CHINATOWN REIMAGINED FORUM II
MONTREAL, September 28-30, 2023
A free three-day event that aims to Re-imagine a future for our Chinatowns
The Chinatown Reimagined Forum 2023 is a FREE three-day event that will take place in Tiohtià:ke/Montréal, Québec (and online) from September 28 to 30, 2023. The conference aims to ‘Re-imagine a future for Chinatowns across North America’ and bring together community stakeholders, residents, urban planners, social housing professionals, policymakers, and community organizers from across North America/ Turtle Island to share innovation, best practices, and expertise.
Action-oriented and aimed at providing tools and creative solutions for tackling some of Chinatowns’ major struggles, the conference will also be deeply grassroots and community-oriented allowing for meaningful relationship building and inclusive participation. Chinatown Reimagined will be delivered both online and in-person in three languages (English, French & Chinese). A series of online forums will speak to overarching national and North American concerns, while in-person activities, viewing parties, and workshops will serve to engage Montréal’s Chinatown communities in conversation around what kind of development model we want for the neighbourhood’s future.
- Bring together Chinatown communities from across Canada and North America to share key research, innovation and best practices;
- Provide new ideas, strategies, and current knowledge to advance local protection efforts, and share models for revitalization and community-based efforts for Chinatown’s future;
- Provide participants with skills, tools and approaches to develop sustainable Chinatowns; and
- Gain a better understanding of the Montréal community efforts to save, protect and sustain its Chinatown.
Join us to innovate around the common challenges of Chinatowns Across North America/Turtle Island and to re-imagine Chinatown’s future.
Pop-up Exhibitions @ Chinatown House, 1088 Clark St, 2nd floor
A series of pop-up exhibitions will take place in Chinatown House during the Chinatown Reimagined Forum. These 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.
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.
Our Vision for Chinatown House Montréal
The JIA Foundation and community partners have been working to develop a pilot project called “Chinatown House Mtl”. Conceived as a community-run incubation hub and gathering space, Chinatown House Mtl will offer cultural programming and exhibitions, as well as operating as a co-working and collaboration space for numerous non-profit organizations in Montréal’s Chinatown. This pop-up will lay out our vision for Chinatown House Mtl as a pathway for occupying the under-utilized spaces in Montréal’s Chinatown and as a model for an equitable development vision of Chinatown as a whole.