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May 27, 2021

Myseum Intersections 2021: ChinaTOwn Symposium

Talk exploring how chinatowns have come to be defined & develop what a heritage future might look for chinatowns in Toronto & elsewhere.

ChinaTOwn: Future Heritage(s) of Toronto's Chinatowns Symposium

What could the heritage future of chinatown look like? The ChinaTOwn digital symposium, presented by Prof. Linda Zhang of Ryerson School of Interior Design at FCAD, will begin the discussion by looking at the history and origins of architectural motifs that we now recognize in chinatowns today.

From the first Chinatown in San Francisco, to the world’s fairs that fascinated visitors with false portrayals of Chinese culture, the symposium will explore exactly what defines the “Chinatown-ness” that we know today, and how we arrived at that definition.

The symposium will also introduce some of the realities and challenges faced by Toronto’s existing chinatowns today, as businesses are forced to move out and new policies affect the livelihood of these communities. These findings will be presented as part of our speakers’ bodies of work, art and activism.

Throughout the symposium the project will connect back to the exhibit installations to help us respond and develop what a heritage future might look like for chinatowns in Toronto.


  • Registration accessibility: Should you need any help registering/accessing registration through Eventbrite please contact us at info@myseumoftoronto.com.
  • Live Captioning will be provided.
  • For accommodations such as ASL interpretation, please contact Festival & Programming Coordinator, Sarah Tumaliuan by email saraht@myseumoftoronto.com by May17th and we will do our best to meet all requests.

If you have any additional requirements or accommodations, please let us know by emailing info@myseumoftoronto.com and we will do our best to accommodate.