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Project Partners

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Simon Fraser University

The Simon Fraser University (SFU) Library is very pleased to be participating in the CHRP-funded Chinese Head Tax Project. Staff from the SFU Library’s Systems Division and Digitization Centre have extensive experience with similar projects such as the Multicultural Canada website, which now has over 1.3 million images, including newspapers, photographs, documents, and oral histories.

SFU Library will be participating in two ways. SFU Library staff will work closely with the UBC Library staff and other project team members to develop and implement the technical infrastructure for the portal website, digital archives and learning resources. And the SFU Library will make available any suitable content from the Multicultural Canada website and other Library sources for inclusion in this new project. An example of such content is the Chinese Times newspaper, over 350,000 pages of which have been digitized for the years 1914 to 1992.


UBC Irving K Barber Learning Centre

Since opening in spring 2008, the Irving K Barber Learning Centre has captivated students, faculty and visitors with its innovative design and service-rich environment. The Learning Centre is dedicated to the University’s academic and community engagement missions, working to support academic excellence and cultivate a sense of community here on campus through space, services, and programming, as well as creating and supporting opportunities for engagement with diverse BC communities.

UBC INSTRCC (INitiative for Student Teaching and Research in Chinese Canadian studies)

INSTRCC (Initiative for Student Teaching and Research in Chinese Canadian studies) was created to engage and empower students to conduct crucial and groundbreaking community-based research in Asian Canadian history relevant to the Asian Canadian community.

UBC Learning Exchange

The UBC-CLI, an initiative of the Learning Exchange, is the on-campus entity seeking to achieve the above through the advancement of community service learning (CSL) and community-based research (CBR) at UBC. CSL has three key elements: classroom learning; volunteer work that responds to community-identified priorities; and structured reflection activities that challenge students to make connections between what they are studying and their experiences in the community.

In partnership with UBC courses offered through the Faculty of Applied Science, the Faculty of Arts, the Museum of Anthropology, and the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, the UBC-CLI is overseeing a cross-disciplinary CSL partnership in which students, staff, and instructors from each of these divisions will be conceptualizing, designing, and building mobile units for the display of the material collected through the UBC Chinese Canadian Stories project.

UBC Asian Library
2010 marks the 50th anniversary of the Asian Library. From its inception with the amassing of Chinese and Japanese classics in humanities to being the very place that users at UBC and beyond turn to for information on Asia, Asian Library has filled its shelves, physical and virtual with more than 580,000 items and delivered information on multiple platforms that is rich with databases, web sites, blogs, videos, images, audios and much more. Holdings are in nine languages including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tibetan and Indonesian. The crown jewels of the collection are the renowned Chinese and Japanese rare books. The on-going plan to repurpose the library space and facilities will position the library to better serve the changing needs of the users.

To underwrite an evolving research interest in Chinese settlement in B.C., Asian Library built a collection of photographs of irregular Chinese migrants. In 2001, we began to spearhead the development of a database of historical Chinese language materials in British Columbia. The online database at “” is built on the strength of existing collections, including a rich body of publications of clan associations from southern Guangdong and the Chinese Times 1914-1992, the longest run of Chinese newspaper in Canada. Recently, we received two valuable family archives, one from the Ron Bick Lee and the other from the Stephen Lok-tin Lee estates. The Korean Canadian Heritage Materials project, a similar endeavor is in the making with yet another one on South Asian diaspora literature in its planning stage.

The education and media professionals at the Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) offer innovative practices to enhance the student experience at SFU. In strategic partnerships with the university community, we celebrate the creative culture of the teaching and learning network on all three campuses.

Masters of Digital Media Program at Great Northern Way Campus

The Masters of Digital Media Program and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at University of British Columbia will work together under the auspices of the Community Historical Recognition Program (CHRP) to create an engaging and immersive web experience that will include digital archives, learning resources as well as mobile museum kiosks. This interactive, digital experience will tell the fascinating story of Chinese Canadians over the course of the last 200 years from the Canadian Pacific Railway and Confederation to the present and future.

The Masters of Digital Media Program is a ground-breaking Master’s degree in entertainment technology and digital media. This powerhouse graduate program combines industry-facing curriculum, real-world projects and a four month internship. The degree is jointly awarded by the four major post-secondary institutions in British Columbia: the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, Emily Carr University of Art + Design and the British Columbia Institute of Technology.


The Critical Thinking Consortium

The Critical Thinking Consortium—TC2— is a non-profit association of 60 school districts, post-secondary institutions and teacher organizations working to support critical thinking from kindergarten to graduate school. Over the last fifteen years, this group, whose offices are at UBC, has worked with 65,000 educators to embed critical thinking into their teaching practices across Canada in the United States, England, Israel, India, Hong Kong, the Caribbean, and Finland.

TC2 intends to develop two kinds of learning resources to support student examination of the digital collections: (1) lessons from building of the CPR/the nation and (2) lessons in historical analysis. The resources will embed multiple voices into the study of this significant event—one of the defining developments in the history of Canada. This period will be explored though the lenses and, to the extent possible, the words of key groups, notably the Chinese, First Nations (various groups), Métis and various elements of mainstream society.

Stanford Spatial History Project

The Spatial History Lab at Stanford University is a place for a collaborative community of scholars to engage in creative visual analysis to further research in the field of history. Our team is comprised of a diverse group of principal investigators, staff, research assistants, affiliates, and collaborators. Our projects operate outside of normal historical practice in five ways: they are collaborative, use visualization, depend on the use of computers, are open-ended, and have a conceptual focus on space.Our publications are the primary direct means by which we intend to impact the discipline. We produce high quality, co-authored, peer-reviewed scholarship for publication in both traditional journals and experimental mediums.

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Chinese Canadian Stories: Uncommon Histories from a Common Past

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