See how Vancouver’s Chinatown community helped shape our city’s past present, and future.

Explore the vibrant history of Vancouver’s Chinatown through interactive exhibits filled with stories from the people who lived, worked and played there.

Artefacts, photos, and recordings from the 1880s to present day create an immersive self-guided storytelling experience for the whole family.

Chinatown Storytelling Centre Exterior Shot

Featured Stories

Striking it Rich in the Cariboo

Ah Bau
(photo: Ah Bau, second from the right) Ah Bau was one of the few Chinese gold miners who struck rich in the Cariboo. He held several claims in the North […]
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Yuen Tai Hong

Vincent Law
“I’ve been working with my father my whole life. We moved to Vancouver in 1997. We already had some friends who moved a few years earlier. Chinatown was a place […]
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Meet Paul Yee, Chinatown's Award-Winning Author

December 4, 2021 - 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Foo Hung Curios, located next to our welcome lobby.

Foo Hung Curios is pleased to welcome Paul Yee, who will be on hand to sign books and say hello to old and new friends.

Paul Yee is a Governor General's Award Winning author, archivist, and historian who was born in Spalding, SK but grew up in Vancouver's Chinatown.

He is the author of numerous children's books inspired by his family and community and his 1988 book Saltwater City has become an important contribution to the history of the Chinese Canadian experience. Saltwater City is currently out of print but a number of editions will be available for sale thanks to a generous donation by Marlene Enns made in memory of writer/artist/activist Jim Wong-Chu. Jim loved Chinatown and believed that by sharing stories and food, people can learn to respect and accept each other.

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