BC Wants To Honour Vancouver’s Chinatown As UNESCO World Heritage Site

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The Province of British Columbia and the City of Vancouver are joining together to have Vancouver’s Chinatown designated as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage site.

Both parties believe the area has outstanding universal value.

“Vancouver’s Chinatown is a powerful symbol of the resilience, determination and courage of generations of the Chinese community and people who have helped build this province,” said Premier John Horgan.

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Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and Premier Horgan signed a memorandum of understanding reaffirming their governments’ commitments in seeking this designation. The recent event took place at the Chinese Cultural Centre in downtown Vancouver.

New Chapter For City’s Chinatown

It’s a new chapter for Canada’s largest Chinatown and signifies its importance.

The site will serve as a permanent reminder of the racism, discrimination and hardships faced by Chinese-Canadian pioneers, who helped build the province and nation.

In addition, both the city and the province have committed to establishing a Chinese-Canadian museum.

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