Updated 360 Riot Walk Project Highlights Vancouver’s Anti-Asian HistoryJai Djwa
Experience the 1907 Anti-Asian Riots Through Interactive 360 Video Technology
Vancouver, BC — Artist Henry Tsang recently launched a brand-new website for 360 Riot Walk, an immersive, self-guided 360° video walking tour of the 1907 Anti-Asian Riots in Vancouver. Tsang and his creative team from Emily Carr University of Art and Design have added and improved colourized archival photos and navigation features to the interactive digital tour. The new enhancements will make 360 Riot Walk more accessible to the public as an educational resource, allowing a wider audience to learn about Vancouver’s racist history through a unique blend of art and innovative 360° video technology.
“360 Riot Walk is an aesthetic attempt to encourage dialogue and awareness of this historic event as a way to reflect upon the ongoing struggle since early colonial times about who has the right to live here,” says Tsang. “Given the resurgence of anti-Asian, anti-Black, anti-Muslim and anti-indigenous violence today, it has become disappointingly and alarmingly clear that racism, as it was practiced in the formative decades of Vancouver’s, British Columbia’s and Canada’s founding, has not yet been exorcised.”
The recent rise of racist rhetoric has made fulfilling 360 Riot Walk’s mission of connecting different communities even more important. Tsang has partnered with the Powell Street Festival, Carnegie Community Centre, Project 1907 and the Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall to offer in-person guided tours in Fall 2020. Various community groups, including marginalized members in Chinatown, the Downtown Eastside and Nihonmachi, can enjoy the tour free of charge and engage in a discussion about Vancouver’s dark past in relation to the racism that still exists today.
About 360 Riot Walk
Introduced to the public in the summer of 2019, 360 Riot Walk is an interactive walking tour of the 1907 Anti-Asian Riots in Vancouver. It utilizes 360° video technology to trace the history and route of the mob that attacked the Chinese Canadian and Japanese Canadian communities following the demonstration and parade organized by the Asiatic Exclusion League in Vancouver. Participants are immersed in the social and political environment of the time when racialized communities were targeted through both legislated and physical acts of exclusion and violence. The soundtrack is available in four languages spoken by local residents during that period: English, Cantonese, Japanese and Punjabi.
About the Artist
Henry Tsang is a Vancouver-based artist and an associate professor at Emily Carr University. His art projects explore the spatial politics of history, language, community, food and cultural translation in relationship to place. Tsang’s artworks take the form of gallery exhibitions, pop-up street food offerings, 360 video walking tours, curated dinners, ephemeral and permanent public art, employing video, photography, language, interactive media, food and convivial events.360 Riot Walk was created by Henry Tsang with funding for production and development from Creative BC and the British Columbia Arts Council, Neighbourhood Matching Fund of the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, and an SSHRC Explore Grant through Emily Carr University. Institutional and community partners include Basically Good Media Lab at Emily Carr University of Art & Design, Carnegie Community Centre, Chinese Canadian Historical Society, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall, Powell Street Festival, and Project 1907.