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Bringing the Past to the
Present:
Chinese Canadian Family History and
Migration Collections and Programs at the
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre


Allan Cho
Program Services Librarian
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

(1) Outreach
 Programs
(2) Learning
 Support Services
(3) Collections
(4) Exhibition
 Spaces
(5) Technology
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
1. The Chung Collection
   Housed in UBC's 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)
2. Community Historical
         Recognition Program (CHRP)

• On January 22, 2009, the
Community Historical
Recognition Program
(CHRP) announced $50,000
grant

• Supports a three-year
Irving K. Barber Learning
Centre (IKBLC) Initiative for
Student Teaching and
Research in Chinese
Canadian Studies
(INSTRCC) research project
Head Tax Database
• Provides access to
98,361 references to
Chinese immigrants
who arrived in Canada
between 1885 and 1949

• Indexed by the
Department of History at
the University of British
Columbia

• Workshops to take
place at IKBLC
Family, Local, &
          Community
• To create awareness in
the community of the
wide range of resources
in the writing and
research

• Starts off with Chinese
Canadian, but all
community family
histories in British
Columbia are
interconnected due to
geographical proximity

• Use of oral histories
3. Exhibition Space

• Collaboration with
UBC Asian Library

• A collection of
Cantonese Opera
materials at the
Exhibition Space

• Master Wong Tao
4. Reading and Lecture Series

Wayson  Choy
Madeleine Thien
Dr. Timothy Brook
5. Technology & Digital Outreach
Sun  Yat-sen Classical
 Chinese Garden’s SK
 Lee Enchanted Evening
 Concert Series
Distance learning &
 outreach

IKBLC   webcasts
IKBLC Vision and Goals

• IKBLC’s mandate to
“work effectively together
in continuing to build a
better British Columbia
through the sharing of
knowledge and
experience”
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Questions?
Allan  Cho
Program Services
 Librarian
allan.cho@ubc.ca
1-604-827-4366
References
   Alexander, Ben.  “Excluding Archival Sciences; oral history and Historical Absence.”  Archival Science.  5 (2-4): 1-11.
   Anderson, Kay. “The Idea of Chinatown: The Power of Place and Institutional Practice in the Making of a Racial Category.” Annals of
    the Association of American Geographers. (77) 4: 580-598.
   Canada’s Ethnocultural Mosaic, 2006 Census: Canada's major census metropolitan areas.” 2006 Census: Analysis series. Statistics
    Canada. November 21, 2008.
   <http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census06/analysis/ethnicorigin/vancouver.cfm>
   The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative. “7 Things You Should Know About Digital Storytelling.” January 2007. Educause. April 29,
    2009. <<http://connect.educause.edu/Library/ELI/7T hingsYouShouldKnowAbout/39398>>
   Ethno-Cultural and Aboriginal Groups. June 21, 2005. Canadian Genealogy Centre. Library and Archives Canada. April 1, 2009.
    <http://www.collectionscanad a.gc.ca/genealogy/022-905.002-e.html>
   Featherstone, Mike. “Archiving Cultures.” British Journal of Sociology. (51)1: 161.
   Griffin, K. (2008, Apr 16). “$5 million, 25,000 items and UBC – A collection with special meaning.” Vancouver Sun, pp. A.1.
   James, Matt. “Recognition and Redistribution.” Canadian Journal of Political Science. (37) 4: 883-902.
   Lee, Erika. “Chinese Exclusion at the Borders with Canada and Mexico.” Journal of American History. 89 (1): 54-86.
   Newell, Dianne. “Beyond Chinatown: Overseas Chinese Intermediaries on the Multiethnic North-American Pacific Coast in the Age
    of Financial Capital.” Finance, intermediaries, and economic development. Edited. Stanley L. Engerman and Lance Edwin Davis.
    (Cambridge University Press, 2003): 247-264.
   “Statement of Purpose and Charter of Principles.” Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. 2005. University of British Columbia. April 29,
    2009. << http://www.ikebarberlearningcentre.ubc.ca/about/charter.html>>
   Swain, Ellen. “Oral History in the Archives: Its Documentary Role in the Twenty-first Century.” The American Archivist. Vol. 66
    (Spring/Summer): 139-158.
   Van Wingen, Melinda, and Abigail Bass. “Reappraising Archival Practice in Light of the New Social History.” Library Hi Tech. 26(4):
    575-585.
   Yu, Henry. “Refracting Pacific Canada,” BC Studies: The British Columbian Quarterly. 156/157 (Winter/Spring 2007/2008): 5-10.
   Yu, Henry. “Towards a Pacific History of the Americas.” Amerasia Journal. 33(2): xi-xix.

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Bringing the Past to the Present

  • 1. Bringing the Past to the Present: Chinese Canadian Family History and Migration Collections and Programs at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Allan Cho Program Services Librarian Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
  • 2. Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (1) Outreach Programs (2) Learning Support Services (3) Collections (4) Exhibition Spaces (5) Technology
  • 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. 1. The Chung Collection  Housed in UBC's 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. 2. Community Historical Recognition Program (CHRP) • On January 22, 2009, the Community Historical Recognition Program (CHRP) announced $50,000 grant • Supports a three-year Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC) Initiative for Student Teaching and Research in Chinese Canadian Studies (INSTRCC) research project
  • 6. Head Tax Database • Provides access to 98,361 references to Chinese immigrants who arrived in Canada between 1885 and 1949 • Indexed by the Department of History at the University of British Columbia • Workshops to take place at IKBLC
  • 7. Family, Local, & Community • To create awareness in the community of the wide range of resources in the writing and research • Starts off with Chinese Canadian, but all community family histories in British Columbia are interconnected due to geographical proximity • Use of oral histories
  • 8. 3. Exhibition Space • Collaboration with UBC Asian Library • A collection of Cantonese Opera materials at the Exhibition Space • Master Wong Tao
  • 9. 4. Reading and Lecture Series Wayson Choy Madeleine Thien Dr. Timothy Brook
  • 10. 5. Technology & Digital Outreach Sun Yat-sen Classical Chinese Garden’s SK Lee Enchanted Evening Concert Series Distance learning & outreach IKBLC webcasts
  • 11. IKBLC Vision and Goals • IKBLC’s mandate to “work effectively together in continuing to build a better British Columbia through the sharing of knowledge and experience”
  • 12. Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Questions? Allan Cho Program Services Librarian allan.cho@ubc.ca 1-604-827-4366
  • 13. References  Alexander, Ben.  “Excluding Archival Sciences; oral history and Historical Absence.”  Archival Science.  5 (2-4): 1-11.  Anderson, Kay. “The Idea of Chinatown: The Power of Place and Institutional Practice in the Making of a Racial Category.” Annals of the Association of American Geographers. (77) 4: 580-598.  Canada’s Ethnocultural Mosaic, 2006 Census: Canada's major census metropolitan areas.” 2006 Census: Analysis series. Statistics Canada. November 21, 2008.  <http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census06/analysis/ethnicorigin/vancouver.cfm>  The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative. “7 Things You Should Know About Digital Storytelling.” January 2007. Educause. April 29, 2009. <<http://connect.educause.edu/Library/ELI/7T hingsYouShouldKnowAbout/39398>>  Ethno-Cultural and Aboriginal Groups. June 21, 2005. Canadian Genealogy Centre. Library and Archives Canada. April 1, 2009. <http://www.collectionscanad a.gc.ca/genealogy/022-905.002-e.html>  Featherstone, Mike. “Archiving Cultures.” British Journal of Sociology. (51)1: 161.  Griffin, K. (2008, Apr 16). “$5 million, 25,000 items and UBC – A collection with special meaning.” Vancouver Sun, pp. A.1.  James, Matt. “Recognition and Redistribution.” Canadian Journal of Political Science. (37) 4: 883-902.  Lee, Erika. “Chinese Exclusion at the Borders with Canada and Mexico.” Journal of American History. 89 (1): 54-86.  Newell, Dianne. “Beyond Chinatown: Overseas Chinese Intermediaries on the Multiethnic North-American Pacific Coast in the Age of Financial Capital.” Finance, intermediaries, and economic development. Edited. Stanley L. Engerman and Lance Edwin Davis. (Cambridge University Press, 2003): 247-264.  “Statement of Purpose and Charter of Principles.” Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. 2005. University of British Columbia. April 29, 2009. << http://www.ikebarberlearningcentre.ubc.ca/about/charter.html>>  Swain, Ellen. “Oral History in the Archives: Its Documentary Role in the Twenty-first Century.” The American Archivist. Vol. 66 (Spring/Summer): 139-158.  Van Wingen, Melinda, and Abigail Bass. “Reappraising Archival Practice in Light of the New Social History.” Library Hi Tech. 26(4): 575-585.  Yu, Henry. “Refracting Pacific Canada,” BC Studies: The British Columbian Quarterly. 156/157 (Winter/Spring 2007/2008): 5-10.  Yu, Henry. “Towards a Pacific History of the Americas.” Amerasia Journal. 33(2): xi-xix.