Bringing the Past to the Present


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Bringing the Past to the Present

  1. 1. Bringing the Past to thePresent:Chinese Canadian Family History andMigration Collections and Programs at theIrving K. Barber Learning CentreAllan ChoProgram Services LibrarianIrving K. Barber Learning Centre
  2. 2. Irving K. Barber Learning Centre(1) Outreach Programs(2) Learning Support Services(3) Collections(4) Exhibition Spaces(5) Technology
  3. 3. Why IKBLC? Reflects a multicultural UBC campus 60% of UBC students identify as a visible minority, 37% as ethnic Chinese 40% of Vancouver is ethnic Chinese, with heterogenuous backgrounds ranging from 4th and 5th generation Chinese- Canadians to migrants recently arriving in the last 5 years from all over the world
  4. 4. 1. The Chung Collection Housed in UBCs Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, where selected pieces are on exhibit in the Chung Room Includes more than 25,000 rare and unique items (documents, books, maps, posters, paintings, photographs, silver, glass, and ceramic ware)
  5. 5. 2. Community Historical Recognition Program (CHRP)• On January 22, 2009, theCommunity HistoricalRecognition Program(CHRP) announced $50,000grant• Supports a three-yearIrving K. Barber LearningCentre (IKBLC) Initiative forStudent Teaching andResearch in ChineseCanadian Studies(INSTRCC) research project
  6. 6. Head Tax Database• Provides access to98,361 references toChinese immigrantswho arrived in Canadabetween 1885 and 1949• Indexed by theDepartment of History atthe University of BritishColumbia• Workshops to takeplace at IKBLC
  7. 7. Family, Local, & Community• To create awareness inthe community of thewide range of resourcesin the writing andresearch• Starts off with ChineseCanadian, but allcommunity familyhistories in BritishColumbia areinterconnected due togeographical proximity• Use of oral histories
  8. 8. 3. Exhibition Space• Collaboration withUBC Asian Library• A collection ofCantonese Operamaterials at theExhibition Space• Master Wong Tao
  9. 9. 4. Reading and Lecture SeriesWayson ChoyMadeleine ThienDr. Timothy Brook
  10. 10. 5. Technology & Digital OutreachSun Yat-sen Classical Chinese Garden’s SK Lee Enchanted Evening Concert SeriesDistance learning & outreachIKBLC webcasts
  11. 11. IKBLC Vision and Goals• IKBLC’s mandate to“work effectively togetherin continuing to build abetter British Columbiathrough the sharing ofknowledge andexperience”
  12. 12. Irving K. Barber Learning CentreQuestions?Allan ChoProgram Services Librarian1-604-827-4366
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