RICHMOND (July 19, 2021) – MLA for Richmond North Centre, and Opposition Critic for Multiculturalism, Teresa Wat has issued the following statement in recognition of Chinese Cultural Heritage Week:
“July 19 to 25 is Chinese Cultural Heritage Week, a time for us to remember and honour the incredible contributions Chinese Canadians have made to our province’s culture, heritage, economy, and identity.
“From the historic Chinatowns found in Vancouver, Victoria, and communities across B.C., to the many contributions to commerce, transportation, tourism, arts, and culture, the legacy of Chinese Canadians can be found in every corner of our province. I was incredibly honoured to mark many of B.C.’s historic sites of Chinese Canadian achievements through the Legacy Initiatives Program.
“It’s also important that we recognize the incredible challenges Chinese Canadians have faced in our province’s history and the many challenges they continue to face today. From the Chinese Head Tax to the hundreds of Chinese Canadian lives lost building the railroads, we must never forget the adversity so many faced when they did so much to bring our province to where it is today.
“Sadly, our province lost an important cultural landmark last month as a result of the Lytton wildfire. My heart goes out to the Lytton Chinese History Museum and the many people fighting to preserve their communities and historical landmarks threatened by the forest fires currently raging throughout British Columbia.
“I would like to thank the many cultural organizations across our province for everything they have done and continue to do to honour the legacy of Chinese Canadians and all cultural groups that have done so much to build B.C. and make it such an incredible place for us all to call home.”