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OUR HISTORY

Connecting to the Chinese Canadian story

In 2017, the Province of B.C. announced its commitment to establishing a museum dedicated to celebrating the Chinese Canadian community. A working group consisting of community members and scholars was formed to lead consultations across B.C. to determine this museum's public needs and primary functions.

In 2020, these community consultations resulted in the founding of the Chinese Canadian Museum Society of BC. The aspiration was to build a public museum honouring Chinese Canadians' history, contributions, and heritage. Since its founding, the society has launched temporary exhibitions, secured a permanent museum site, and procured funders and donors to support the development of the Chinese Canadian Museum!

On July 1st, 2023, the Chinese Canadian Museum celebrated its grand opening at the historic Wing Sang building on 51 E. Pender St in Vancouver. In October, the museum was presented the Governor's Award by the National Trust For Canada for its work.

OUR MUSEUM

Inside Our Two Historic Museum Spaces

The Chinese Canadian Museum's Vancouver location is now permanently at home inside the Wing Sang Building, with the official public opening on July 1, 2023. Originally built in 1889 by Chinese merchant Yip Sang for his business “Wing Sang Company”, the Wing Sang Building is the oldest structure in Vancouver’s Chinatown. This heritage building expanded in 1902 and 1912 and housed Yip Sang’s growing family including three wives and 23 children. 

“Wing Sang” in Chinese means “everlasting” — expressing an aspirational hope to live and thrive. The building is an embodiment and testament to Yip Sang’s experience and lasting legacy. The Chinese Canadian Museum is honoured to be the custodian of this important heritage site.

The Chinese Canadian Museum's Victoria location is inside Fan Tan Alley. Victoria's Chinatown is the oldest in Canada, and one of the oldest in North America. The exhibition space pays tribute to Chinese pioneers and is an important part of the museum's mission to honour the legacy of Chinese Canadians across the province for generations to come.

The Chinese Canadian Museum is honoured to be part of both important heritage sites and communities.

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PEOPLE BEHIND CCM

Meet the Board and Staff

The Chinese Canadian Museum Society of BC is governed by an 16-member board that brings a wide spectrum of knowledge and experience to support the museum’s development. 

Under the guidance of the board, our growing staff team manages the museum’s operations and collaborations to offer transformative exhibitions and programs to the public.

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OUR MISSION

Elevate, Enrich, and Engage

The Chinese Canadian Museum aspires to provide an invigorating and transformative experience for present and future generations through its exhibitions and programming throughout B.C. and Canada.

CCM will elevate Chinese Canadian voices, enrich our legacy, and engage with diverse communities.

The museum will be a testament to Chinese Canadian experiences, foster respect, inclusion, and collaboration among all communities and across generations.

Vision: Society inspired and transformed across generations.

Mission: Connecting to the Chinese Canadian story – addressing inclusion for all.

Values that guide us:
• Truth
• Integrity
• Respect
• Learning
• Inclusivity

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