Cultural CenterChinatown Storytelling Centre

For Kids
Cultural Center
Historic Journey
Through time
Rogers Theatre
Archival films
Photo Exhibit
Yucho Chow
Educational Programs
For students
Family Saturdays
Hands-on fun
Meaningful action


Nestled in the heart of Vancouver's historic Chinatown, the Chinatown Storytelling Centre is a Cultural Centre that illuminates the rich and diverse narratives of the Chinese Canadian community. Through its exhibits, interactive displays, and immersive experiences, they document and share the profound stories that have shaped the cultural landscape of both Chinatown and Canada as a whole.

The Experience

The Chinatown Storytelling Centre offers an immersive journey through time, housed within the BMO Hall. From the 19th century to the present day, visitors can explore significant milestones in the Chinese Canadian journey through a range of media and artifacts. The Rogers Theatre within the gallery space showcases Chinese Canadian voices and stories through archival films, in-house productions, and community-contributed short films.

  • Interactive Elements: Visitors can step into the world of renowned photographer Yucho Chow through the Yucho Chow Photo Studio exhibit, featuring a collection of his captivating photographs. Additionally, an augmented reality app offers a glimpse into Chinatown's vibrant past, from bustling nightlife scenes to intimate interviews with World War II veterans.
  • Educational Programs: The Chinatown Storytelling Centre welcomes students and youth groups for engaging, hands-on learning experiences designed to ignite curiosity and critical thinking. School programs cater to grades 5 and up, offering guided tours, learning activities, and neighborhood walks that can be tailored to suit specific interests and needs.
  • Family Saturdays: Every third Saturday of the month, families are invited to participate in hands-on activities that celebrate Chinatown's vibrant heritage. These interactive sessions are suitable for preschoolers and school-aged children, offering a fun and educational experience for visitors of all ages.

Their Purpose

At the core of the Chinatown Storytelling Centre's mission is the celebration of stories as a means of fostering community and understanding. By acknowledging the adversities faced by previous generations, such as disenfranchisement and wartime discrimination, they honor the resilience and triumphs that have paved the way for the vibrant Chinatown community we see today. They strive to create a space where intergenerational dialogue flourishes, inspiring resilience and empathy in the face of contemporary challenges.

What They Do

Through a blend of artifacts, recordings, photographs, and interactive exhibits, they offer a fresh perspective on Vancouver's Chinatown's rich history. By collaborating with the community, they ensure that future generations are connected to their past, preserving the invaluable legacies of their elders. By fostering a deeper understanding of the Chinese Canadian experience and shared cultural history, they empower future generations to take meaningful action.

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Chinatown Storytelling Centre
Chinatown Storytelling Centre
168 E Pender St
Vancouver, V6A 1T3
Chinatown Storytelling Centre
Chinatown Storytelling Centre
168 E Pender St
Vancouver, V6A 1T3
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
11:00 AM - 05:00 PM

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