VHF’s Heritage Hour (formerly Evening Lectures) series offers illustrated talks that look at the history of Vancouver, covering the events, movements and people that have shaped our city. Since the first event in 2012, the series has included a diverse range of subjects and perspectives in over 50 talks from more than 30 presenters. A listing of many of them can be found below.
Heritage Hour talks will return in person for the spring 2023 season. Join us at University Women’s Club at Hycroft Manor from 7pm to 8:30pm to enjoy fascinating pieces of Vancouver’s heritage with a selection of local speakers.
You can earn 1 Heritage Conservation Education credit per Heritage Hour talk or Lunch and Learn, to a maximum of 3 towards VHF’s Heritage Conservation Certificate.
Tuesday, May 16th, 7pm - 8:30pm
University Women’s Club at Hycroft Manor
Based on 360 Riot Walk, an interactive walking tour created by Henry Tsang, White Riot: The 1907 Anti-Asian Riots in Vancouver explores the conditions leading up to and the impact of the demonstration and ensuing mob attack on the city's Chinese Canadian and Japanese Canadian communities in Vancouver. It delves into the social and political environment of the time, when racialized communities were targeted through legislated as well as physical acts of exclusion and violence, and poses the question: in the current ethos of anti-racism and decolonization, what does it take to reconcile our collective histories within the legacy of white supremacy? In this illustrated book talk, artist and author Henry Tsang will explore to this pivotal moment in the history of racialized communities and a cultural and social context for understanding for the current wave of anti-Asian sentiment, highlighted by archival photographs of the riots colourized by Tsang as well as those of contemporary Vancouver where the riots took place.
White Riot: The 1907 Anti-Asian Riots in Vancouver will be released in April 2023 and is available for pre-order through Arsenal Pulp Press.
Visit 360 Riot Walk to learn more about that project.
About the Speaker
Henry Tsang is a visual and media artist based on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlil̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples that is also known as Vancouver. His projects explore the spatial politics of history, language, community, food and cultural translation in relationship to place, taking the form of gallery exhibitions, pop-up street food offerings, 360 video walking tours, curated dinners, ephemeral and permanent public art, by employing video, photography, language, interactive media and convivial events. He is a past recipient of the VIVA Award and is an Associate Dean at Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver, Canada.
Visit our YouTube page for more heritage and history themed videos including previously recorded evening lectures, including Hippie Vancouver: Activism in the ‘60s and ‘70s and its legacy with Michael Kluckner, Chinatown Through a Wide Lens: The Hidden Photographs of Yucho Chow with Catherine Clement, and Japanese Hall 1928-2018: The Extraordinary Story of Community Resilience, Survival and Transformation with Laura Saimoto. Be sure to subscribe and click the notification bell to be notified when we upload new videos.
Yucho Chow photo courtesy of Peter Chow Collection in the Yucho Chow Community Archive. Please note this photograph is for research and study purposes only. Other uses require permission from the families.
Join us from the comfort of home to enjoy fascinating pieces of Vancouver’s history with a selection of speakers. These illustrated lectures take a look at the history of Vancouver, covering the events, movements and people that have shaped our city from a diverse range of perspectives.
Recordings from past VHF virtual evening lecture are available. A link will be sent for each virtual evening lecture following your purchase and the video will be available for viewing on YouTube up to a month after your purchase.