Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Scenes from Chinatown's 100th

On Saturday, September 6, 2009 Winnipeg's Chinatown held a street party to mark it's 100th year.  The event included a stage show of Chinese Opera, a Miss Chinatown pageant, dragon dances, martial arts displays. Evening concerts including a performance by the WSO.

Hanfeng Chorus: Chinese Opera
New LG Philip Lee

There were also some displays of historical material such as certificates and photos. This was nice to see. Chinatown, for such an historical area of the city, has had very little written about it. 

There was, of course, the chance to wander around Chinatown without having to worry about pesky vehicles to get a look at some of the interesting and colourful buildings.

Chinatown has been in need of TLC for a lot of years. It was back in the 1980s that there was an infusion of money for new residential development  and the Chinese Cultural Centre. There is talk of new developments being looked at. I hope so. As the Exchange continues to thrive and become an increasingly pricey commercial and residential destination, perhaps this could herald new demand for Winnipeg's Chinatown.

Chinatown Project Under Study WFP
Winnipeg Chinese Cultural & Community Centre
Chinatown History (Cross Canada, but centres on B.C.)
Chinese Albertan History

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