Immigrant stories to be highlighted at new Chinese-Canadian museum

July 23, 2020

By CBC News |

Grace Wong’s parents have an immigrant story not unlike many others.

Her father came to Canada from China in the early 1920s and, after a few trips back and forth, he married her mother in China and they had a son. He returned to Vancouver, but he was unable to bring his new family to Canada for many years because of anti-Asian immigration policies.

It wasn’t until the early 1950s, after Canada amended its laws, that Wong’s mother and brother could come to Vancouver. Soon after, Grace was born.

Wong is heading up the new Chinese Canadian Museum Society of British Columbia, which will oversee the development and operation of a new museum in Vancouver’s Chinatown. Earlier this week, the B.C. government announced a $10-million investment into the establishment of the museum.

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