Friday, 26 February 2016

Travelling Exhibition: Gold Mountain Dream! 【金山夢!勇闖菲沙河谷】巡迴展

Exhibition dates: March 12 - April 10, 2016 
Tuesday - Sunday 11am-5pm, closed on Mondays and statutory holidays. 
Admission by donation.
Chinese Cultural Centre Museum, 555 Columbia Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6A 4H5

Saturday April 2nd, 2016 2:00pm
Lecture by Dr. Henry Yu and Sarah Ling: Gold Mountain Dreaming and the History of the Cantonese Pacific

Image: Fraser River Raft Expeditions

"The British Columbia gold rush of 1858 is a significant event in the creation of a province and the unification of a country, but its repercussions stretched far beyond the borders of what was to become Canada.

With its new Gold Mountain Dream! exhibition, on display at Chinese Cultural Centre Museum from March 12th to April 10, 2016 the Royal BC Museum explores how the gold rush not only changed the landscapes and lives in BC, but how this monumental event changed China, as people flocked to a rugged land in search of fortune.

Gold Mountain Dream! – created by the Royal BC Museum in collaboration with the Canadian Museum of History – tells the personal stories and sacrifices of Chinese migrants in the 1850s as they landed on British Columbia shores in search of gold. It is a fascinating account of adventure, heartbreak and social upheaval.

“This is an extremely significant chapter in both the history of BC and the history of Guangdong Province,” said Royal BC Museum CEO Jack Lohman. “This exhibition brings to life this shared history for a new generation, and is a fitting tribute to the courage and tenacity of our ancestors.”
Through archival photographs and detailed storytelling, Gold Mountain Dream! tells the story of how everything changed during this fevered era, as class and racial barriers were broken down and people seized the extraordinary opportunities that glittered before them.

Previously, Gold Mountain Dream! was displayed at the Guangdong Museum of Chinese Nationals Residing Abroad in Guangzhou, China, as part of a series of cultural exchange activities to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the twinning relationship between BC and Guangdong Province. Royal BC Museum CEO Jack Lohman and BC Premier Christy Clark attended the opening in Guangzhou in November 2015.

Now, this internationally acclaimed exhibition will be on display from March 12th, until April 10th, 2016 at the Chinese Cultural Centre Museum, 555 Columbia Street, Vancouver, B.C. The Centre is open Tuesday – Sunday 11am - 5pm. Admission by donation.

Gold Mountain Dream! is made possible through the generous support of the Government of British Columbia, the Francis Kermode Group, Tourism Victoria and the Royal BC Museum Foundation. The BC government contributed $200,000 to this exhibition and to other exciting projects related to the Chinese Historical Wrongs Legacy Initiative. This exhibition was proudly supported by Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver." - Royal BC Museum

During the exhibition, activities such as panning for gold are available for audiences. 

The Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver was founded in 1973 to promote the understanding and friendship between the Chinese community and other cultural groups in Canada; to interpret and communicate Chinese culture and to facilitate exchange with other cultural groups and with the community at large. The Centre runs the S. K. Lee Academy – Chinese Language School and a community museum that educate people about Chinese culture and Chinese Canadian heritage.

About the Royal BC Museum
The Royal BC Museum explores the province’s human history and natural history, advances new knowledge and understanding of BC, and provides a dynamic forum for discussion and a place for reflection. The museum and archives celebrate culture and history, telling the stories of BC in ways that enlighten, stimulate and inspire. Looking to the future, the Royal BC Museum will be a refreshed, modern museum, extending its reach far beyond Victoria as a world-class cultural venue and repository of digital treasures. 


Saturday April 2nd, 2016 2:00pm
Lecture by Dr. Henry Yu and Sarah Ling: Gold Mountain Dreaming and the History of the Cantonese Pacific
Chinese migrants have been coming to the traditional First Nations territories that are now known as British Columbia since the very first moments that European migrants did. “Gold Rushes” in the mid-19th century drew migrants from around the world to deposits of gold on the edges of the Pacific basin: California, Australia, New Zealand, and the colony of British Columbia. Known for creating businesses like cafés, laundries and general stores that provided important services to miners and others, the Chinese were able to make money in ways far beyond finding gold. They grew food and helped build roads and bridges, as well as import goods from their trans-Pacific trade networks. In the Cantonese language that these migrants spoke, all of these locations came to be known as Gum San (Gold Mountain). Because of the wealth that could be created by crossing the seas to work, Gum San became a mythic name that long outlasted the gold rushes.
Join us for a public talk delivered by Dr. Henry Yu, UBC historian, and Co-Chair of the Legacy Initiatives Advisory Council advising the Province of British Columbia on legacy projects following the May 15, 2015 apology in the B.C. Legislature for historical anti-Chinese legislation; and Sarah Ling, an Educational Developer at UBC, Producer of the documentary "All Our Father's Relations", and member of Dr. Yu's "Gold Mountain River" research team. They will explain the role of the Fraser River as the corridor along which Chinese migrants engaged with First Nations and with European migrants, and share how the history along this “Gold Mountain River” offers us lessons for today. Learn how British Columbia became a part of a “Cantonese Pacific” that connected with Hong Kong, San Francisco, Sydney, and other places around the world, and how we continue to be shaped by what happened 150 years ago.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Free lecture series: Mr. Hoi Seng Ieong Interprets Cantonese Opera's Stage Performance 【名家系列講座之十三:楊海城解讀粵劇舞臺表演歷程】

Speaker: Mr. Hoi Seng Ieong (Chair of Cantonese Opera Association of Canada, Principal of Hoi Seng Ieong Cantonese Opera Academy, and Member of Chinese Dramatists Association)

Language: Cantonese and Mandarin 
Admission by donation. Seating is limited. Please RSVP at or call 604-658-8880
Address: Chinese Cultural Centre Museum, 555 Columbia St. Vancouver, B.C. V6A 4H5

Sunday March 6th, 1:00 – 2:30pm: The martial art role in Lu An Zhou
Sunday April 3rd, 1:00 – 2:30pm: The male protagonist in Shen Yuan Hui
Sunday May 1st, 1:00 – 2:30pm: The clown role in Capturing Zhang San Lang

Based on the body movements in the performance, Lu An Zhou belongs to the act of martial art; Shen Yuan Hui is belongs to wenxi or xiao sheng xi, which resembles the role of tenor in Western opera while Capturing Zhang San Lang is categorized as an clown act. Mr. Ieong will analyze these three acts based on two methods of acting: emotion and body movements.


主講者:楊海城 (中國戲劇家協會會員、加拿大粵劇協會主席、楊海城粵劇學院院長)

3月6日(星期天)1:00 – 2:30pm :武戲【潞安州】的創作歷程
4月3日(星期天)1:00 – 2:30pm :小生戲【沈園會】的創作歴程
5月1日(星期天)1:00 – 2:30pm :醜角戲【活捉張三郎】的創作歴程