Book Talk with the Vancouver Heritage Foundation
Date: Tuesday, May 16th, 7pm – 8:30pm
Location: University Women’s Club at Hycroft Manor
Based on 360 Riot Walk, an interactive walking tour created by Henry Tsang, White Riot: The 1907 Anti-Asian Riots in Vancouver explores the conditions leading up to and the impact of the demonstration and ensuing mob attack on the city’s Chinese Canadian and Japanese Canadian communities in Vancouver. It delves into the social and political environment of the time, when racialized communities were targeted through legislated as well as physical acts of exclusion and violence, and poses the question: in the current ethos of anti-racism and decolonization, what does it take to reconcile our collective histories within the legacy of white supremacy? In this illustrated book talk, artist and author Henry Tsang will explore to this pivotal moment in the history of racialized communities and a cultural and social context for understanding for the current wave of anti-Asian sentiment, highlighted by archival photographs of the riots colourized by Tsang as well as those of contemporary Vancouver where the riots took place.