Sample Oral Histories

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, travelled across Canada to conduct and record interviews with immigrants, refugees, settlement workers and others who have lived experiences relating to immigration. Several of PCHC-Mom’s directors and honorary advisors were interviewed. Their stories are found below.

Pier 21 Oral Histories

Pier 21 conducted over one hour long interviews with these individuals – visit the links below to listen to short clips about peoples in Pacific Canada.

PCHC Hon. Advisor Christine Brodie

PCHC Executive Director Winnie L. Cheung

PCHC Hon. Patron Wallace B. Chung

PCHC Past President Harbhajan S. Gill

PCHC Past Vice President Lt.-Col. George Ing


UBC/UBC ACAM Student Films

From Chopsticks to Hockey Sticks (2014) – By Josie Chow (FIPR 469A)


An Act of Grace: UBC’s First Sikh Immigrant Family (2016) – Dominique Bautista, Alejandro Yoshizawa and Tyler Mark 


Radicalizing Intimacy in Queer Asian Canadian Youth (2014) – Stephanie Fung and Joanna Yang (FIPR 469A) (9:01)

This short film documentary explores how six queer Asian Canadian youth redefine and radicalize the concept of intimacy. Various types of intimacy that defy heteronormative values suggest that seemingly “concrete” notions of closeness and identity are not so straightforward after all.


Japanese Canadian internment: interview with Mary Kitagawa (2015) – Atieh Yekta (HIST 483) (21:35)

ACAM Community Member Mary Kitagawa shares her experience of growing up during the Japanese Canadian internment, when the federal government forcibly removed 22,000 Japanese Canadians from B.C. in 1942 and relocated them inland. She also discusses her journey of leading the campaign for UBC to award honorary degrees to the 76 Japanese Canadian students affected by internment.ACAM Community Member Mary Kitagawa shares her experience of growing up during the Japanese Canadian internment, when the federal government forcibly removed 22,000 Japanese Canadians from B.C. in 1942 and relocated them inland. She also discusses her journey of leading the campaign for UBC to award honorary degrees to the 76 Japanese Canadian students affected by internment.


Viettown: Finding Life in Vancouver (2015) –  Mimi Nguyen (8:35)

Mimi Nguyen explores her father’s experiences as a Vietnamese refugee and as a Canadian citizen in this episode of four videos she made for the project. Visit her WordPress site for more stories and videos.


Challenges in the Intergenerational Transmission of Sikhism (2015) – By Emmett Chan (ASIA 475) (12:49)

This video explores the impact of Sikhism on different generations. It was created for ASIA 475: “Documenting Punjabi Canada” at the University of British Columbia. For more information and digital video and audio projects produced from the course, click here.


Black Strathcona

Black Strathcona: Hogan’s Alley


Black Strathcona: Militant Mothers


More by Various Partners – on People and Places in Pacific Canada

All Our Father’s Relations – Alejandro Yoshizawa


Cross Cultural Strathcona Walking Tour – May 2019 (JMA BC)


Civic Education Society Canada with Winnie Cheung


Harpreet Singh Show: Interview with Harbhajan Gill & Raj Toor


Henry Yu – Chinese Canadian Stories Project


Henry Yu – Our Future as a Half-Chinese City: Lessons from History (University of British Columbia)


History of Cantonese Chinese in Cuba (Inside a Chinese Clan): Dan Seto


IN CHINATOWN — Telus STORYHIVE docu-series of the enduring stories of the people and places of Vancouver Chinatown. Directed by Stephanie Chong and Bryce Quan.

Ep1 – Fook 福 – Luck, Health & HappinessWith increased land values fuelling a demographic shift in residents — 16-year old Shawn and 90-year old Mrs. Hui, long time residents of Vancouver’s Chinatown, share their perspectives on life in the community.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nH6NwWqusVc

Ep2 – Luk 祿 – Success & Stability

Feat. Keller and Kar Hing Ng, Douglas Chang

Ep3 – Sau 壽 – Longevity

Feat. Grace Kwan, Doris Chow

In Chinatown – Ep1 – Fook – Luck, Health & Happiness


INSTRCC – Vancouver Chinatown: Past, Present, and Future

Part I

Part II


Japanese Canadian War Memorial 100th Anniversary (Nikkei Museum)


Larry Grant (Produced by CCS) 

Part I: Not Belonging

Part II: Intertwining Cultures 


Learning Cantonese in Chinatown Vancouver – Youth Collaborative for Chinatown Interview (ACCESS TV)


Nellie Yip’s House (Chinese Canadian UBC)


Philippines Historama


Project 40 Collective: Museum Conversations with PCHC-MoM (Tineke & Eleanor)


Remembering Jim Wong-Chu: A Celebration of Life (Ricepaper Magazine)

Part I 

Part II


VAFF: Havana Divas


Vancouver Asahi – Heritage Minutes


Dr. Vivienne Poy – Passage to Promise Land: Voices of Chinese Immigrant Women to Canada (HKU)


Wayson Choy – Vancouver Memorial and Tribute (Elwin Xie)


Youth Collaborative for Chinatown Interview (Samson Tam)


Yucho Chow – Chinatown Photographer 1906 – 1949 (by Elwin Xie)


Yucho Chow Launch: Dan Seto 


PCHC-MoM Society

The Pacific Canada Heritage Centre – Museum of Migration (PCHC – MoM) Society is a non-profit society incorporated in 2011.  

PCHC aims to cultivate a wider and more inclusive understanding and appreciation of the history and heritage of Pacific Canada and beyond by highlighting the histories previously underrepresented Indigenous and other marginalized peoples and communities, through research, preservation, exhibition, formal instruction and informal learning. Visit our main website to learn more.


The Pacific Canada Heritage Centre – Museum of Migration (PCHC – MoM) Society is located on the unceded traditional territories of the Skwxwú7mesh, Səl̓ílwətaɬ and xʷməθkwəy̓əm First Nations.

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