Speaker: Henry Yu
For most of Vancouver's history, 'eating local' was not a luxury but a reality. Discover the little-known history of Chinese farms in the Vancouver area, as told by the farming families themselves in the wonderful film Covered Roots: The History of Vancouver's Chinese Farms, by Alejandro Yoshizawa and Wendy Phung. Meet some of the families interviewed in the film who grew up on the now disappearing farms, including Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC President Ken Yip.
UBC historian Dr. Henry Yu will talk about the hidden history of the Chinese Canadian food industry, and how they were part of the vertically integrated produce distribution industry that included corner grocery stores in every neighbourhood and cooks everywhere from neighbourhood restaurants to Shaughnessy houses to the B.C. Ferries.
Event Host: Museum of Vancouver