Exploring and understanding Chinatown is important because it is one of the founding communities of the settler culture of Vancouver and Chinatown itself is an incredibly important district just for the role it is played in the terminal city but at the same time it is a very unique space. There are very few Chinatowns left in North America that are truly Chinatowns and here we have that confluence of architecture and society buildings, we have the food, we have the language, – it is all there as a cultural landscape. It is a part of the history of the city that needs to be explored and illuminated so people care so we don’t lose Chinatown.

John Atkin, Historian