A Tale of Two Chinatowns (And a Little India)
Just arrived back from a trip to Asia where, among other things, I took part in a short exchange with the National University of Singapore.
This was all part of a History course that took a comparative approach to exploring planning issues in the ethnic spaces (mostly chinatowns) of Vancouver, Singapore and to a lesser extent Malacca, in Malaysia. The students were divided into several working groups, covering areas such as mapping, architectural modeling, real estate marketing, and video (which I helped to facilitate). Each was responsible for creating a final project presentable to university and government officials, professors and local planners.
So as our little group nosed around these two fascinating cities, talking to planners, historians and local residents as we went, we managed to produce this film. Its purpose is to function as a snapshot of life as it’s being lived in these cities, as well as an attempt to distill some of the most current thinking on these spaces into a digestible format.
See it here: