selected as the beneficiary of a benefit concert in Vancouver in July. Please stay tuned by visiting our website regularly!

Read on for many exciting developments!
In this Newsletter, You Will Find:
A Letter from the President, Harbhajan Gill
- Upcoming Events and Call for Volunteers
- New Director Feature: Richard N. Liu
- Other 2017 Events
- Past Events
- More from PCHC-MoM
A Few Words from Our New President, Harbhajan Gill
Dear Friends and Members,

Happy New Year!

I am honoured to serve the Pacific Canada Heritage Centre - Museum of Migration Society as the organization's newly elected President. As a group, we are so excited to take the next steps in the process towards our dream project of establishing a museum of migration on the west coast of Canada, and bringing the project to the public in the coming year. We have many events planned for Canada's 150th anniversary, and are honoured to be working with many like-minded partners in 2017.

I am extremely proud of our group and the dedication of our volunteers and new members, who are putting their hearts and souls into some great events this year. I would also take this opportunity to acknowledge outgoing Henry Yu and David Wong for their contribution and to our Immediate Past President Winnie Cheung who will stay on the board in that capacity this year.

Please help us get the word out about our society by sharing our newsletter with your own friends or by encouraging them to sign up directly at!

Thank you and we hope to see you around!


Harbhajan Gill

Upcoming Events and Call for Volunteers
PCHC-MoM is pleased to be an institutional partner in an oral history project called Block by Block spear-headed by The Ward Museum of Toronto. This is an exciting project focusing on three neighbourhoods -- Strathcona in Vancouver, St John's Ward in Toronto, and finally Cote-des-Neiges in Montreal -- where historically new immigrants have made their first home. 

Hiring NOW: 3 regional coordinators and 6 youth fellowships! For details and to apply for the positions, please visit:

We are accepting applications for Vancouver positions until March 10th.
New Director Feature: Richard N. Liu
Our newly-elected director Richard N. Liu has unique and strong Canada-China ties which run in three generations of his family. Born and raised in Canada, Richard resided in Beijing for over twenty years, where he founded the influential “Canadians in China” network and the Canadian Alumni Network, connecting thousands of graduates of Canada’s post-secondary institutions who currently reside in China. Richard's career covers the realms of public relations, diplomacy, major events organization, and education. He has been a leader in the development of a wide variety of volunteer projects in China, such as the Terry Fox Run and Special Olympics in Beijing. Richard has volunteered at three Olympic Games and was also Team Attaché, a key member of the Canadian Paralympic Committee delegation for the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Summer Games. He and his family now resides in Burnaby, BC.
Other 2017 Events
 Due to popular demand, our programming committee is planning a series of intercultural guided tours and visits throughout the Lower Mainland! These walks and visits will take place throughout the year, and as opportunities become available, we will be posting them on our website and social media. If you have suggestions or connections to historical sites and places of intercultural interest, please contact Winnie Cheung or Tineke Hellwig directly.

On May 23rd, PCHC-MoM in partnership with the Komagata Maru Heritage Foundation will mark the 103rd anniversary of the arrival of the ship Komagata Maru in Vancouver with a panel of speakers. This program will take place at 6:30pm  the Punjab Bhavan,15453 Fraser Highway in Surrey BC. A candlelight vigil will be held at the end of the program. Light refreshments will be served. For details on how to participate, please visit our website during Asian Heritage month in May.
Past Events
Some exciting events this winter:

A. On November 3rd, 2016 we partnered with the UBC Asian Library to produce an Asian-Canadian "Living Library", at which guests from a variety of backgrounds come to a wonderful evening of food and conversations. Special thanks to our first Asian-Canadian "human books": Danvic Briones, Simon Choa Johnston, Jeongeun Park, and Alejandro Yoshizawa. 

B. On November 6th, 2016, PCHC co-presented the world premiere of "All Our Father's Relations", a documentary by Sarah Ling and Alejandro Yoshizawa, past facilitators at PCHC's "Family History with a Smartphone" workshop series. Congrats to Sarah and Al, who won "Best Canadian Curated Feature" at VAFF 2016 with this film which captures the very special Musqueam-Chinese relationship exemplified in the story of the Grant family of our Hon. Advisor Elder Larry Grant and Director Howard Grant.

C. At the conclusion of our successful 2016 AGM on Nov. 19, over a dozen of us followed community historian John Atkins on a fascinating historical tour of Strathcona, one of the oldest destinations of immigrants from around the world.  

D. On December 4, 2016 several PCHC Directors and friends were among the Canadian contingent of WWII veterans & their families led by our strategic partner the Chinese-Canadian Military Museum Society to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Hong Kong at the Canadian Military Cemetery in Sai Wan, Hong Kong.
More from PCHC-MoM!
Excited about more PCHC events and activities? Have any other questions that were not addressed in this newsletter? Feel free to message <> for any further inquiries!
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