ACAM 390A: Food and the Heritage of Chinese Migrations

This unique hybrid field study in BC will allow UBC students to explore multi-disciplinary perspectives on the histories, cultures, and geographies of Cantonese migration. These migration networks primarily stem from the “Szeyup” or “Four Counties” area of Canton (Guangdong) Province, the home region of many overseas Chinese who went to Canada in the 19th and 20th centuries. These Pacific migration networks include regions in Southeast Asia as well as North America.

For summer 2022, our key themes will include an investigation of the historical context of Chinese migration around the Pacific, the interactions and engagements of migrants with Indigenous communities as well as other migrant communities; forms and causes of segregation; the evolution of food practices and foodways; cultural heritage conservation; space activation and the changing livelihoods of residents and migrants over time and space.

The course will be delivered through virtual lectures and films, field excursions to sites such as Vancouver’s Chinatown, and landing sites of early Asian migrants on Vancouver Island, as well as virtual tours of heritage spaces across the Pacific. Students will have the opportunity to work on community-based projects alongside local organizations to complement their experiential learning. Course delivery is subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions.

This course is led by UBC faculty member Henry Yu.


ACAM390A Virtual Showcase 2021:

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