Crossing Borders - An Immigrant's Tale

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Monday, October 3rd, 2022
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Program Description

Learn about the objects, stories and lives of Chinese immigrants and those they interacted with in early Vancouver.

This program is a perfect resource for classroom studies on Chinese immigration to Canada. Students will discuss the issues surrounding early Chinese immigration, watch a short video, look through our immigration suitcases and use critical thinking skills to draw conclusions and create a short presentation. 

This program pairs very well with our Chinatown Walking Tour, exploring the architecture and stories from the early days of Chinatown as well as the vibrant community it is today.

Please note this program takes place inside the Ming Dymasty Scholar's Garden but does not include a Garden Tour. Garden Tours can be booked as a separate add-on. 

Contact us or visit our website for more information. 

Big Ideas
  • Exploring stories and other texts helps us understand ourselves and make connections to others and to the world.
  • Questioning what we hear, read, and view contributes to our ability to be educated and engaged citizens.
  • Exploring and sharing multiple perspectives extends our thinking.
  • Canada’s policies and treatment of minority peoples have negative and positive legacies.
  • Immigration and multiculturalism continue to shape Canadian society and identity.
  • Systems of government vary in their respect for human rights and freedoms.
  • Contacts and conflicts between peoples stimulated significant cultural, social, political change.
  • Exploration, expansion, and colonization had varying consequences for different groups.
  • Human and environmental factors shape changes in population and living standards.
  • Collective identity is constructed and can change over time.
  • Disparities in power alter the balance of relationships between individuals and between societies.
  • Emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence societies and events.
  • COVID Precautions

    Our trips are in-person and the health, safety and well-being of our visitors, employees, volunteers and our extended community is always our top priority. We continue to be guided by the advice of local, provincial and national public health officials and will make decisions as needed moving forward. For everyone's safety, for the time being: - We will only be admitting one class of students plus chaperones at a time. - All classes/programs will be led by facilitators. We are sorry that we cannot accomodate self-guided class visits at this time. - Classes will be split into smaller groups to facilitate physical distancing in the Garden - We recommend all visitors to the Garden wear a mask. Masks are available at Visitor Services upon request. - Hand sanitizer is available at the front entrance and at various points throughout the Garden - Please don't hesitate to speak to us about any special needs or concerns you or your group may have. As a non-profit organization, the Garden is grateful for your continued support and understanding.

    Trip Details
    For Grades: 
    5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
    90 minutes unless otherwise stated.
    Maximum Students: 
    Offered In French: 
    Also Offered For: 
    Adult Groups, Daycamps, ESL, Guides, Homeschool, Other, Scouts
    Packages Provided: 
    Pre-Visit Information Package
    Fee Details
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    Fee Notes: 

    Minimum 10 paying participants.

    Pre-K to Grade 7: one adult per 5 students admitted free

    Secondary and post-secondary: one adult per 10 students admitted free