Block by Block Explores Immigrant Experience

  • Page Views 331
  • Block by Block took place on Sunday, September 24, in one of Canada’s oldest immigrant neighbourhoods, Strathcona, Vancouver. The Block Party explored how immigrants managed to find a sense of belonging in Canada and engaged the local community in conversations about what it means to be a new settler in Canada and how Canadian neighbourhoods welcomes immigrants.

    Block by Block took place at the Strathcona Community Centre, 601 Keefer St., featuring multimedia profiles documenting local migration stories. It is part of the work being carried out by the Toronto Ward Museum, a community-engaged museum that facilitates the preservation and sharing of personal stories of migrants in Toronto’s history and creates forums for dialogue relevant to migration, citizenship and pluralism within an urban context. The event happened simultaneously in St. John’s Ward in Toronto and Cote-des-neiges in Montreal.

    Their youth research team interviewed a diverse range of Strathcona community members to learn more about the immigrant experience in this neighbourhood. Some grew up in Strathcona and left by choice as adults. Others were forcibly displaced from the area. Some have made their lives in the community, while others yet have only recently arrived. Between them, they remember many pivotal moments in Strathcona’s history: The ongoing displacement of First Nations residents; the internment and consequent displacement of Japanese-Canadian residents during WWII; The razing of Hogan’s Alley, Vancouver’s first Black neighbourhood, in the name of a freeway and urban renewal; the historic fight of the Strathcona Property Owners and Tenants Association (SPOTA) against those same urban renewal plans; and, more recently, Strathcona and Chinatown’s struggles with gentrification. They also remember local sports teams, community programs, festivals, friendships and alliances with pride. (Courtesy of PCHC, photo by Ms. Jane Wu)

    Resource: http://www.wardmuseum.ca/blockbyblock/strathcona/

    Share

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 21 November 2017
      3 days ago No comment

      Sports’ Feature-Manny Pacquiao

      On a cold night of November 15, 2003 in San Antonio, Texas, Manny Pacquiao, fighting for his fourth fight in the United States, TKOed Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera in the 11th round to crown himself the RING MAGAZINE featherweight champion. That was the then soon-to-be 25-year-old third world title in as ...

    • 21 November 2017
      3 days ago No comment

      Tabora back after Mexican title conquest

      BOWLER Krizziah Lyn Tabora played pressure-free early on in the 53rd Bowling World Cup International Finals in Hermosillo, Mexico. Pressure finally caught up to her when she reached the Final Four. “I wasn’t able to eat my breakfast but the reminders from my parents and (teammate) Jomar (Jumapao) helped ...

    • 21 November 2017
      3 days ago No comment

      Climate leadership and a strong, sustainable economy that works for people

      VICTORIA. The annual global temperature record has been broken five times since 2005, including the last three years.  The threats to our food, our water supply and our health are undeniable. Climate change affects everyone. Sitting back and accepting the status quo isn’t an option. If we do that, ...

    • 21 November 2017
      3 days ago No comment

      Archers Bondad, Merto strike gold in Batang Pinoy

      Don Marc Bondad and Crisha Mae Merto finished with perfect campaigns in the Batang Pinoy Games Visayas, but did so in contrasting fashion on Wednesday at the Negros Oriental State University range. Carrying the banner of his hometown of Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental, Bondad outclassed Tacloban’s Frazel Ray Batingal, 6-2, ...

    • 19 November 2017
      5 days ago No comment

      Tobias Enverga Jr., first Filipino Canadian Senator, dies

      Conservative Senator Tobias Enverga Jr., the first Filipino Canadian to become senator, died unexpectedly on November 16 while on a parliamentary trip to Colombia. Enverga was 61 years old. A statement from Enverga’s office read: “Always a beacon of light and hope, Senator Enverga truly cherished the opportunity to ...

    %d bloggers like this: