Asian Canadians on Vancouver Island
3 years, 225K from SSHRC
Goal: is to reconceptualize Asian-Canadian histories on Vancouver Island
Deliverables: digital history website; learning resources for history teachers; two books; research collection
Content: Emphasis is on stories such as Chinese and First-Nation longshoring in Chemainus, Japanese Barber for Sikhs in Duncan, Chinese restaurant serving First Nations; Chinese-C and Japanese-C and the labour movement
Themes: relations between A-C minorities, relations between A-C and respective homeland communities, dealing with expectations to be "good Canadians" from within community and from non A-C community.
vs CCAP which is 8 month project whose goal is an online inventory of Chinese Canadian stuff in BC museums, but no derived stories, themes, narrative publications.
- any questions about who owns the stories, or political sensitivities to them being told
- how to accept input from targetted communities?
- how to present website as more than a hodge-podge of stories? any unifying themes, treatments etc.? E.g. restaurants as sites of interaction between target groups
- is the repository only those items directly related to the stories being told, those + items on similar themes/topics but not referenced in the stories, or those two + other stuff on the target communities? I.e. what's the relationship between the scope of the repository and the scope of the stories being told?