is a new space in Montreal’s Chinatown that offers lectures and socio-cultural events in collaboration with our partners and allies, giving everyone the opportunity to participate in social innovation to foster and strengthen ties within our Chinatown.


In response to the evolving neighbourhood, Chinatown House MTL is not a static entity. Instead, it knots together (團結) existing amenities and new partnerships to form a continuous ribbon of interventions that extend beyond the current boundaries of Chinatown. To do this, Chinatown House MTL transcends the existing Chinatown Gates, which were built during an era of expropriation to demarcate the community’s limits.

Chinatown House MTL’s gateways act as unifiers rather than dividers. Each Is tailored to serve its surroundings – be it in the form of mobile structures and pop-ups in previously under-utilized spaces, or community land trusts. Collectively, these gateways blur Chinatown’s edges, serving as nodes of connectivity throughout the expanding neighbourhood. Through this vision, Chinatown House MTL emerges as a vibrant socio-cultural ecosystem, unfurling across different times and places.


Chinatown House Reflection Exhibition

JIA Foundation invites you to the Reflection Exhibition of Chinatown House on Friday April 19, 5-7pm

The Reflection Exhibition of Chinatown House is a community celebration about this special cultural space and community hub created through collaboration with community members and volunteers, launching on Friday April 19. 

As this exhibition marks the end of our Chinatown House programs at the current location, JIA Foundation will be launching new initiatives for the summer. Mr. Robert Beaudry, councillor of the Ville-Marie borough, will also join us at this celebration and share the city’s plan and priorities for Chinatown in relation with Chinatown House. 
Community partners will also be present.

Screening : Meet and Eat at Lee’s Garden

Join us at Chinatown House this Saturday, April 13 for a special screening of “Meet and Eat at Lee’s Garden”, followed by a Q & A with the director moderated by Rachel Cheng.


Day’s Lee takes a look at the history of the Chinese-Canadian community through her family’s restaurant which opened in Montreal in 1951 and how Chinese-Canadian restaurants created a bond between the Chinese and Jewish communities.


Day’s Lee is the producer, director and writer of the  documentary Meet and Eat at Lee’s Garden. The documentary, which was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award, is based on her father’s history as a head tax payer and the family’s restaurant, Lee’s Garden, which was one of the first restaurants to open outside of Montreal’s Chinatown in the 1950s.

Lee is also an author and has published three books: a children’s picture book, The Fragrant Garden, a short story collection, The Red Pagoda and Other Stories, and a young adult novel, Guitar Picks and Chopsticks, all of which are stories about the Chinese-Canadian community. She holds a journalism degree from Concordia University and as a freelance writer, has written articles for national publications.

Where: 1088 Rue Clark

Time: 1 – 3pm
Cost: Free

Guest Lecture: Linda Zhang

Don’t miss architect Linda Zhang’s free lecture on Tuesday, April 9th at 10:30 am on the theme “Open Urbanism: community empowerment through technology and collaborative design processes” featuring her project Planting Imagination!

Stay to discover the presentation summarizing the two years of collaboration between the JIA Foundation and the students of Concordia University Urban Planning professor Silvano De la Llata.

Where: 1088 Rue Clark

10:30am-11:30am: Linda Zhang’s Lecture
11:30am-1pm: Concordia Urban lab presentation


Traces of the Exclusion Act: Exhibition Launch Event

Join us on Saturday, March 23, for the launching of our new exhibition in collaboration with the Chinese Canadian Museum: “Traces of the Chinese Exclusion Act”.

Hosted by the JIA Foundation, visit our special exhibition tracing the history of Chinese Montrealers during an era of discriminatory laws and then join documentary filmmaker Karen Cho for a fascinating conversation with curator and creator Catherine Clement, and Simon Wing, son of a Montreal head tax payer and advocate for head tax redress.

📍 Where: 1088 Rue Clark, 1st floor
🕑 When: March 23, 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm. Exhibit opens at 2pm and the discussion begins at 3pm.




March 27, 2024, 12pm – 4pm
April 13, 2024, 12pm – 4pm
April 18, 2024, 12pm – 4pm

Long Time No See Poster Workshop

JIA is delighted to invite you to our workshop in collaboration with Long Time No See from Toronto: “Storytelling as Community Resistance.” 🎨✨

This unique workshop is a project initiated by the community art group Long Time No See (LTNS), organized by the JIA Foundation in partnership with the Chinatown Youth Committee and OSLA. Through this project, we hope to explore LTNS’s approach to representing narratives from Chinatown, first in public spaces and later in a gallery setting. On March 2nd, the Chinatown House program will host an in-person workshop with LTNS members. 🏙️🎭

📅 When: Saturday, March 2nd, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
📍Where: Chinatown House (1088 Rue Clark, second floor)

Join us for this educational workshop where you can learn more about the processes of this inspiring collective. 🤩🎨

To register, please fill out this form:


MIAO Collective presents: Rebinding Home: Family in the Diaspora

Miao Collective is very honored to be partnering with Jeunesse du Quartier Chinois and Jia Foundation at Chinatown House for the presentation of this curation in Montreal.

Rebinding Home: Family in the Diaspora presents different facades of being a diaspora by presenting the series of works Miao Collective encountered. We want to stir up the thinking about identity fluidity, consequences of choices, reconciliation between body and culture, family footages and family memories, boundaries of the self, and more.

We will screen two films, Welcome Back, Farewell (2021) by Marcos Yoshi and Papaya (2022) by Dédé Chen. The film screening will be followed by a Q&A with the two directors and Bao (buns) provided by the organizer from restaurants in Chinatown.

Both films have English subtitles.

All the earnings we collected from this event will be donated to the Chinese Family Service of Greater Montreal for promoting the well-being of members of the Asian community.

The screening will happen at Chinatown House, 1088 Rue Clark, Montreal, 2nd floor on Thursday, February 8th.
Doors open: 18:30
Screening: 19:00
Q&A: 21:15

If you cannot get the tickets online:

Make sure you show up early on the day of February 8th with 10 dollars in cash. Walk-in seats available for this event.

Welcome Back, Farewell / Bem-vindos de novo (2021, 105 minutes, Country: Brazil, Language: Portuguese)
An autobiographical documentary about a Japanese descent family affected by the immigration flux between Brazil and Japan. After 13 years apart, Marcos Yoshi reencounters his parents. Once together, they face the desire to guarantee the future of the family and the impossibility of remaining together.
Welcome Back, Farewell was selected by multiple film festivals around the world, including Tokyo Documentary Film Festival (Japan), 25th Tiradentes Film Festival (Brazil), 38th Chicago Latino Film Festival (USA), etc.

Marcos Yoshi is a filmmaker based in São Paulo, Brazil. He wrote and directed fiction short films, and “Welcome Back, Farewell” is his debut documentary feature film. He is also a Ph.D. candidate working on first-person documentaries at the University of São Paulo.

Papaya (2022, 11 minutes, Country: Canada, Language: French)
A Sino-Canadian adoptee breaks the silence of incest by responding to her family archives through dance. In the ritual sacrifice of a papaya, she reenacts her traumatic past to emancipate her adult self.
Papaya premiered at Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival 2022, and it was selected and shown at multiple film festivals such as Festival Filministes 2023 (Mention spéciale – court-métrage d’art et d’essai).

Born in Nanchang, China in 1995, Dédé Chen now lives in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal, Canada, where she creates works about the performance of filiation. As an anthropologist, she is interested in autoethnography as a source of creative writing.


Presented by Zuk Sing Ming Sing (Murielle / Terry / Monique), Zuk Sing Superstars Cinema Night will be a weekly microcinema program that explores the multilayered experience of Asian diasporic cinema or Asian cinema through a range of filmmakers and their pluralistic expressions.

These films will not be restricted to the trend of stinky-lunch-trauma / make-your-non-actress-mom-cry films that have predominated Asian representation pop culture and that—while effective as starter steps towards a more culturally-equitable landscape—can if incessant trap our holistic journey in a holding pattern. Films shown can be experientially explicit. They can also range from exploring the nuanced existentialism of being a 竹昇 zuk sing (overseas-born / raised Chinese) and addressing the lived experiences of identity that weave into parables both culturally specific to Chinese diaspora and widely accessible to non-Chinese or non-Asian.

On the other hand, we’ll also program works that aren’t necessarily Asian diaspora-produced / centered, but approach them from an angle relevant to the Chinese diaspora programmers’ inspirations in their paths of expression, creatively or socio-politically.

Every Friday from February 2nd to March 15th. Doors at 7pm, screening at 7:30pm. No latecomers will be admitted.

PWYC / free for seniors. A discussion will follow the screening.

See the program below!


January 13th, 2024: The LAUNCH of the first public exhibition of the “Clan Associations” series by photographer Morris Lum

@ Chinatown House, 1088 Clark St., 2nd floor.
Artist Talk & Tour starting at 1pm.

Lan Yee – Curation
Parker Mah – Coordination

Over the last decade, Morris Lum has been traveling across Turtle Island to create photographic records of Clan Associations as living archives. From folded chairs and electric fans ready at the side, to fresh offerings on the altars and meeting schedules on the walls, the interior scenes swell with the minutiae of their daily undertakings. In the absence of people in the frame, they become representative not of one person–but of many. Like the portraits of each association’s ancestral lineage at the center of the images, prominence is given to the organizations’ roles across generations.

What are generally referred to as ‘Clan Associations’ or ‘Family Associations’ were formed in the early 1900s to help support family members with the same surname that usually came from the same or neighbouring villages in China. These Associations supported newcomers by providing them with boarding, job support, and English classes. Clan Associations also pooled money together to help support each other during a time when systemic discrimination prevented Chinese people from accessing bank loans. The Clan Association essentially acted as a credit union, community center, and social services for its members. They also helped to form smaller community networks within Chinatown.

Today the Associations function more like social clubs, where you can often hear the clanging of tiles from seniors playing Mahjong or the singing of a choir. They’ve become intergenerational conduits for cultural practices, by providing space for knowledge-keepers and youth groups, like those who practice martial arts or perform in lion dances. The Clan Associations usually owned their buildings, a key aspect in understanding why many continue to exist in their original and current locations. They have been functioning similarly to community land trusts, a model of decommodified property that is serving as the inspiration for a growing movement of neighbourhood advocates in Chinatowns across the continent.

These images speak to a complicated history of spaces within ‘North America’ that simultaneously outline discriminatory practices and the strength of community resilience across time.

Open House Visiting Hours:
January 25th, 2024, 10am – 4pm
February 8th, 2024, 10am – 4pm
February 10th, 2024, 11am – 5pm
February 11th, 2024, 11am – 5pm
March 5th, 2024, 10am – 4pm

March 11th, 2024, 11am – 5pm
March 13th, 2024, 11am – 5pm


Morris Lum, (b. 1983, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago) is a Toronto-based photographer and artist whose work explores the hybrid identities of the Chinese Canadian community and the transformation of Chinatowns across North America through photography, documentary practices and archival materials. Lum’s work has been exhibited and screened across Canada, and the United States and has received numerous accolades including CONTACT Photography Festival Burtynsky Grant (2023) and the A&E Short Filmmakers Award (2010).

** Or by appointment. Please email to visit the exhibition outside of these days.

The JIA Foundation invites you to the first public showing of the travelling exhibition “Connaissez-vous votre Quartier chinois?” produced by the MEM.

The MEM’s new travelling exhibition How Well Do You Know Your Chinatown? is the result of projects carried out with members of Montréal’s Chinatown. Drawing on their voices, the exhibition contextualizes the area and highlights the memories of those who built it and have made it their home. It also invites you to re-examine what you know about Chinatown.

The exhibition was made possible by an agreement between the City of Montréal and the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration as part of the Dialogue with Chinatown project.

Visiting hours are on the following days @ Chinatown House MTL (1088 Rue Clark, Second Floor). No reservation required.

December 7th, 10am – 4pm
December 14th, 10am – 4pm
December 16th, 10am – 4pm
December 22nd, 4pm – 9pm
January 11th, 10am – 4pm
January 12th, 10am – 4pm
January 13th, 10am – 4pm

March 5th, 10am – 4pm
March 11th, 11am – 5pm
March 13th, 11am – 5pm

April 2024

MARCH 2024






A series of pop-up exhibitions showcase the work of our collaborators who have been engaged in uncovering the community history of Montréal’s Chinatown and the impact of the Chinese Exclusion Act on the neighbourhood, as well as those working to envision new futures and possibilities for Chinatown.   Celebrated Visual Artist Lan Yee has worked to bring these pop-ups under one roof allowing visitors to understand the past and envision the future of Montréal’s Chinatown through these unique pop-up exhibitions.

Early Chinese in Montreal
Explore Chinatown’s early history and community figures, like author-journalist Edith Eaton (Sui Sin Far) and the Ho Sang Kee and Wing Sing families who shaped and impacted the neighbourhood, through an exhibition curated by Mary Chapman with University of British Columbia graduate students Delaney Anderson, Meghna Chatterjee, Ethan Xi Hao Eu, Amanda Law, Camille Lopez, and Thomas Playfair, with assistance from descendants. The exhibition is designed by Sydney Lines.
Phoenix Whispers – a tribute to the Women of Montréal’s Chinatown from the 19th and 20th Centuries
This pop-up version of Tiohtià:ke/Montréal-based artist and curator Karen Tam’s beloved McCord Museum exhibition will for the first time bring the community stories and forgotten histories of Montréal’s Chinatown and its women back to the neighbourhood to be shared with residents and visitors alike.
Re-imagining Montréal’s Chinatown into the future – two pop-ups with Concordia University
Re-Imagine Clark Street, Sun Yat Sen Square and its surroundings with the students of Professor Silvano De la Llata’s Urban Laboratory class who worked closely with the Chinatown community over the past 2 semesters to bring together a series of innovative ideas and visionings for the revitalization and equitable development of these spaces. Check out the designs, renderings and  innovations that were developed through community conversations and a charette of ideas.  
CityPlayer x Chinatown

Chinatown goes virtual with Concordia’s Next-Generation Cities Institute, veteran videogame developer Chris Gibbs and a group of student interns who’ve developed “CityPlayer”, a video game platform that allows audiences to envision and build a more livable and sustainable city. Players can visualize infrastructure changes to building heights, adding more bike or car lanes, planting greenery and more.   Described as “Sim City with real science,” this urban simulation platform is a great tool for re-imagining the future for Chinatown.
Traces of the Chinese Exclusion Act
2023 marks the 100th anniversary of the enactment of the Chinese Exclusion Act – a dark period of Canadian history where all immigration from China was banned for a period of 24 years. This law decimated Chinese Canadian communities, who could not reunite with their families, and emptied Chinatowns across Canada. The Paper Trail to the 1923 Chinese Exclusion Act is the inaugural exhibition of the newly-opened Chinese Canadian Museum in British Columbia. We will bring satellite programming exploring the impact this racist law had on Montréal’s Chinatown community, in addition to actively collecting and scanning community Head Tax, Exclusion Act and other Chinese immigration certificates to be added to the community archive collection at the University of British Columbia Library.

Things + Time x JIA Foundation

Things + Time is a new community initiative that aims to democratize the archival process by providing education and resources. T + T developed a web platform that facilitate the 3D scanning, tagging, and digital storage of artefacts for archival purposes. JIA Foundation will have a scanning station on-site to enable this community archiving within Chinatown.

Launch of the Chinatown Youth Committee
The committee representing the youth of the Chinatown Roundtable is collaborating with JIA to renovate the youth space at Chinatown House. This is an opportunity for you to discover the committee’s mission and its vision for the future of the neighbourhood. Explore the room designed to foster intergenerational connections, with a dedicated area for children (under parental supervision), and admire the beautiful posters produced by the committee.


The JIA Foundation thanks the Ville de Montréal // Quebec Government for their financial support for Chinatown House.